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[IP] Re: snorkeling with the pump



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> Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 23:51:38 -0600
> From: "Bob Aiken" <email @ redacted>
> Subject: [IP] Snorkeling With The Pump
> 
> I have a question regarding your recent reply to the "IP Re: Disetronic
> Problems" post from 12/29/98.
> I recently (1 1/2 months) started on the Disetronic.  Later this winter I'm
> going to the Caribbean where I intend to spend 90% of my time snorkeling. 
> The problem is that I like to dive down a lot, sometime up to 30 feet, but
> usually 15' range.  Is this the type of snorkeling you do with your pump or
> do you stay mainly on the surface?  If you were doing some diving when the
> salt water got inside, how deep do you think you were when the tappets lost
> it?

When I snorkel I never dive more than about 6-8 feet.  I don't think it was a
question of the pressure exceeding what the tappet could stand, but the tappet
simply getting slightly mis-aligned.  Talking to the Disetronic people, I was
told to simply dry out the cartridge chamber (which seems pretty well isolated
from the electronics stuff) but to use something lint-free to do it.  When this
happened I had been on the pump for only a couple of months and didn't know what
to expect or how to deal with "routine" problems.

The Disetronic seems pretty rugged but I wouldn't wear it for scuba diving
(among other things, I've heard that the pressure on the tubing can screw up
dosage) or other deep diving.

>  ... my  Endo ... he suggested getting off the pump 7 - 10 days before I leave
> and going to Ultra Lente and Humalog injections for the entire trip.  

That certainly sounds like over-cautious overkill.  My experience is that my
endo tends to say "no" about anything he doesn't know about.


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