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Re: [IPk] Sunny holidays with a pump



I'm going to the south of France in a month, and with any luck it should be
hot enough for a spot of sunbathing. Does anyone have any advice on keeping
the pump cool  whilst doing this? Also is it really ok to swim with it? I
take a shower  with it but am nervous of actually submerging it.

thanks
Zok

----- Original Message -----
From: "Audrey Sheal, SE Grampian" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2001 10:34 AM
Subject: [IPk] Sunny holidays with a pump


> Dear All
>
> Just back from a sunny holiday with a pump and I noticed several key
> differences about life on a pump while I was away.
>
> * My eating patterns were erratic, and my exercise was absolutely
> minimal - insulin usage was higher with a plethora of boluses at odd
times,
> but control remained spot on.  Some days I did not eat until 2pm and
> finished dinner at midnight - with some breaks in between!  But even this
> did not throw things out.
> * Nobody else notices your pump as much as you think they do - even
> when you aren't wrapped up for Scottish weather.
> * Often in very hot temperatures I have experienced weird fluctuations
> in my bg - not this time - which I am sure made the whole holiday more
> relaxing.
> * On the way home, I had a nasty bug and collapsed in Gatwick airport
> - violently ill for a couple of hours, taken to hospital (amazingly no-one
> tested my bg or came near me for 3 hours, even though it was a quiet
day!) -
> and my bg remained between 4.5m/mol and 6m/mol - even though I was doing
the
> being sick, drinking some lucozade, balancing act.  Previously an episode
> like this would have sent my bg's wild, and they would have become part of
> the problem!
> * And for any women out there who don't know what to wear for
> sunbathing with a pump - and don't feel up to a bikini!  Those tankini,
long
> top bikinis are fab - site is easily accessible - and it sure beats trying
> to manoeuvre up or down a swimming costume to disconnect!!!
>
>
> Anyway, hope these thoughts are of use to someone.  Must say, I missed
> reading the digest!
>
> Audrey Sheal
> IDDM 20 years+, Minimed 508 pumper 6 months
>
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