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Re: [IP] Re: Pump Fears



Celia,

Yes, I have the same experience -- some mornings sky high, others (less) too low.  Am
trying to figure it out.  Eating dinner earlier seems to help a bit.  Love to hear any
other explanations

Thanks!

Celia McInnis wrote:

> Wow - it seems that everybody is so happy with their pumps (I guess we should
> expect a strong bias in such a list!) but I still have my fears. During awake
> hours, I can usually catch myself before I crash to the ground - and if not, there
> is almost always someone around to help right away. My fears relate more to lows
> which might occur overnight. Yes, like most of us, the tendency is to go sky-high
> in the early morning hours, yet occasionally I do have very low bg's in the
> morning. About 10 times in my less-accountable student days  I missed whole days
> (waking up 8:00 p.m. or so and feeling none too fine...). I fear that with tighter
> control and a continuous infusion of insulin I might end up with many more
> instances of overnight low bg's.
>
> Can anybody offer some experience/help/comments/advice in this area?
>
> Thanks for your help.
>
> Randall Winchester wrote:
>
> > On 12 Nov 97 at 6:19, email @ redacted wrote:
> >
> > > Celia,
> > >
> > > I was using Glucagon so much I had a script written with revolving refills! I
> > > was going low and high all the time before going on my pump. Believe me, you
> > > should not have any problems with severe lows if you know what your doing. It
> > > does take more discipline to be on a pump, but the rewards are so great, I
> > > can't imagine anyone not WANTING to pump!!! I have finally gotten my
> > > awareness back somewhat. I used to be at 28 and still be walking and talking,
> > > then bam! I was passed out. Now I do feel it at about 50 which is a miracle
> > > for me. But those reactions are my fault, not the pumps. I either didn't
> > > calculate right, or didn't eat enough. But I can't believe the difference it
> > > has made in my life. Just click some buttons, and eat! I don't have to go
> > > into those cramped little toilets when I'm out eating, to give my insulin.
> > > Sometimes people think I'm playing with my breasts though! I put it in my bra
> > > alot and have to find the right buttons!
> > > Karla
> > >
> >
> > The pump does have these advantages - I went into a restroom at a
> > restaurant last year and was waiting for space at the sink to sit my
> > meter down - there was another man standing there apparently waiting
> > too.  When all the other facilities were empty there was this long,
> > slightly uncomfortable silence while we stood there looking at each
> > other.  I finally said "Excuse me, but I'm diabetic and I need to
> > test my blood sugar and take a shot"  -- it turns out he was too.  We
> > had a good laugh and took our shots.  That was the first time either
> > of us had encountered another diabetic trying to take their shot at
> > the same time in those surroundings.
> >
> > Now with the pump I just push the buttons and away it goes...
> >
> > Karla, do you use a Minimed with the audio bolus when your pump is
> > hidden?  If you do how well does that work?
> >
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