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>My pump was sent to me (after bouncing around between home & my office
>which is where it was supposed to be sent).  By the time I got to my "live"
>date, I had watched the video, played with the pump, and was pretty
>familiar with its operation.  My "education" session only took 2 or 3
>hours--mostly how to insert infuction sets, stuff like that.  I had to
>prove to them that I could change the batteries before I could leave!  Good
>thing, too, as it's hard to change those little batteries with my big
fingers!
>
>I think everyone should have the opportunity to be familiar with their pump
>and to be able to ask intelligent questions when "live" day arrives.
>
>Thanks,
>Barry
>Celebrating (not! but glad to be doing OK) 30 years of T1 on 12/16/99,
>pumping almost 4 and not willing to go back to MDI for anything (I hate
NPH!)
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>Atlanta, GA, USA
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>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 16:35:24 -0500
>From: "Barry W. Finch" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: Re: [IP] Diabetic or Not?
>
>Natalie,
>
>Thanks for your post, especially regarding Type I's and oral meds.  I've
>wondered if insulin resistant type I's could take oral meds or not (and
>wonder if this is common).  As I am overweight and take large amounts of
>insulin, I may ask my doctor about this.
>
>Thanks,
>Barry
>Type1 since 12/16/69, pumping since 1/25/96
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>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 16:54:03 -0500
>From: "Gina & Jose" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: Re: [IP] When To Test
>
>Hi Steve - here Jose from Orlando.
>
>I had a similar problem like yours and the solution was change the
>carbohydrate ratio. I had just one and oassed to three - now I have...
>well, depending the time, I have one. But you can try three to initiate.
>Try to low .5 point each time, at morning, when your BG is high until
>you fell confident - but pay attention to this:
>
>You ought to do that at least five times, because each body NEEDS
>time to adjust itself at a new pattern... understand? The same to lunch
>and dinner times. Maybe the beginning will be though to adjust precisely,
>but take your time and you will get it.
>
>We can talk more about a new procedure that I am developing - exactly
>about carbo ratio. I will let you and all people know.
>
>Good Luck!
>
>Jose
>email @ redacted
>
>========================================================
>
>I have recently been wondering about my blood sugar testing schedule, and I
>could use some advice.
>
>I normally test every 3 hours between 5:30am and 8:30pm. When I eat and
>bolus,
>and then test an hour later (according to this schedule), my numbers are
>high.
>I'm not too worried about being high at this point, since most of the bolus
>has
>not had a chance to take effect. But I was wondering ... would I be better
>staying on this schedule and recognizing the reason for these highs, or
>would it
>be better to switch to a schedule that accounts for eating times, or would
>it be
>better to use some combination of clock time and eating time?
>
>Thanks for your help.
>
>== Steve ==
>
>
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>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 13:56:33 PST
>From: "Julie Broughton" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: [IP] Re: edema, etc
>
>Well I am so glad I found all of you.  I have been had IDDM for 17 years
and
>only decided to take care of myself for the past two.  So far no medical
>problems.  I am so glad to hear the problems and solutions all of you have.
>I never understood what the range of a normal bg should be.  I was always
so
>embarrased to tell my Dr. that I had a bg of over 200, because he would
>frown and say to do better next time.  I am finally on a better insurance
>that actually has an endo specialist.  I find out tomorrow about seeing
him.
>  I have the pump ready to go, just need the doctor to set it up.
>
>My comment on the swelling.  When I was first diagnosed, after going into a
>coma, I remember standing at the kitchen table and feeling myself swell.
>Within 2 minutes a pair of rather loose jeans became too tight.  It
happened
>quite a few times, but finally went away.
>
>So basically I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have helped
me
>so far better understand what has been going on within my body for 17
years.
>  At least I know I am not alone.  I have only met a couple other people
who
>are diabetic (no local support groups for Type 1) on insulin so I have
never
>swaped stories/solutions etc.
>
>I can't wait to be pumping and in more control of my life (okay, that in
>itself is a whole different medical/psycological problem!!)
>
>Take care
>Julie
>email @ redacted
>coming to you from Southern California
>
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>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 17:00:54 EST
>From: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IP] Glucophage and the Pump
>
>I am still not aware of what glucophase is ?
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>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 18:08:53 -0400
>From: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IP] Has Anyone Else Had This Problem (silhouette insertion)
>
>Dan, try slowly rotating the silhouette back and forth as you push to
>insert it.  This should not only make it easier to insert, but also prevent
>the skin from grabbing on to the teflon catheter.
>- -wayne
>
>DanO
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 09:24:50 -0500 (EST)
>> From: Dan Trump <email @ redacted>
>> Subject: [IP] Has Anyone Else Had This Problem (was Write Mini Med)
>[snip]
>> What happens is that the inserter needle goes in rather
>> unwillingly but the
>> cannula refuses to follow it. The cannula just bunches up on
>> the inserter
>> needle and ends up in a little ball on the outside of the skin.
>
>
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>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 17:12:28 -0500
>From: "Gina & Jose" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: [IP] Bath Tub Issue
>
>Hi! Here Jose from Orlando, FL - Could you send me, PLEASE,
>a brief release about this stuff.. Bath tub - PLEASE?
>
>Thanks!
>
>Jose
>email @ redacted
>
>
>
>Thanks for the info on baths. (a Jacuzzi bathtub! Wow lucky lady.)  Anyway,
>I
>feel more comfortable about the bath stuff. Of course, I would probably
have
>taken them anyway they are the only way I can unwind now.
>
>Hi to your kitties.  I have 1 female, Abby and three males, Sebastian, Neko
>and Zack and they pretty much rule the house.
>
>I've been pumping now for 2 weeks and trying to find the right basal
>combinations.  It has been less frustrating than it might have been thanks
>to
>this group.  I feel like I am getting great support.  Thanks to everyone.
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>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 15:27:17 -0500
>From: imsmc:"First imsmc:Last" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: [IP] CORRECTION
>
>When I started on the pump, they had me choose the blood sugar I was
>comfortable with. For me, it's 100. So, I always correct to 100
>
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>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 17:33:01 -0500
>From: email @ redacted
>Subject: [IP] Recycling supplies-David
>
>>This post gives me the chance to ask something I've wondered about. I was
>>told NEVER to reuse a syringe/reservoir. I was also told never to reuse a
>>lancet, or an insulin syringe but I've done it for years with no ill
>effect.
>>Is it in fact possible to reuse a reservoir? I have a Disetronic pump and
>>use glass reservoirs. It seems a waste to throw them away after one use.
>>
>>David Dougherty
>
>
>I've reused the glass cartridges several times (I think on the advice of
>someone on the list!) & it's worked just fine here.  If you do decide to
>reuse them, always check the plunger (?-moving part that pushes the
insulin)
>to make sure it is still moving easily...if it doesn't move freely without
>sticking, it's time for a new cartridge.  As for reuse of lancets/syringes,
>check the archives on the website...there was a thread about that up I
think
>in August or thereabouts.  Many people do reuse these items- in fact, I
>think that maybe some of us need to make sure we change lancets when we
>check fire alarm batteries, to insure that it happens at least twice a
year!
>:)  Others feel better changing them every time they pick up their
>moniter...example #5,421 of how widely YMMV!
>
>Seriously though...I was relieved to hear my doctor say that reuse was okay
>as long as the items are kept covered & clean, not dulled down (does happen
>eventually), & used by ONLY yourself.  I've always felt better reusing
>because of the sheer amount of plastic this disease causes me to contribute
>to landfills somewhere.  Okay, okay, I won't get up on that soapbox- I do
>realize that this might not be the right system for everyone...but it works
>for me!  :)
>
>Sammi
>
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>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 14:35:05 PST
>From: "dawn halverson" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: Re: From: Subject: Re: [IP] Basal Rate and Insulin Resistance
>
>>>>>Long live the pump
>that lets each person have the insulin they need, when they need it!
>Nancy Morgan<<<<<<
>
>Nancy -- no, not for me. The pump is okay for now, but let's hope that a
>cure causes a rather short life for our pumps. I won't be sorry to
>disconnect for good!
>
>Dawn
>
>
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>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 14:37:47 PST
>From: "dawn halverson" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: Re: [IP] These Dreams...
>
>I've dreamed low blood sugars also. The first time I was ever low at night
>was after a vacation. I dreamed I was extremely tired from carrying heavy
>bags at the airport, awoke, and actually had low blood sugar!
>
>Dawn
>
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>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 14:41:19 PST
>From: "dawn halverson" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: Re: [IP] Fwd: have some questions (long sorry!)-upper abdomen
>
>Linda,
>
>That area works well for me also, although my trainer discouraged it.
>
>Dawn
>
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>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 15:29:41 -0700
>From: Brian Carter <email @ redacted>
>Subject: Re: [IP] Recycling supplies-David
>
>>I've reused the glass cartridges several times (I think on the advice of
>>someone on the list!) & it's worked just fine here.
>
>
>What i do is every time i open a new bottle of insulin i change
>cartridges.  I don't know how it is for the MM but on Disetronic 1 bottle
>of insulin will fit perfectly into 3 cartridges..
>
>
>Brian Carter
>ICQ # 27217438
>Mailto:email @ redacted
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>
>
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>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 14:43:04 PST
>From: "dawn halverson" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: [IP] asthma
>
>Susan,
>
>Asthma and diabetes are both autoimmune diseases, meaning that the body has
>malfunctioned and attacks itself. I have mild asthma as well, but it did
not
>develop until 15 years after diagnosis.
>
>Dawn
>
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>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 14:46:16 PST
>From: "dawn halverson" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: Re: [IP] A day without life support
>
>S.
>
>I think I was even more absent minded than you! I took my meter out,
brought
>it to work, but had left my test strips on the counter at home. I felt so
>lost; it was just after I started pumping.
>
>Luckily, I work with another diabetic who let me check. I cannot imagine
how
>I used to be so careless and not check; no frame of reference.
>
>Here's a solution: I told my nurse/educator I would really like 2 meters --
>one for home and in my purse, the other for my office. No problem -- she
>gave me two -- and wrote a prescription for two boxes of strips.
>
>Ask and you could receive!
>
>Dawn
>
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>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 14:52:41 PST
>From: "dawn halverson" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: Re: [IP] rollercoaster levels and nausea
>
>Susan,
>
>I understand the awful. It's interesting you wrote today. I got my period
>last night, and wham! Bam! My glucose dropped like a rock and wouldn't come
>up. After over-consuming, I hit 330, bolused 4 units at 3 a.m., awoke at 6
>a.m. at 68. What a roller coaster. I have been inconceivably fatigued all
>day, and despite 3 doses of Advil, still have a headache. I was so fatigued
>that I could not talk at work and finally threw in the towel and came home.
>
>It's a rare day when it's this bad.
>
>Dawn
>
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>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 17:52:47 EST
>From: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IP] pump approval-Erinn
>
>Congratulations!!!!!!!  You'll love your new green 508......Matt's "Huey"
is
>also a 508, and green!  Sorry to hear it'll be going to the doc's though.
We
>did find the time with the pump, very useful.  Pushing all the buttons,
>watching the video, etc.  Maybe you can request from your doc it be sent to
>your home with your promise not to hook yourself up?  Worth a try!
>
>Mag
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>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 17:57:51 EST
>From: email @ redacted
>Subject: [IP] Corrections
>
>Don't over corrrect and ignore the unused insulin rule - could be
dangerous!
>Holly
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