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Re: [IP] Re: a would-be pumper

Hi Mary:

I just saw that you live in New Zealand and my husband is currently in 
the process of applying for a job in Christchurch, NZ. Being on the pump 
I've been wondering how good the health insurance is in New Zealand and 
whether the insulin infusion pump is covered. 

My husband is also looking at a job in Tubingen, Germany. Any 
information on  whether there is any nation-wide coverage for insulin 
pump medical supplies there (in Germany) would be appreciated.

I am a Canadian and European Union citizen and my husband is Canadian 
and New Zealand...we currently live up in Canada's "far north". 

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>Hi Moira,
>A strange reaction from your educator.
>I arranged the trial myself. It wasn't clear which pump was better
>without first trying both. So you can too! As I needed a specialist all
>I did was enquire from the main nurse educator in Wellington, and it
>went from there. I must admit that I timed it right, because although
>there are other pump users in Wellington city, I was the first trialist
>officially supported by Wellington hospital.
>1. I am having lots of hypos!! I have always had lots of hypos. Setting
>the basal rates is proving quite difficult. My period has thrown a
>spanner into the works too (raised by bgs).
>2. I am not in hospital i.e., not under 24 hour supervision!!!
>3. I have a nurse educator assigned. Basically I keep phone contact 
>a day with the speicalist and nurse, plus I have the support of another
>pump user in Wellington who is also in regular phone contact.
>4. She doesn't need to provide 24 hours care.
>If you want to try pumping first contact the 2 companies and go froim
>As for my trial which is only 4 days old, it has had a few rough
>patches. The second time I put an infusion set in I fainted!! As I said
>I have had lots of hypos and highs. I have had sleepless nights. 
>it is early days!!! I understand it can take a while to set the basal
>rates correctly.
>Mary Evans
>P.O.Box 1364, Wellington, New Zealand
>ph 64-4-387 9560, 64-25-738 217

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