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Re: [IPk] What's worth getting and what's not!

Hi All

Thanks for your replies, given food for thought or should I say a bit more of
a head spin...

Jackie, I do suffer from nighttime hypo's that I sleep through, I find out
that I had one when I wake up not being able to see well, banging headache etc
used to put it down to migraines!!  Took ages to crack onto what was going on,
it wasn't until I did the DAFNE course, realised that the reading I was
getting on these mornings were actually rebound hypo readings rather than the
good match from the night before....

So yes the ability of having a combined CGMS would be a very good idea, until
one realises that I would have to foot the bill for this out of my own
pocket...  the hospital only has one CGMS and that is in the paediatric
department not for the adults....

The other bit the Bolus wizard seems to be a very handy feature indeed, and
yes this bit is of great interest for me.  I do understand that even though
this isn't a feature contained on the spirit pump, roach get around this by
having software for a PDA, that does similar...  So might provide the

The increments side of things, this is the difficult one, due to I'm not going
to know how much need I'm going to have for a very fine increment until I
actually start pumping...  As for fine tuning at this point of time, I really
want to avoid the hypo's, stop a lot of the high BG's and sit around the mark
that helps to protect further damaged to my kidneys will be fine by me and of
cause the ability to adjust quickly to how my day is panning out...  the
ability to turn the insulin off rather trying to have to feed the insulin I've
got on board to try to prevent a hypo when what was going to be my routine
goes belly up will be brilliant...

what I've done is e-mailed roach explaining that I'm starting pump therapy, as
the hospital using the Accu-Chek spirit as there choice of pump, can they send
some information about what is included in the basic pump package, info on
tubes/connectors and more information of the Pocket Compass software and what
PDA or Specs they recommend to use with the software etc...

So I will have a look at this before I finally decide,

At the moment hubby is saying go with the hospital choice and make life much
easier for yourself!  I think at this point of time it is a case will the PDA
and Pocket Compass software make up for built in features of other pumps?


----- Original Message ----
From: Hannah Lawrence <email @ redacted>
To: email @ redacted
Sent: Sunday, 6 April, 2008 1:25:12 PM
Subject: Re: [IPk] What's worth getting and what's not!

Hi Jo

I guess it depends at what stage you are at in your diabetes control when you
consider how many functions you need. For example, when I got my pump I was
used to my bg's running at about 18, so getting them down just below 10 was
going to be a miracle, never mind anything else.  Now I have done that most
the time and I am running my bg's at a much better level, but I'm still not
a point where I am concerned if my bg's are a few above target and are at 7.5
isntead of 5.5.  If you are at this stage and are happy just to get some
control, you don't need all of the different fucitons and the ability to vary
your basals by 0.25 even.  Of course, once you have gained more control, you
may wish to then be more precise in control, but I personally do not want to
have to devote anymore of my time to worry about my bg's and am happy not to
go into anymore detail.

But it's all a personal choice!


----- Original Message ----
From: Jackie Jacombs <email @ redacted>
To: email @ redacted
Sent: Saturday, 5 April, 2008 7:53:02 PM
Subject: RE: [IPk] What's worth getting and what's not!

Hi June and Jo

This is a very important point. One of the parents on the UK CWD lists was
an Accu-Chek Spirit pump and her daughter, under 5 has very small insulin
and it has been very difficult  because they cannot give small enough basal
increments  and they are trying to get the hospital to let them change to
another pump like the Animas.

There are also several parents using the Animas pumps because their children
have very low insulin needs even though these children are not very young

Jo do you have lots of problems with hypo awareness during the day or night?
Maybe a pump where sensors are an option might be a good idea.


> Hi Jo
> Do you think you may need to vary the amount of your insulin by very small
> amounts?  This was the reason I changed to the Animas.  It can vary amounts
> by as little as 0.025 units.  If I have different settings at say 8 hours
> apart and want a very small amount less basal over this time therefore, I
> can change an amount by 0.025 units per hour and the total will be still
> only 0.02 different from before.  I wouldn't be without this.  It is
> possibly to change by this amount of other pumps but only by messing about
> with the settings a lot more.  The Animas also gives excellent results when
> I need to make corrections and allow for insulin given earlier and not used
> and present blood glucose readings.
> I recommend you think carefully.  I was not given a choice and my first 4
> years caused me many nighttime hypos.
> June
> contact: HELP@insulin-pumpers.org

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