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Re: [IP] Why'd I get a pump



I'm wondering: How many people on this list got a pump because of
complications or the fear of getting them?

I am getting a pump so that
(1) I can vary the basal insulin for exercise.When I exercise I have to eat
constantly to keep my bg up which is counter productive to my major reason
for exercise which is weight control.

(2) I can bolus in fractions of a unit. I am very sensitive to insulin. 1
unit drops my bg by 100. So with only whole units available in my current
insulin delivery system, I am constantly choosing to go low, go high, or eat
more (notice I did not say eat less).

(3) I want to feel better. I used to be very active. No matter how tired I
might have been, I was always up for doing anything. I loved having people
over or going out. I've stopped jogging although I am still walking miles
most days. I still golf a couple times a week but it used to be more fun and
more often. My get up and go seems to have got up and went. I want it back.
I've seen so many people write in their posts about how much better they
feel now that they are on the pump.

Hope this helps,
Sue

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ed & Joyce Kai" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2002 7:18 PM
Subject: [IP] Why'd I get a pump


> Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 01:40:08 EST
> From: email @ redacted
> Subject: [IP] Re: Question about getting a pump
>
> In a message dated 10/30/02 9:38:12 AM, email @ redacted writes:
>
> << >
> When I got my pump, it was mainly for better control and increased
"freedom".
> It has definitely given me both!
>
> As far as complications...I hope the pump helps me avoid complications,
but
> one thing that's for certain, it has definitely improved my quality of
life!
>
> I always say I'll never take this pump for granted.  I've been diabetic
for 28
> years, have been pumping for almost 3 years.  I love being able to
postpone
> meals or to decrease my basal rate for exercise or low blood sugars, or to
> increase my basal when riding in the car for several hours.
>
> Today, I spent the day packing boxes at my place of employment.  I was up
and
> down the stairs many times.  I decreased my basal rate to 40% then 20% of
my
> normal dosage and was able to keep from having low blood sugars.  Hooray!!
> This is a  MAJOR accomplishments after years of having to eat when
exerting
> more energy than normal.
>
> I still chuckle when my family is together and someone will ask, "what
time do
> you need to eat", or "it's 12:00, Joyce needs her lunch".   Not any more!!
I
> have to say...with my pump I feel like I live a much more normal life!!!
>
> I love my pump!!
>
> Joyce
> Diagnosed 2/75, pumping since 1/00
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