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Re: [IP] pumping questions

Sam:  I will ask her the basis for her opinion and get back to you

I feel bad about contributing, in part, to the "which pump" dispute.  I am
one of the "newbies" someone else referred to and was only interested in
gathering as much info as possible, including anectdotal, before I decided
who gets my sizable co-pay and deductable.   It was not my intent to offend
anyone, or cause controversy.

Based on everything I have heard and read, including the posts on this
board,  I have come to the conclusion  that the two pumps work equally well.
If one pump were really superior to the other, this would become common
knowledge, real fast. (which, obviously, hasn't happened).

 I am going to go with the pump that my doctor and nurse practitioner work
with the most because that makes them more comfortable which, in turn, makes
me more comfortable.

I go on saline next week.

-----Original Message-----
From: Sam Skopp <email @ redacted>
To: email @ redacted <email @ redacted>
Date: Tuesday, November 24, 1998 10:18 PM
Subject: Re: [IP] pumping questions

>At 05:52 PM 11/24/1998  Neal & Kara wrote:
>>Carl:  I too am in the process of getting my first pump.  I saw my nurse
>>practitioner today and she is recommending the disetronic for me becuase
>>basal rate will be so low.  She says disetronic works better for low daily
>>basal rates.  I don't eat breakfast and exercise everyday with a daily
>>insulin total of around 30 units (Hummalog and NPH).  Since about 1/2 of
>>your total becomes the basal rate this means about 15 units basal/day when
>>go on the pump.  This amount, she says, would be better delivered with the
>This is interesting... I'm curious as to the basis for this information. I
>use a MiniMed and normally use less than 20 units/day basal. I also know
>there are a lot of children who are pumping with the MiniMed that take a
>whole lot less than that. Since the MiniMed allows you to program the
>basals in 0.1 increments, I'm just wondering what the Disetronic does
>differently to make low amounts deliver better.
>Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.insulin-pumpers.org/

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