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[IP] Questions from a new pumper
Greetings and salutations,
Wow- it's really great just reading mail from
people in the same boat as me! I just joined the list and was glad to see
Buzz joined too (1996 diabetic lehigh).
I've been on the pump for 3 months now, and am
really glad to have made the switch. I have a lot of questions that I seem
to never remember to ask my endo about in my few visits to him.
First some backround information: I am
extremely insulin-sensitive (or was until I started using the pump). I
used to take 30 grams of carb for 1 unit of Humalog. Now I seem to need
more and more insulin for grams of carbs. It's up to 15 grams of carbs for 1
unit now. Also, I used to be able to drop my bg 100 points with one unit
and now it seems I need twice that much.
Here are my questions:
1) Has anyone experienced less sensitivity to
humalog since using the pump?
2) I find the long tubing really bothersome.
Is there some disadvantage to shorter tubing that I don't know
3) How few carbs a day do "lo-carbers" aim
for? 90? 60? Less?
4) Theoretically, with the pump one should be able
to eat anything so long as it's compensated for by the appropriate units of
H. Is there anyone on this list that restricts nothing? For example,
if I want to eat sweets (which I often do) I don't restrict them and I'm still
able to maintain tight control by using the carb ratio thing.