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Re: [IP] Hospital stay to start on Pump



Lea,
It seems like you spent a lot to time with a lot of different people to help
you with the pump. All I'm saying is that you can see all these people
anytime you want by staying in the hospital. Yes, without insurance, a
hospital stay is probably out of the question, but if your insurance helped
pay for the pump, they'll pay for the hospital stay.
Thanks,
Jeff
----- Original Message -----
From: Lea Idlewine <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2000 6:28 AM
Subject: RE: [IP] Hospital stay to start on Pump


> When I started on my pump, I met with a dietician a few days before
starting
> the pump to learn how to count carbs.  I'd been on the old "2 starches, 2
> meats, 2 fruits" type of diet since being diagnosed in 1980.  On the day I
> started pumping saline, I met with 2 nursed (who were trying to get
> certified to be pump trainers) and a MiniMed trainer for 3 hours.  I had
> gone over all the books the night before and the trainers were all amazed
at
> what I knew.  After being on saline for 3 days, I then switched to
insulin.
> I did this at my home with only the few hours of training before hand and
> I'm getting along great.  Last week, I had another visit with my dietician
> to go over some more training things.  I saw my endo's nurse practitioner
2
> weeks ago and I will see my endo in 2 more weeks for a regular visit.  I
> will see the dietician again in 3-4 months but am able to contact any of
> these people if I have a problem.  I don't know about you guys, but I
really
> don't have the $$ to spend 2-3 days in the hospital.  To each his own.....
>
> Lea
>
>
> > Kornfeld, Avner wrote:
> >
> > > I disagree. For basal setting, a 'safe environment' like hospital does
> > not
> > > represent your day to day regular activities. For technical aspects on
> > how
> > > to use the pump, a 2-3 hours training is sufficient. I do not think
> > hospital
> > > stay is needed for "pump hookup".
> >
> Natalie wrote: My pump start-up was outpatient -- a total of four
> 6-hour sessions,
> > covering mechanics, carb-counting, trouble-shooting, several
> > set-changes, and a lot of sitting around!
> >
> > Since I had already talked extensively to pumpers, watched them insert
> > sets, read Pumping Insulin,  and had already taught myself
> > carb-counting, a lot of it was review -- but I can see where it might be
> > necessary for someone who was totally new to pumping.
> >
> >
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