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Re: [IP] pump insulin questions

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>     good day all,
>     i have two questions about the pump:
>     1. when you are sick, do you need to adjust the rates at all?  
>     (fyi: my daughter is diabetic, and just turning 6.)
>     2. our insulin (both the lispro and N) will go bad if not 
>     continuously refrigerated - does your insulin in the pump go bad 
>     quickly?  i know you change it out every three or so days, but 
>     especially for children, effectiveness of the insulin is very 
>     important since the total amount given is relatively small as 
>     compared to adults...
>     thanks
>     skip lightner
>Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.insulin-pumpers.org/

I've been using a pump for a year.  Disetronic pumps have an easy way to 
temporarily raise the basel rate when you are sick or traveling, etc.  I 
wouldn't get a minimed if I were you.  I used one for three weeks last 
year, and it stopped delivering insulin.  I was in a coma for 36 hours.  
When we went to the company they were no help at all and didn't even 
return our phone call.

Another good thing about disetronic is that you can fill the pump half 
full if you lose less insulin than a full grown adult.  I am 17, and 
active, so I use about 150 units in 2.5 to 3.5 days.  Sometimes if I go 
over three days the insulin is less effective(I use humolog).  I would 
say that you're safe if you refill the pump every three  days.
Good Luck!

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