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RE: [IP] Thanks & Paradigm Economy

Now I know your not supposed to, but I change mine whenever i run down
to about 2 or 3 units, wether it's 3 days or 6 days, about 4 on the
average for me.  As long as my site is good, I'll run with it.....YMMV  

>>> email @ redacted 02/06/03 11:54AM >>>
Your wrote:
Another thing I'm wondering . . .  Last visit to my endo, she told me
that I
should always change my cartridge whenever I change my set.  The set-up
the Paradigm tends to push one in that direction, since the tubing is
independent from the set connector.  But I don't use enough insulin per
to change and refill my cartridge every time I change my set.  I could
the cartridge only part-way, but I really don't want the hassle.  Does
anyone who can go 5-7 days on 150 units really change their cartridge
throw all of that insulin away?  Seems very wasteful of resources and
time.  Why would one need to change cartridges so often, anyway?

My answer:
 Just don't fill the resevoir. I fill mine to the 140 unit mark. After
that leaves me
 with the right amount for 3 days. That way you can change everything
at the
same time.
 Another alternative is to remove the reservoir, rewind, connect the
new tubing
to an old resevoir,
 prime, and insert. This assumes that there is enough insulin left in
reservoir to prime the
new tubing and last you 3 more days.
Pumping for 7 years, Paradigm one year! 

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