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Re: [IP] Off Pump

Dear Kathy,

I posted recently about a similar experience.  It was a bit weird, but 
no big deal.  The thing I missed most was having the pump do all the 
math for me, and having my pump clock always on me.  (I don't wear a 
watch, so I rely on my pump for time keeping.)

In case you haven't been on Lantus before, for some of us, including me, 
it wears off at 20-22 hours, and not 24, so my BGs rise in those last 
few hours.  To cover this, I break up my Lantus into a morning and 
bedtime injection.  It does have a slight peak, also, at about 5-6 
hours.  I've also got it planned well enough so that I have pens in both 
Lantus and Humalog, which makes MDI much more convenient.

Oh, and for the first 12 hours or so back on the pump, either lower your 
basal or watch your BGs very closely (or both), in case you are one of 
those people that have leftover Lantus still working.

Don't worry, you'll do just fine.

Antonio in LA
Age 40, Type 1 since 1993
MiniMed Paradigm 515, OneTouch Ultra
MiniMed Carelink and PAL software

Kathy Fagan wrote:
 > Well, for the first time in 12 years (and only the 3rd time in nearly 24
> I'm off my pump. Gotta tell ya, what a strange sensation it is to not be
> connected. My pump malfunctioned, and I'm now on Lantus and Humalog until my
> replacement arrives on Wednesday.
>  Tell me, those of you who've had to go off for a couple of days: how does it
> feel? I'm concerned, but not overly so, and have dealt with the diabetes for
> nearly 40 years now, but it's gonna be weird for a while to not have my
 > handy-dandy, trusted friend at my side. Only other times I've been off was
 > my Minimed 504 suffered an internal battery failure (went off for 2 weeks -
 > a nightmare), and the time before that was when I delivered my daughter 23
> ago. Figure my numbers are gonna probably run a bit high, but I can deal with
> that. Don't want to run too low 'cause I don't want problems when I hook back
> up. I'd appreciate the input. Thanks, all.
> Kathy Fagan
> Dx 10/68, Pumping 12/17/82
> .
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