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Re: [IP] Did you have to do all this STUFF before pumping? Im MAD!!!



I personally didn't see my doctor untill after I was pumping. My MiniMed
rep, hooked me up and set all my basels. Good Luck


Jimm
Hook Em' Horns---
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Sent: Friday, November 05, 1999 4:01 PM
Subject: [IP] Did you have to do all this STUFF before pumping? Im MAD!!!


> Im irate because I have a lovely new pump sitting here, but my
> diabetes team wont help me/allow me to use it for over a month!
>
> First, I must keep a really annoyingly detailed food log.  Fine, I
> dont really mind doing that for a few days. They want over 2 weeks
> worth!!!  Not only that, but I must test before and after each meal.
> If I miss logging a single meal or test, I must log an extra day.
> What???? I feel like a 10 year old having to reclean his bedroom
> because he didnt do it well.  I am human, and it is often NOT
> possible to test at the proper time after a meal.  After they get my
> 2 weeks they will "review" the logs to see if Im "ready" for the pump.
>
> I think 2 weeks is really excessive.  It also takes a good bite out of
> your time and your life.  I especially dislike that they are going to
> be "grading" those logs.  Ive been carb counting for years now, I
> think I know how to by now.
>
> If I make perfect logs, then they will let me pump saline for a few
> weeks before starting insulin. How useful is pumping water for that
> long, really? I have played with the pump.... I do not find its
> operation difficult at all with all those nice easy menus. Loading the
> insulin and infusion sets, etc is all pretty well documented.  Im also
> a healthcare professional so I know how to maintain asepsis and
> insert needles and all those great things.
>
> Did any of you have to jump through these hoops before pumping? I
> thought insurance was going to be the hard part, but I got my pump
> in under a week... it is the docs that are making it difficult to get
> started.  I would find another team but these are the only ones
> really knowledgeable about the pump in this area.
>
> While I realize they probably have a set way of setting people up
> with the pump, every person is different and accomodations should
> be made for this reason.
>
> I must say I am tempted to just start on insulin right now.  There
> are methods for establishing initial basal and bolus rates amply
> documented, and for making adjustments after this. Has anyone
> gone this route, on your own?  I only hesitate to do this because I'll
> never hear the end of it when they find out.
>
> Thanks for any info/feedback, and for listening to me vent :)
>
> r talis
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