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RE: RE: [IP] docs

Wowee! I didn't have to go through any training before the MiniMed trainer came. She spent 2 1/2 hours with me and I was basically on my own. She was available via phone for questions.

Perhaps because I've had diabetes for 26 years, I didn't have to go through extensive training beforehand. 

Hang in there. It's worth the wait. I've been on the pump a month, and it's going great! I love it!

Sheri Byrne <email @ redacted> wrote:

>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.
>-----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
>Justice and Peace for All Americans
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