RyanAnk

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  1. Hey everyone. I know there’s a few different topics on type 1 diabetic jumpers and insulin pumps but I want to start one and hear info specifically on jumping with your pump still attached, and what pump you have. I currently have a minimed paradigm 751 and I haven’t worn it in freefall yet, I’m worried about the rapid pressure changes with liquids in enclosed spaces. Does anyone else jump with this specific pump? If you don’t have this one, which one do you jump with? Do you have any weird stories of getting extra insulin In freefall from the pressure change and going low from it? Medtronic can’t give me a direct answer if skydiving will affect the way the pump functions. Seems to be a bit foreign to them. thanks for your input!!
  2. That’s awesome to hear it works well for you. I haven’t done anything past a hop n pop with mine attached yet so I think I’ll give it a shot soon! My sugars are pretty unstable for the exact same reasons as you were saying after disconnecting and waiting to board. I jump at Skydive the Falls up in NY! I’d love to be a part of a huge T1D jump!! I have another t1 friend from PA who would love to be a part of that too.
  3. Great to know the pump doesn’t malfunction under the pressure changes. I was worried of a crazy mis-dosage because my brain thought a liquid under pressure changes could drastically change flow. My sugars do spike from the adrenaline rush so I’m slowly working on how to level those out by a small dose before gearing up. Thanks for the info!!
  4. Hey everyone, I am a type 1 diabetic and just recently started my AFP training. I just completed my 4th AFP jump yesterday and when I was going up to do my 5th, I decided to not jump because my blood sugar spiked very high in the climb to altitude. I wear a CGM and am able to check my BG while riding up which is an awesome thing. I don’t however wear my insulin pump because I wasn’t sure what the quick change in altitude would do to it. So I unhook it just before I get into the plane. I felt a bit foggy around 8k and checked and I was shooting straight up and already at 250. Usually if I was at a stable 250 I would feel safe with it, but with the very rapid rise I felt like maybe exiting would be a bad idea. Does anyone have any experiance with having a BG that’s too high to jump? Or because it’s spiking and the altitude it makes you feel funny? I was mainly worried because I was always taught don’t ever do excerise if you’re very high, and I didn’t want to make my first mistake with that one in freefall. I’m a well controlled diabetic as well, (a1c 6.3~7.3, I know it can be better!), and I’m very hypoglycemic aware. I also carry gummies in my jumpsuit Incase I have a BG crash as well. Going low on the ride to altitude it’s much more clear of a “what to do” protocol. But the going very high very quick is what I wondered about if anyone has experienced that too. Also does anyone have issues wearing a minimed paradigm 751 while jumping? I’m contacting Medtronic to get an answer from them but I wondered if anyone in the community had one as well! Thanks everyone!