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Re: [IP] Re: Almost a week with this pump

 I have a trainer and I realize that this thing takes time. I even had a better
experience tonight by eating a Southwestern Chicken Salad at Jack In the Box and
programming 45 units in my thing(that salad could not have been worth more than
30!) I got a 275 reading, then I corrected it, went over to my friends house for
two hours, came back and got a 310 reading...something has to be wrong with this
piece of crap. $6,000 should provide for a quality product that adds some form
of satisfaction to one's life. I hate minimed, I'd rather risk going low, then
not being able to eat a salad with this horrific high.
  Honestly, I don't want to go low, in fact, the ultimate decision maker for me
was having the paramedics called on me by my father, two months ago...that had
never happened in the 9 years of having this. I don't want to go low, but my
diabetes is so messed up now, I guess some person was saying that I shouldn't
blame the pump, but this thing is mine, and I have a right to express my
dissatisfaction with this thing. My trainer keeps saying this will correct
itself within time of writing down stuff and calculating. If you were in my
position, I think you would feel the same, I don't think I'm overreacting
here...I mean, I don't want renal failure, limb amputations, loss of erectile
function when I'm 40, or any of that stuff.
  Thank You for your thoughts though.

Loree Bailey <email @ redacted> wrote:

I agree, get in touch with MM immediately and tell them you need a trainer. 
My first weeks were very hard-kind of like being diagnosed all over again, 
but it was absolutely worth it!
For me, after much struggling, I thought the pump was going to be an instant 
fix, and it wasn't..however, I had a great trainer and persevered.
Be honest with MM about your level of frustration and I'm quite sure they 
will see that you get the support you need.
Hang in there!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Probent" 

To: "Insulin Pumpers" 
Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2006 11:14 PM
Subject: [IP] Re: Almost a week with this pump
> Mike,
> There is no reason for you to fight these kinds of problems on your 
> own.
> Just going on what you wrote I have to say that somebody dropped the pump
> into your hands too soon. My suggestion is to make some phone calls to MM
> right now to get help from a trainer or maybe ask for another trainer. You
> are the customer. You are in control.
> Peter 1
>> Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2006 22:49:33 -0700 (PDT)
>> From: Michael Levisay 
>> Subject: [IP] Almost a week with this pump.
>> I am 20 years old, and just started using a Medtronic Minimed Paradigm 
>> last
>> Monday. I got the pump because I was having many lows. I have had an avg. 
>> of
>> 7.0
>> a1c's since I was diagnosed at 11, I was hoping to get a 6.0 avg during 
>> my
>> 20's
>> in the hopes of avoiding complications. So far this P.O.S. has not proven
>> worthy
> > to me and right now wish I could send it back and get a refund. I know 
> > this
> is
> > not possible, but I ate a meal for dinner today and my eveing time 
> > insulin
> was
> > 321. Using 14 units of humalog, my blood sugar would have most likely 
> > ended
> up
>> in the 80-120 range. I know that this meal could not have been more 90 
>> grams
>> worth of carbs. It was a gyro sandwhich, side of homous and a piece of 
>> pita
>> bread. This pump sucks, I am horrified that this thing cost $6,000 ($950 
>> out
>> of
>> pocket). My blood sugar has been hell since I started using it.
>> If anyone has any thoughts, or can help, I would like to hear it.
>> .
> .
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