I have tried to answer your
questions throughout your letter. Thanks for all the info and
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 1999 3:48 AM
Subject: Re:direct to lexie only[IP] Starting my pump tomorrow.
> Marcie Dutton,
> Congratulations for getting your second (first
> message posted on the Insulin-Pumpers list
I think Brian Carter could give you appropriate instructions
settings of MS Outlook Express, and additionally, he is
> another of us
Disetronic pumpers on the list.
> I will be gone for 5 days, should be
finding things to
> pack, sleep some before work, then my 3pm PST
> Going to Madison Wisconsin to meet all my brothers and
> with our aunt at her friend's memorial service Thursday.
Did you have a nice time? I hope so.
> Sideshow, I am just curious about your WebMD posting
>authorization number for my pump and 21 inserts.
> Does "insert" mean
ONE infusion set?, or maybe that
> >I am covered until April,
> is 21 weeks away (?)
so they give you exactly 21
> pump-syringes (Disetronic "cartridge")
to put your
> insulin in? Those are supplied in packages of 25,
Plastic = part number 300.0421 ,easier to de-bubble than
(original, before plastic came out) = pn 300.0419
> So they are actually
going to OPEN UP a package and
> take 4 away "from" you ?
I know splitting a box may sound a little extreme, but Medicaid
does just exactly that in many instances. I wouldn't put it past
them. Anyway, the provider I get supplies from is also a pumper and sent
enough supplies to cover a 6 month period plus a few extras just in case I need
them. Now that I have gone through all the isntructions with my CDE and
had the pump right there to see what everything meant, I understand terminology
and such much better. I shouldn't sound so stupid anymore.
> Which infusion set(s) do you have the opportunity to try?
have "chosen", without having experienced any yet?
I am using the quick release with the metal
needle. No, I did not choose them--this is the one Medicaid will pay
for. If I want to use the Tender, I have to pay the difference in
cost. Not a real problem, but since I have actually only been using the
pump 4 days, I figure I will stay put with what I know I can deal with
inserting. Needles are a major problem for me and have been all my life,
so when I find something that i can do without nausea or fainting, I stay put
until I get used to it and then can explore other sets.
> Are you getting only ONE Disetronic H-Tron V100 Plus ?
actually the proper full "set of TWO" as issued by mfr?
I was given a form to fill out and send to Disetronic
to initiate my warranty and tell them where to send the second pump. I am
sending it out tomorrow.
> Sounds that you start insulin via pump on Wednesday Nov 3?
There is controversy over whether to start pumping
> with insulin or with
saline "do nothing fluid".
> Have you had opportunity to see a copy of the
> Pumping Insulin ? Has your CDE ?
Is this book available at regular bookstores? We
don't have many of those in this little town of ours. I will see if I can
get it and read it. More information is always beneficial to security and
> You have, I hope, made some plans for how to carry pump?
Division of opinion in the community over wearing it
> at waistband
"outside", which must be moved up at toilet,
> or carrying on upper-body,
such as hung from or stuck in
> woman's bra, some guys I know use a custom
> Nightwear could be inside-out mens' pajama top,
> inside on right side, whether that is comfortable for
woman depends on her. Special-purpose for pump-carrying
> clothing items
are unreasonably expensive $18+ for
> T-shirt with pocket with slot in
back, vs $6~ (if you had
> to buy a new one) to do just 10 minutes' sewing
I was given a couple of cases to use that seem to help
with day and night comfortably. In fact, today I went to church and had to
wear a dress and nylons for the first time since I started. I tried out a
couple of ideas to hold the pump, but finally decided that putting it on my bra
under my arm and using the case that clips to my waistband worked great.
It is small enough that it isn't bulky and since I don't wear tight dresses or
sleeveless dresses that would allow it to show, I don't have to worry about that
at all. I may make or buy some other forms of carrying it in the future,
but right now I am fine with what I have.
> Other things, you mention gastroparesis, suggest you
Dianne DeMink email @ redacted
, that is a
> new email-address for her; she's older than me, I'm
> a little longer-diagnosed than your age. She&I have
written some, so mention that I suggested your contact.
> (DDM is also a
Thanks for the address. I will mention you when I
write. Have been a little bit behind in my posting and replying this last
while, but am hoping that I will be caught up in school by the end of next week
and will be able to do better in these areas.
> For both of you women, the idea of "brittle"
read/heard described as "simply"(?)
> too much insulin at the wrong
> Pumping it should allow you to escape that fate.
> Have you
ever heard that line somewhere?
No, but I have heard that in England they have done a
study on diabetes and published their findings in a medical journal.
Decision: that there is no such thing as a brittle diabetic. They
are only people who have mental problems and don't do what they should to take
care of themselves becaue of those problems. Ha!!!!
> If there are any of the supplies, either Disetronic
infusion sets, which meter do you use strips of? I use
> Humalog or,
> a few vials of "old, but it still
> which your provider doesn't already provide for
you? I have been able to get the Humalog for about 5
years now through my insurance company. That is what I use in my
> I (and also some others on list) could send some to
> if you need supply-help. Thanks for the
offer. I am fortunate enough to have insurance right now that covers these
expenses. But.........if this pump does as well for me as it has the last
four days, I may not be on disability for too much longer. I won't miss it
one bit, except that I am able to work on and finish my schooling with
disability income to pay some of the bills. We''ll see what
> David C. Winegarden
> Fremont, CA
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