Bigfoot Read Book

Thank you for recommending this book!

Start read Pumping Insulin. This book explain pump, make future Bigfoot champion nuanced dosing moves. Also many graph, many acronym–glaze Bigfoot sheen obscure expertise like Trigonometry Teacher or Environmental Policy Wonk.

Commit spend 30 minutes/day read this book.

Notes so far:

  • what is our DIA? look in pump manual
  • check IOB at bedtime–to consider this factor in overnight lows
  • sexy diabetic women clip the pump to a garter belt
  • if 2 unexplained highs in a row, correct with a syringe + change site
  • whenever we change the site we should test 2 hrs. post
  • very high protein meals can cause high BG 4-12 hours later (protein slowly converts to sugar)
  • 28g in an ounce
  • if you eat 2000 calories a day, 1000-1200 of them should be carbs. That’s 250-300 carbs a day. 

What Bigfoot learn so far for apply to life:

Bubs probably eat at least 1000 calories/day? So 125-150 carbs. That good news. Bigfoot always feel shitty if Bubs have over 100g/day, not sure how settle on that number, probably part of Sam Talbot perfection/Bigfoot depression era. Even 150 normal.

It not so big deal change site. Not need consider tools precious. Not need give site second, third chance start work. Infusion set not like retainer. Not even like toothbrush, more like tampon. Not get attached.

IOB at bedtime = possibly big deal

Syringes still belong part of regular kit



  1. Leighann of D-Mom Blog · June 6, 2012

    You can get the pink panther pump book online for free (I’ll try to remember to send you the link). I still haven’t read that behemoth of a book you have in your hands!

    We have only give TWO, count that…TWO…injections in almost 3 years of pumping. It’s rare that a blood sugar doesn’t come down and if it doesn’t the new site usually does the trick.


  2. Julia · June 7, 2012

    Be careful with Walsh’s calculations, though I find them useful now that our DD is a teen and almost full grown. For instance the 1800 Rule does not even apply to her now, and certainly would have been dangerous to follow when she was younger. Our correction factor was worked out by our Pedi Endo. If it needed adjusting, we were to go up or down in ten point increments (I’m sure this is different for each child). I had once figured out that if I applied the 2000 Rule to her Total Daily BASAL dose, the numbers meshed; had I applied it to her TDD she would have been in serious trouble. Likewise, I found Gary Scheiner’s recomendations for Ex Carbs during sports spot on, while Walsh was advising giving too many Ex Carbs for exercise.Walsh’s book was written mostly with adults in mind. It’s a great book, but run the Rules and calculations advised through your pedi endo. And nothing beats your own observation of your own child; his patterns, how he reacts to carbs, lows, highs, exercise. Believe me when I say in a year or so, you will be the expert when it comes to your own child. Every child’s metabolism is different. I found Type 1 Diabetes by Ragnar Hanas the most useful book, Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner would be second most useful, and I am finding Walsh immensely more useful as she is almost adult sized.


  3. Reyna · June 7, 2012

    Never read it..but found Julia’s comment interesting. I, too…love Think Like A Pancreas. All of the information sounds interesting though…and …it enhances your/our understanding of pumping. Keep up the good work Bigfoot Lady. I love ya…


    • Katy · June 8, 2012

      I took Think Like a P. out of the library when we got home from the hospital, and absorbed nothing. I should try it again.


  4. Jacquie Paul Wojcik · June 7, 2012

    Yes! Like a tampon! I’m going to start applying that thought to the sensors I wear, too. I get way too attached to them. Tampon sensors.


  5. Sara · June 8, 2012

    Did I forget to tell you to read that book VERRRYYY slowly… one chapter a month or so!!

    Interesting to read the other comments. I thought Think Like a Pancreas was a good read, but I found Pumping Insulin much more helpful, especially the chapter on basal rates.



    • Katy · June 8, 2012

      Glad to hear it. I took tonight off!


  6. shannon · June 15, 2012


    i’ve not read the book yet, so i am learning along with you. i didn’t know that about high protein meals, but it makes sense. as far as the IOB at bedtime is concerned, i agree, but with a caveat. during L’s first year (while she was honeymooning) we were/she was far more sensitive to her iob. now that she’s had it for a couple years we find ourselves being less influenced by the iob. at this point we take into account how long ago the bolus was. like if it was right before bedtime, we keep an eye on it, but if it’s over 2 hours ago then not so much. make sense? i’m afraid i’m not.


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