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*To*: Insulin Pumpers <email @ redacted>*Subject*: Re: [IP] Pizza and square waves*From*: email @ redacted*Date*: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 19:30:57 -0500

Mary Jean: I'm confused by the math example for doing a "manual" square wave bolus... I had always understood a square wave bolus to include the basal rate as well and was told to compute it this way: To do a square wave bolus of 5 units over a period of two hours, for example. (Assume a basal rate during this time is .2 units per hour for this example. Your actual will vary): Compute the total amount of insulin you would need for the covered time period. Include the basal rate and the bolus amount. Divide by the time period you want the square wave bolus to cover. Set a temporary basal rate for that amount of time equal to this total amount of insulin per hour. Specific example: Amount of square wave bolus desired, to be spread over the two hour time period: 5 units PLUS Total basal rate for the desired time period: .2 units per hour x 2 hours = .4 units total Total insulin for covered time period: 5.4 units Time period: 2 hours Insulin required per hour: 2.7 units Set a temporary basal rate of 2.7 units for two hours I think this math works right. For me, by the time I do the math then check the computations, I usually end up saying "screw it" - I don't eat a lot of pizza anyway ;-) Someone please check the math on this before trying it. Bob Burnett mailto:email @ redacted

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