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Re: [IPk] What they don't tell you

Diana Maynard wrote:

> MOira
> your story is so similar to mine (and I suspect a lot of other people's).
> I gave up going to the clinic for eyars becasue I was fed up of being
> told I was "bad". One specialist nurse even told me that since she was
> a diabetic and able to get good control, there was no reason why I
> shouldn't too if I did what she told me to. Well, for a start her
> lifestlye was completely different. She told me to give up all sport
> until I got my diabetes under control! Back then, sport was my life,
> and I wasn't going to give up my whole life and sit around at home all
> day jsut to get good blood sugars (and anyway, I thuoght exercise was
> supposed to help good control? it certainly does with me).
> When I started on the pump, various people said to me "Oh, you won't
> get better control on the pump". But the point they missed is that
> yes, pumping per se doesn't necessarily give you better control
> (though not having the problems associated with long-acting insulins
> may well do jsut that), but it gives you the *tools* to get better
> control. That's why I don't think you should worry about all the tweaking and
> fiddling with basal rates. That's the whole point of the pump.
> Di
> ----

Di,I am relieved to hear you say that I am similar to you and that the pump is
really all about having the power to tweak when neccessary. I think I had unreal
expectations of the pump as everyboyd said it would give me perfect blood sugars
and that hasn't happened yet. However I can tweak things down and keep steady
blood sugars. Maybe I need to rethink the purpose of having the pump. It would
also appear that I am practically the only person using Humulin in the pump
instead of Humalog but I am still distrustful of Humalog and have friends that
have had bad experiences with it.

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