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Re: [IP] New Pump--Day 3+

The other book to get is "Roller Coaster", by the same people that wrote
"Pumping Insulin".  I am not on the pump, but am planning to be on one
Nov. 20th.  I've been dreading it (for years), but maybe it won't be so
bad as you have written in  your e-mail comments.


On Sun, 02 Nov 1997 22:11:51 -0800 ernie garcia <email @ redacted>
>Thanks to those of you who responded in email about problems I was 
>starting up.
>I guess I did kinda panic. Turned out I was wrong in expecting no 
>right after starting.
>I'm now averaging 149, with 27 tests since pump startup on Thursday at
>3:30pm. I'm testing every couple of hours and have the most normal  
>that I can remember in years!
>I had one low of 58, late afternoon, but most of my values are in the 
>to 114!! With the highest being 214. Even my meter average is 187. 
>the pump, I was running 250-350, and down to 36 once--with a lot of 
>then 350's. I'm keeping a diary. Holler, if you're interested.
>Interesting thing, I feel in control. I can change a BG with a couple 
>button-presses, and I do look forward (almost) to the next blood test. 
>my meter (One Touch II) is Dracula, so of course the "pricker" has to 
>Vlad the Impaler. I borrowed this from one of you guys, I think.) What
>should I call the Sof-Serter. (That's a stupid name!)
>To refresh: this is a Minimed 507, pumping Humalog, using MiniMed
>Quick-Release Sof-sets and using the Sof-Serter.
>First impressions: This is great. I feel good. It's not as big a 
>as I thought it would be. The tubing is a lot smaller & less-obtrusive 
>I thought it would be. You really do get used to having it. Should 
>gone on the pump years ago. Anyone on the fence should go for it.
>I've gotten used to programming the thing, and have even changed my 
>Sof-Set. Not a big deal, although I wished I had a third hand. I 
>talked to
>Minimed three times already, and I'm impressed with their service. I 
>on a Computer Help Desk at a university, and I can relate.  They're 
>professional & knowledgable, even early on a Sunday morning.
>There were a couple of questions people asked me. Yes, I was only told 
>bolus 7 units   at each meal. I was not given a target range. I'll 
>talk to
>the doc Monday on these & other questions. I'm supposed to fax my 
>numbers in.
>I know very little about carb-counting, etc. I've ordered Pumping 
>but it hasn't come yet. Any other books, etc. I should look for?
>Thanks again. You guys are great.
>ernie garcia
>email @ redacted