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Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2000 08:59:49 -0500
From: email @ redacted
Subject: [IP] mom
I know going on the pump is a very personal decision. How can one
present the information about it without seeming to be pushing this
treatment option. My mom has had diabetes since she was 2, almost 54
years now. She has always had a lot of swings, 500 to 34 is not
uncommon. Fortunately few complications. Lately things seem to be
worse. Already 2 trips to the ER this year. After the first, the doc's
said 30 more minutes she'd been gone. However, all these episodes
still haven't convinced her that the pump could help. She is
technophobic. My parents don't even own a computer. She says she's
been on shots for 54 years and you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
How great that you are caring about your mom. I started on the pump at age
54. It is the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me.
Menopause had my numbers running crazy and 34-540 was in one day
sometimes. My good old family doctor (and he was good - just not up on
everything going on) had me going to the dietition, we changed shots and
insulin and one day I just said enough and called an excellent specialist
75 miles away and said Help. Their head, Dr. David Bell, said "I think you
should try the pump". I said, "isn't that for really sick people?" He
give me some literature, and I searched the web...you could print out stuff
if your mom is interested) and went back and forth in my head, afraid of
change, for a few weeks then said lets do it. I had a pump on 6 weeks
later and can't figure out why every insulin dependent diabetic is not
wearing one! My last HbAic was 6. I have been on the pump 4 years.
I will be happy to talk with your mom. Email me privately and I will give
you my home and work numbers. My quality of life and my families' have
improved tremendously since the pump. The regimentation is gone.
However, I respect her decision if she does not want to change. Sometime
we old folks are comfortable with our ways and change does not always come
easy for all of us. If she wants to talk, I, and I am sure Sam and Sara,
Michael, Bob Burnett and a lot of others are here for her.
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