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[IP] Stupid (?) pump questions

Thanks RoseLea,

I just discovered that I have misspelled your name on the Ohio Pumpers
Digest.   To add insult to injury, I was talking about your mythical amd
mystical properties.  A legend in my own mind!  But I'll have to work on the
spelling I guess, before I can join your fan club! <G>

A good question on the lack of referrals.  Right now, I am in an HMO with
Aetna Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  And, in order to see a specialist, I must be
referred by my primary care physician.  In October, I will be with United
Health Care and can go to whatever specialsts I want to.  (within network).
I don't know for sure what my health coverage will be like if I get my
disability pension from School Employees Retirement System in Ohio, or
Medicare (both have been applied for).

Again, thanks to you and everone else who answered my stupid (?) questions.
I'll be reading the book more over the weekend so that I can present a good
case to my primary care person.


> Chris,
> For me, all exercise causes me to go low.  So, I generally disconnect for
> any type of water activity.  YMMV.  There are pumps that can be worn while
> in the water... Animas is one, Disetronic D-Tron is another.  I believe
> Paradigm can also be worn in the water, not sure about the newer
> Deltec.  Get information from all the manufacturers and ask them about
> wearing their pump or pumps in the water.
> I also disconnect for "romantic interludes" since, for me, the same issue
> of going low applies to that activity as well.  I believe that you can
> disconnect from a pump safely for an hour, check bg after activity and
> bolus if necessary.  Some folks may also bolus the basal they'll miss
> being disconnected.  This is all a "Your Mileage May Vary" issue and you'd
> have to wait and see what works best for you.
> I'm wondering why you're having such a difficult time getting referrals to
> any specialists.   Does your insurance require referrals?  Perhaps you
> to speak bluntly with your practitioner and see if you can't get a better
> response, or look for a new practitioner to work with.
> Don't think that you'll have to give up any activities that you enjoy now
> or that you'll not be able to engage in any new ones because of the
> pump.  For me, the pump has made my life so much better than MDI.  Good
> luck. :o)
> RoseLea
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