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[IP] RE: insulin-pumpers-digest V3 #833
My 2 cents - I don't believe a hospital stay is necessary for the "average"
pump starter. I had only researched pumps on the web 4 years ago. Reading
about MM and D pumps, chose MM, and only knew what their web pages told me.
This was BIP (before insulin pumpers).
I live 90 miles (one way)from the endo so when I started I was asked to
bring someone with me (my daughter). We spent about two hours with the
educator. I practiced inserting (with soft set) changing basals, stopping,
starting, etc., until the educator was satisfied I could do it. My
daughter actually remembered all the step better than I did. I used the
short "cheat sheet" a lot in the first few weeks.
Two days later I went back to change the set with educator and ask any
questions, did this again three days later. Then one more trip the next
week. Things were going well, so I didn't see educator for another month,
then quarterly. The educator had given me her home number, her pager, her
cell phone, etc., so I felt comfortable that someone was there for me. I
did all the normal things, went to work, went shopping, went out to lunch,
etc. Sure I had some highs and lows, but no problems that a phone call
So, a hospital stay would have been a waste of lot of time and money. Most
of the pumpers on this web seem intelligent enough to handle it. I would
certainly ask the endo to reconsider and try it on outpatient basis. But
only if you are comfortable with that. I was. However, as always, it's
just my opinion
I do remember sleeping that night holding on to my pump so I would know if
it stopped "ticking". It didn't and hasn't yet.
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