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Re: [IP] HOT Weather & pumping?
In a message dated 04/27/2000 11:07:29 AM US Mountain Standard Time,
email @ redacted writes:
OK, here's my 2 cents worth, from one of the hottest places that people
inhabit, Phoenix. I've been pumping 4 years with a MM506, with Velosulin,
and this will be my first summer with Humalog. My insulin hasn't degraded
when I spend time outside as long as the temperature stays under about
105-110. Above that it degrades quickly. In June and July we often have
115+ days. Two summers ago I had to run a pest control route full time in
the heat and was outside most of the day. I would be good until about mid
afternoon, then the bgs would shoot up and I'd have to change out the insulin
and the tubing. Seems to be OK to go for a couple hours at that temp but not
longer. One important thing seemed to be to keep the tubing out of the
A good solution was to wear a fanny pack with a "blue ice" pack in it. Then
put the pump in there wrapped in a washcloth and tuck in the tubing. A
little cumbersome, but the insulin stays good.
BTW, today it's 103 degrees out there. UGH!
<< > How long was Geneva's insulin in the pump? I'm having great success with
at least three days per site -- even a couple of four day sites. But I won't
jeopardize the insulin just because I can get another day or two!
I have been using Humalog in my pump since I started pumping 3 years ago in
March. I have NEVER had insulin go bad and I've occasionally let my sites
go for 5 days. I live in Southern Illinois, so it's not as warm as out in
AZ or CA, but it gets plenty hot and humid here for me!!
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