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[IPp] We are pumping

Hi everyone,

I don't often post to these lists but always enjoy reading all the emails.
My son Michael started pumping with a Disetronic Htron pump on the 9th
April. We had to go up to Hamilton (North Island of New Zealand) for our
week long pump training course as pumps and pump training don't happen here
(its all abit political!!). Michael is the youngest person to go on a pump
in New Zealand (he was 6 at the time), its not young compared to overseas
but hopefully we will start a trend here!! It took us about 18 months to
finally get on the course as there were people in our clinic that were not
very supportive to start with and didn't want to see it happen but
thankfully things were eventually worked out between the specialist we saw
privately and the D clinic. We are really enjoying the insulin pump. We are
still in pretty close contact with our pump team via phone but are feeling
really positive about it all. We are on a 6 week trial with a loan pump but
we have already decided we will be buying  a pump to carry on with. There is
no funding at all here in NZ for pumps or consumables, hopefully things will
change in the future (or we might win Lotto!!).  We are using the Rapid D
6mm needles and find those really good. Are having some problems with a rash
from the tape we use to secure the safety loop in the tubing with. I brought
some more tape this morning so we will see how that goes. Michael has
accepted wearing the pump really well, he wears it in a plastic case with a
big clip which clips on to the waist band of what ever pants he is wearing.
I am slowly coming to grips with carb counting but realised yesterday I had
been using the wrong carb factor to work out the carbs of the half a banana
he was having with breakfast (was over dosing abit!), gave me abit of a
fright but I have come to the conclusion that his insulin to food ratio for
breakfast wasn't quite right as even with my miscalculations his levels had
been ok!! Have experienced air bubbles in the tubing also - another fright
but thankfully it was sorted pretty quickly. I find it is a whole new way of
looking at things and it initially took me awhile to get my head around
things. Overall we think the pump is amazing and are really pleased with the
way things are going - another huge, ongoing learning curve but well worth
the effort I reckon. Well thats all from me. Hope everyone is well. Take
Suzanne, Canterbury New Zealand, mum of Michael 7, D dxd 08/99, coeliacs dxd
04/00,pumping 04/02, Daniel 9, wife of Paul.
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