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Re: [IPp] Why are so many doctors so resistant to starting a patient on a pump

Unfortunately, I think some doctor's offices are resistant because of lack
of updated education and/or lack of willingness to put in the extra time
answering questions, adjusting settings, etc. that new pumpers may require.
Google searches will give you research that supports honeymooners on pumps
and toddlers on pumps, as well as evidenence of improved quality of life on

We pushed HARD and jumped through whatever hoops (basic diabetes classes,
carb counting classes, pre-pump classes)  they threw at us to get our
daughter on a pump less than 3 months after diagnosis.  Other families we
met in the area who had a child with diabetes still on shots with that same
doctor then realized they could do the same thing and pushed to finally get
on pumps after years of shots.

My heart goes out to your friend and her toddler daughter.  I'll thankful
she has your encouragement to push for pump.  One idea might be to connect
with a pump rep and work with them in getting the doctor on board.  I'd
recommend an Animas for a toddler.  The smaller increments are wonderful for
this age!  Please tell your friend to hang in there.

Married to Tom 21 years
Mom to Jono (13 yrs), Jacob (8 yrs)
and Mollie (4 yrs, dx 9-16-05, pumping Animas 12-12-05, MiniMed Minilink
6-07, now PINK Animas!)

"Often the greatest micracles happen to those who are desperate for one."
---S. Omartian
-------Original Message-------

From: Lisa Hepner
Date: 1/4/2008 10:52:29 AM
To: Parents of Pumpers
Subject: [IPp] Why are so many doctors so resistant to starting a patient on
a pump

I have a friend with a daughter who was very recently diagnosed.  She has
been calling me with lots of questions and I keep telling her that it will
get easier when on a pump.  She finally said "So, I should start looking
into getting a pump for her."   When she went in to see the nurse
practitioner she asked about a pump.  The NP said that they want her
daughter to be on shots for a year before switching over to a pump.  She
gave several reasons like "It's very technical," "Her blood sugars need to
be more stable," "She's still honeymooning," "pumps can fail" etc.  I can
understand wanting them to wait until they learn dosages on shots just in
case of a pump malfunction, but a year?  I have some ideas as to why they
are hesitant, but I wanted to ask here.

Even though the pump was overwhelming at first I wish we would have pushed
for it sooner.  My son was diagnosed at at 10 months and his toddler years
were very difficult.  A pump would have made things a lot easier.  I know if
we had a second child diagnosed, I would start the pump process in the
hospital.  We spent so many years chasing insulin all day and it was very

My friend is also having a hard time because the NP told her to give insulin
prior to eating.  I know this is preferable, but it is very hard to do with
a toddler.  We used to wait until we saw how well my son was going to eat
because he was so unreliable at age 2.  Her daughter is getting a shot and
then having a tantrum because of the shot and will not eat.  The mom is very
frustrated and overwhelmed.

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