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[IP] Taking course before becoming diabetic
I read with interest a few comments about the amount of education
necessary just to understand the new meters.
I heartily suggest everyone get a manual for the first AutoSyringe 6
pump with ONE bolus rate: which needed to be adjusted to YOUR
necessary ONE bolus rate by diluting insulin accordingly. This very
simple procedure also enabled you to decide how many units per meal to
take (once you had the division of units/infusion shot figured
This simple device was doable on a slide rule (I know, I proved it
once at a meeting of pump users in Fall of '81).
Currently there is more CPU power in pumps and meters than the
computers that sent rockets to the moon. Of course our control has
not improved THAT much, but it is becoming both easier and BETTER.
When the NEXT set of gizmos is released life may actually improve
dramatically dramatically (Minimed and others constant measure of
glucose and hook into pump of said meter). Not that I don't consider
the pump pretty dramatic: its just that everyone going on today is
getting all of us dinasaurs years of experience and getting an almost
overnight 20 years of experience (yes, I did also have great readings
soon after starting, but remember we couldn't have multiple rates and
insulin was still the blechy old U40 unpurified stuff)
Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.bizsystems.com/Diabetes/