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Re: [IP] Pumping saline



Thanks Sharon.  I need all the help I can get as far as pumping goes.  My son
uses an insulin pen now, so when he starts the pump we will keep it for a back
up for things such as swimming where he wants to disconnect.

Take care,
Sheila

Sharon Brousseau wrote:

> Regarding swimming and disconnecting the pump. We can disconnect for about
> an hour. It has been advisable via the diabetes educator to test BG before
> disconnection and retest when the exercise is complete. You may or may not
> want to supplement or bolus insulin depending on the reading. I usually swim
> enough that I do not need to cover my post exercise reading. If your son is
> over his goal sugar: For instance I try to stay 90-160, If over 160 even 180
> I look at giving a bolus. The beauty of the pump, you can give .5 of a dose.
> One unit will get my blood sugar to drop 60 points. Depending on the
> exercise-exertion, and for instance my blood sugar is a little high-180, I
> just leave my dose alone. If it is over 180, and I want to drop by 20-30
> points, I give myself .5. Just watch your insulin to glucose ratio. It is OK
> to disconnect for an hour. Some insulin-pump digest people sometimes switch
> to an insulin pen and re-check and dose accordingly through out the day.  I
> like going to the waterpark once in a while-that method seems like the way
> to do it.  Best wishes. Sharon
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