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[IP] Re: Placement

** Reply to message from insulin-pumpers-digest <email @ redacted> on
Sun, 3 Jan 1999 17:17:35 -0800

> Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 17:26:16 EST
> From: email @ redacted
> Subject: [IP] Fwd: Placement
> I'm having my pump placed this Wednesday and have had several questions
> whirling though my mind...  I realize some of them may sound stupid, but
> nonetheless I figured you all would be the best ones to ask...

The only stupid questions are the ones you don't ask.

> 1.  Sleep-I am a very restless sleeper, I toss and turn and roll all the
> time....  What would be the best way to handle this with the pump???

In the winter I wear a night shirt, and thread the tubing through the neck and
put the pump in the pocket;  in the summer I sleep without any clothing and dug
up an old wear-around-the-neck passport holder and put the pump in that. 
Basically, you'll try various methods and find what works and what doesn't...

 > 2.  Skin-I have extremely sensitive skin and have a great fear of getting a
> rash or something from the tape.  Any suggestions???

I was having rash problems at first and the started using IVPrep, which solved
the problem...
> 3.  If your not hungry at lunch time do you have to eat or at any other time
> of the day and how does that affect your #'s both BG and Insulin?

No.  That's one of the nice things about the pump: you don't have to eat on a
precise schedule, or even eat (after I started the pump and ate only when I
wanted to, I lost 8 pounds).

> 4.  I walk and do some exercise tapes, will the site get irritated from me
> moving around a lot and sweating?????

I find that my site holds up fine for 2-3 of days (when I change it regularly)
even when snorkeling, which means 1-2 hours/day immersion in salt water.  It's a
good idea to have a new site handy to put in, in  case it does come loose when

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