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RE: [IP] docs



I'm in the middle of pump training right now and what you've described fits
what I'm doing to a T.

When I first got the dx, I went to one-on-one diet counseling.  When I
decided I wanted the pump, I was required to go to a two day intensive
carbohydrate counting class.  Then they ordered the pump.  I have a follow
up appt with the dietician from the two day CHO counting class where I have
to bring two weeks of detailed diet and BG logs.  The minimed sales person
is coming to my house next week, and then I have the two day pump class the
following week.  I didn't find the carb counting class to be very useful,
certainly not 12 hours of useful, and I really wish I could have done it
online instead.  However, I expect the pump class to be jammed full of info
that is not intuitive and that I would otherwise not be able to figure out
on my own.

I am very excited to be getting my pump so soon, originally the October
class was full and they were telling me I couldn't get it until the week
before Xmas -- too long to wait, and the timing was not the best.

Sheri

-----Original Message-----
From: Amy B. Anderson [mailto:email @ redacted]
Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2001 8:41 AM
To: insulin-pumpers-digest
Subject: [IP] docs


I have a question about doctors. I feel like my endo is really on top of
things. I started with one doc who wanted to get me testing bloods more
often to prepare for going on the pump the first time I met him (2 years
ago). Then once I accomplished that he moved me over to another endo on the
D team at my clinic who is a pump specialist. When I first got my pump, the
minimed tech/salesperson came over to my house to show me how to do set
changes and we started pumping saline right away. The 1 week later, I got
the insulin put in. I spent two full days at the clinic in a group with
other new pumpers. That group was the first time the pumpers did not have to
stay in-patient to get fitted with the pump. The pump dr went through all
the equations, ratios, and math, the dietician went through carb counting
(after we all had two other classes on it before even being approved to go
on the pump), I had to right down why I wanted a pump, what my expectations
were, a whole bunch of stuff. Now, I am glad I had all of this training and
prep work. From many people's posts, it seems like this may be an exception.
What were other people's experiences with starting on the pump as far as
training & education are concerned?
-- 
Amy B. Anderson
Apple Product Professional

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