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RE: [IP] Advice Needed.....



Carol;
If U can wait do so. I am one of the few Type II diabetics on a pump and
when I was intially put on my pump I wanted to go on my own. I am so glad I
did not. I had very high sugars and when put on the pump I started
crashing. I understood the mechanics of the pump but did not grasp of
regulating the insulin-especially Humalog. I spent 3 days in a hospital
situation with a Diabetic Educator (RN who was a pump specialist) adjusting
this pump constantly in different situations. I felt like a car being tuned
up. During that time  I crashed in the 30 and 40's glucose levels at least
6 times. When I left the hospital I had the confidence needed to regulate
the pump as needed.
Willard Bell   [email @ redacted]

>> 
>> Hi listmates.  I am in need of some advice here.....I got a new
>> Disetronic pump about a week ago and completed training on the pump
>> operation/programming and carb counting.  I am currently wearing it
>> with
>> only saline solution in it but want to start pumping insulin
>> immediately.  My MD agreed to prescribe the pump at my request but
>> would
>> now like me to see an endo.  I finally got my insurance to approve
>> this
>> but now I can't see the endo for almost 2 months!  They're booked
>> solid.
>> 
>> 
>> Should I attempt pumping insulin myself using the hourly basal rates
>> suggested in Walsh's book "Pumping Insulin"?  This is based on body
>> weight and I can adjust it where necessary with lots of testing.
>> Should
>> I proceed or wait several more months to see the endo?  
>> 
>> Carol Wilson
>> email @ redacted
>> Type 1 - 21+ years
>> 
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