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Re: [IP] Freedom???
- Subject: Re: [IP] Freedom???
- From: "wombn" <email @ redacted>
- Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 23:22:16 -0700
> My question to you is regarding the equipment that you are required to have
> with you at all times on the pump. I am on MDI now, 4 shots per day, but if I
> am going out and its not going to be during meal time, I only have to take
> glucose tabs and sometimes my meter. If it is for a meal I bring my pen. But
> it appears that with the pump, even though I am supposed to have more
> freedom, I will have to bring prep, tape, meter, pump and extra infusion sets
> with me EVERYWHERE I go, in case of an occlusion alarm. Am I right?? Am I
> missing something??
I don't know what the "official" recommendations are. But the rule I
use is: if I'm not going to be more than, say, a 2 hour drive away
from home, I *don't* carry all that stuff with me. Humalog will last 2-
4 hours in my system, so as long as I don't add more carbs to my
mouth, I figure, I can make it home in plenty of time to avoid DKA.
Of course, if my car breaks down and I have to stay in hotel
somewhere.... well, hopefully, they have an all night pharmacy
somewhere where i can buy Regular and syringes w/o a
prescription. So that could be one potential hazard that I should
pay attention to if there's any chance that there won't be a
pharmacy. Even so, if push comes to shove, AAA will tow my car
all the way home. :-)
Otherwise, I'm rarely that far away from home. So I only bring my
meter and glucose tablets with me.
On one occasion since going on the pump, I intended to spend the
night away, so I took everything. 2 infusion sets & reservoirs, my
insulin vial, two syringes (in case the pump fails), and 2-3 IV Prep
The only real *additional* annoyance is the size of the two infusion
sets & reservoirs. The rest is small stuff (syringes and vial) that I'd
take along anyway.
p.s. I quit my desk job about 2 months before they put me on
insulin, so I have no experience with working a desk job while on
insulin. A desk job may have other issues.
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