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August 2003

Brain and Insulin

Memory Lane

I've been sensing and feeling connections between my cognitive ability and my memory retrieval ability in relationship with the level of blood sugar in my blood stream. So this type of article fascinates me.

One of the reasons I strive for as normal blood sugar as possible, is that I just plain have trouble thinking when it's high. The higher, the worse it is.

What differences have I seen?

I've been on the pump now, for almost a week. I've seen a huge number of improvements.

  • Higher energy level
  • Sleep better (when not checking basal rates
  • Weight loss
  • Improved appearance to others -- I have been getting lots of comments, from vague, you look good today, to wow, your coloring is better

I actually almost enjoy the gym.

Problems? Hmmm, can't think of any. I was dreading site changes, but after doing it twice with no problems, that isn't an issue. yeah, I carry around this box, but on the other hand, I don't have to give myself injections all the time.

I do a lot more blood testing than before, but I think that will start tapering off some.

Fine Tuning Basal Rates

One of the less charming aspects of pumping is fine tuning basal rates.

Basically, you have to stop bolusing -- and eating -- and check your blood sugar every hour. I started last night at 8:00 -- so the test officially started at 10:00. So far, I've managed to make most of the testing times -- at night they do let you go every other hour.

Actually my pump trainer has guessed pretty good. Right now, the rates are running good. I think the problem occurs in a few hours from now -- around 8:00 am. I'm not sure if I can make it that long without food, but I"m going to try.


I cannot believe how much better I feel already.

Everyone at school has been commented on how much better my color is. But the best part, is that I have energy to do my work.