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[IP] Mathless Pumping

From: <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2002 11:52 PM
Subject: [IP] Re: insulin-pumpers-digest V6 #97

>      Hi there. My name is Leo and I have been a diabetic since I was 12
> old; that's 37 years and about 40,000 insulin injections ago. I have been
> wearing a MiniMed 508 for about 5 months now and like the change very
much. I
> have been reading the discussions I find here with interest and have
> a lot from them and I have a question.
>      Is it just me or MiniMed or what? It seems like the software was
> designed kind of backwards. I have to now find the carb counts of the
> foods I am about to eat, add them together and then divide (in my case) by
> If I should die suddenly my 'obits' will probably read, "Apparent cause of
> death, Math Error." I mean no kidding, except for the relatively rare
times I
> have to change the machine's settings I don't really need to know that I
> 1 unit of insulin to cover 8 carbs.
>      Why don't they design software to enable diabetics to key in the
> of carbs they wish to cover and then let the machine do the math?
>      Ideally it would accept multiple entries so that no 'mental math'
> have to take place at all. A person would just key in the value for milk,
> say, and then the bread, and then the fruit, etc. In the near future pumps
> could be made to contain a foods data base so that when a person like
> can't recall just how many carbs are in an orange or whatever, the machine
> could help with that also. Additionally, when a 'high' blood sugar is to
> covered that also should be 'mathless'. You would just key in every BS
> no matter what it was. The pump would record this (and provide the good
> doctors with insulin, blood sugar and carbs eaten when 'records' when
> prompted) and if a blood sugar was high, cover it.
>      Sounds like a lot? Well....my pump and initial startup materials cost
> around $8000 and cannot do what I have described above. My PDA cost about
> and probably could.
>      At the bare minimum the pump should at least include a calculator
> function.

I love math and am pretty good at it but I have to agree with you. The pump
could and should do a lot more. I suspect that we will be told that the pump
companies can not add those features because the FDA has not approved them
but I'm not ready to buy that logic.

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