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Re: [IP] Number of insulin vials monthly - wasted insulin

I have been pumping since 1981. Although I must admit that every 2.5 to 3
years, I take a break and return to MDI for 2-3 months. I have NO scar
tissue after this length of time. The MDI breaks are due to the skin
"toughening" and impeding absorbsion. When I return to the pump, everything
is back to normal.

Peter A. Gordon
email @ redacted
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kristen Olgren" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2003 2:44 PM
Subject: Re: [IP] Number of insulin vials monthly - wasted insulin

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> > Just my opinion here - but I refuse to leave my sites in for more then 3
> 1/2
> > days cause while you may not see any instant scarring I don't want to be
> totally
> > covered in scar tissue in a couple years.
> I'm not denying there is risk there, but I would expect it would take a
> longer than "a couple years" to be covered in scar tissue.  When I first
> started, I was told to change my site every "three or four days."  I opted
> for four with no problems for a number of years.  Most of the time I
> after three or three and a half now, but I've done it much longer.  I
> see no sign of scar tissue anywhere.
> Starting pumping at your age, Summer, which is about how old I was when I
> started, you've got many years ahead of you, though, so if it takes two
> years or twenty, the concern is a valid one.  I'm simply noting that it
> often take longer than you seemed to think.
> Kristen
> dxd 1985, pumping since 1990
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