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Re: [IP] Re: insulin-pumpers-digest V3 #332
In a message dated 7/31/99 2:58:17 PM Central Daylight Time,
email @ redacted writes:
Tut tut...I too take my spouse for granted. I guess we should work on that.
<<1) I am slightly hypo-unaware.>>
I am hypounaware also. The pump has improved my awareness in a more subtle
way. For instance, I would sometimes go into a low during the night and my
husband would have to help me out in the morning. Now, I always wake up when
I am low so even though I don't feel low, I know I am low if I wake up in the
middle of the night. I check my bg and I am usually right. The rest of the
day is easier because I do check for bgs alot. We kind of have to since we
are unaware. I never drive without checking my bg.
Another comment people have made is that we can set our target bgs higher to
get rid of our unawareness. Instead of targeting 80-100, target 120-150. If
we do that for a couple of weeks and thereby prevent lows, our awareness will
supposedly come back. You might want to try that. I haven't tried this, but
I know others who have.
<< 2) I have heard/read that better control (A1cs avg at 6 and lower) can
reverse any peripheral neuropathy.>>
I can tell you from personal experience that this is TRUE. After being on
the pump for 2 years, my neuropathy is gone and my reflexes are back. This
was quite exciting for me and I celebrated by walking BAREFOOT down the
driveway to pick up the newspaper and return to the house. I was smiling the
whole way. I would say that my neuropathy was similar to yours. I never had
severe pain, but my feet were very sensitive. I can't tell you about the
drug you mentioned, but I did see some info about it on an internet site. It
sounded good. Let us know how it works if you decide to use it.
<<3)...the differences don't seem to be major. Are their important
differences in what kind of control you achieve or in ease of use? >>
There are not important differences and they both work well. However, I
think you should choose the pump that you like best. Call MM and D and ask
for their videos. It really is a lifestyle choice, but YOU are going to be
wearing the thing so YOU should decide, NOT your doctor or cde. I am glad I
had a choice. I picked the D pump and am very happy I did. I swim laps so I
like that waterproof feature. Both pumps are good, but it irritates me when
drs don't give their patients a choice.
Good luck to you. ellen
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