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Re: [IP] Vanity & the dangers of DIABETES, was Hiding your pump (Long -- sorry)
First of all, what a great letter (and
thread) from some with long term diabetes. Second, I have to disagree,
with what Ruth said below about the downsides of using the
>The pump is great but especially with humalog
and with misinfo or poor >support or help it is incredibly easy to mess
up. 2 hours and you can be out >cold or in seizures (I've been
there). Granted that MDI also takes a fair >amount of work, but the
old short schedules (even several a day) with some >long acting insulin
are far more forgiving.
pumping was so easy to screw up, someone like me would find the way.
A few words about my experience. I was an
intensively controlled MDIer. I regularly had Hba1c of <7% on
not without the frequent bouts of hypoglycemia, insulin shock, seizures and
whatever you like to call them. I found long acting insulins to be the
scourge of MDI, and the source of all my hypoglycemic episodes, of which I
probably had hundreds in ten years of MDI. Most of these happened in
my bed during the overnight.
I broke my nose rubbing it in the carpet before my doc prescribed the
pump. I broke a toe kicking the dresser. Several other episodes
when someone called the ambulance. More incidents happened that on
advice of my doctor I shouldn't even mention.
the result of almost one year of pumping. No hypos I was unable to
recover from on my own. A hba1c of 4.9%.
in this forum have stated the main benefit of pumping is avoiding long term
complications. For me the main benefit is avoiding the short term
problems more likely to kill me quickly. Secondarily, not being at the
mercy of an external scheduling. Thirdly, being able to eat and drink
like a diabetically normal normal being.
guess if I had to give up using the pump, I'd switch to using less Lente and
more individual doses of Humalog.
think the key to managing a pump is in the details that your support system
provides; from the person who puts your pump in your hands, to your
Endocrinologist and your Certified Nurse Diabetes Educator, to your
nutritionist, to your pump support groups like this one and others.
Richard email @ redacted