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Re: [IP] Survey says . . .



Someone PLEASE collect the information on/from this thread. This will 
make a dynamite FAQ.

Michael

> 
> Hi.  I've been mostly lurking, but reading and learning like crazy.  This
> is such a terrific list!
> 
> No earthshaking problems this afternoon.  I seem to have more-or-less made
> peace with my tape strategy, and while I'm still fine-tuning, I'm not
> feeling quite so frustrated about it.
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> Just a bit of curiosity . . .
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> I have noticed that what others said before I started pumping has turned
> out to be true for me as well:  I am able to eat more normally.  But this
> got me to wondering *why* that should be the case.  (I'm a Virgo; and I DO
> analyze!)
> 
> Like most pumpers, I was on MDI B.P. (before pump).  Unlike some MDIers
> (who don't like needles), I thought nothing of taking an extra shot . . .
> or two or three . . . if there was something that I really, really wanted
> to eat.  But, I didn't feel . . . well, "normal."  And there were certain
> really sweet and un-nutritional things that I never touched.   
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> It's not that I'm totally porking out now that I'm on the pump.  I'm sure
> I'm eating less overall, and I'm pretty sure I've lost some weight.  But
> there are a few food items (if you can dignify them with the term "food")
> that I have felt free to eat lately, which I never considered eating during
> the past 23 years.  Example: a Dairy Queen Mister Misty Slush, which was a
> favorite summertime treat of my childhood.  I had a cherry one last night! 
> Boy, it was good!  I won't want another one for awhile, but didn't realize
> that I had missed them so much!
> 
> But that really sparked me wondering why we feel so much more freedom
> pumping.
> 
> Here are a few possibilities that have occurred to me:
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> 1)  It's more convenient to bolus than to take a shot, so there is less of
> a psychological "bump." 
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> 2)  You don't have to worry about what your long-acting insulin is doing. 
> You put in just enough insulin to      take care of what you ate (or are
> going to eat).  So you feel more confident that what you are doing is
> actually going to work.
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> 3)  You can bolus in precise increments.
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> 4)  You're never physically separated from your insulin supply.
> 
> What do you guys think?  What makes the big difference for you?  Is it just
> that you don't have to take extra shots, or is there something more going
> on here?
> 
> --Laurel (celebrating my 6-week pumping anniversary tomorrow!)
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> > From: Daryl & Melissa Davis <email @ redacted>
> > To: email @ redacted
> > Subject: RE:  [IP] I'm Official!
> > Date: Saturday, May 16, 1998 3:00 PM
> > 
> >>>>>It almost seems like my pump has a personality or
> aura about it.<<<<<
> 
> Congrats on the start up Laurel!  Funny, but when I tried the pump with
> saline for a few days, I noticed the same thing!  And Kristina did too
> when I let her sleep with it one night!  She made the thing a bed and
> little blanket to sleep with!  hehehehehe  That feeling must be why
> people are soooo attached to their pump!  LOL  Keep up the good work!!
> 
> And Hugs and Prayers for your lost kitty!  We're missing one too!  and
> he NEVER wanders away from home!  Since we're way out in the country,
> I'm afraid a snake or other animal may have gotten him...  my worst
> fear!  Hopefully it isn't true though and he'll come home soon!
> 
> Melissa
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