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Subject: [IP] taking a break?
>> Does anyone ever feel the need to take a break from the pump? I
>> for a day or 2 between changing sites just go on shots again.
>> just don't want to be connected. you know? So, what do you do? I
>> a prescription for humalog, and wouldn't want to take any long
>> anyways because it would linger in my system. So that means a
shot every 4
>> hours. How do you remind yourself to do that? Is this safe? If
I go off
>> the pump at all and switch to shots, even for less than a whole
day, I feel
>> like total crap and end up with high bgs and ketones. There's got
to be a
>> way. any ideas?
Julie, I understand how you feel about wanting to take a break from
the pump. I've only been off my pump 3-4 times in the 18+ years I've
been using one, and every time (save when I was in the hospital after
my daughter was born) it has been awful. I've tried managing things
by taking multiple injections of Humulin R, using Lente+Humulin
(Humalog wasn't around the last time I tried taking a break), and I
could never get a handle on things. Don't know why I ever tried.
Having said that, however, I recently asked my endo about the
possibility of using Lantus and Humalog if I wanted to take a break
for a day. We recently purchased a boat and, while I've heard great
things about the MM Sports Guard, I'm just anal enough that I don't
trust it - I've got too much invested financially and emotionally in
my pump to take a chance on the having the guard leak and ruin the
electronics of the device when I'm 50-100 miles away from home. He
said this was a reasonable option, better than using Ultra, and that
he'd give me a sample bottle when I see him later this month. I
figure I can check it out and if it works reasonably well (better
than using a long-acting, anyway) it will bring me some comfort to
know I've got the option if I just don't want to be plugged in.
Don't know if this would work for you, but you might want to talk to
your doctor about it.
dx 10/68, pumping 12/82
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