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Re: [IPk] funding



Have you any hints for trying to obtain finance from Bupa or local health
authorirties ?


----- Original Message -----
From: Abigail King <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2000 6:36 PM
Subject: [IPk] funding


>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: John Neale <email @ redacted>
> To: <email @ redacted>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2000 12:12 PM
> Subject: Re: [IPk] infusion set / cartridge change
>
>
> > >    Does anyone reconnect a used infusion set to   a new cartridge. It
> > >says quite clearly on the instructions that sets should be  changed at
> > >least as often as the cartridges. I use "tenders" and my cartridges
> (very
> > >annoyingly) usually last about 10 days so if I follow the advice given
> I,d
> > >be wasting 2 days worth of infusion set and I fund the consumables
> myself.
> > >Is  there any reason why it would not be safe to do the above?
(obviously
> > >after  disconnecting the set from myself)
> >
> > Hi Abigail -
> >
> > I use Tenders and when necessary I will change the cartridge without
> > changing the infusion set, as you suggest. I've not experienced any
> > problems :-)
> >
> > But what I do more often though is to change the cartridge a day or two
> > earlier than necessary, so I change cartridge and infusion set all at
> once.
> > It may mean throwing away a day or two's worth of insulin, but I'm not
> > paying for the insulin directly, and it doesn't offend my sense of
> waste...
> >
> > I've been on the pump for nearly 3 years now, and for the first year I
was
> > self funding. One thing I did do to save money was to reuse the
cartridge
> 2
> > or 3 times. It's not officially recommended, but I know a lot of people
> who
> > do this. Insulin itself contains strong preservatives, so the inside of
> the
> > cartridge remains fairly sterile on reuse. The only problem preventing
you
> > reusing it any further is that the lubricant inside the cartridge that
> > stops the plunger sticking can wear thin, and cause a no delivery alarm.
> >
> > On the self-funding front: I've been there myself, and I feel you should
> > only do this if the money *really* isn't a problem. You've got to be
able
> > to ruthlessly change an infusion set that's only been in a hour or two
on
> > the off-chance that it is in a bad spot, without fretting about the
waste
> > of 5 pounds. Although I'm not a rich man (yet!), I was happy that I did
> buy
> > my own pump and pay for my own infusion sets for a while, but I was very
> > relieved when I secured proper funding.
> >
> > John
> >
> > --
> > mailto:email @ redacted
> > http://www.webshowcase.net/johnneale
> >
> >
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> How did you manage to persuade the health authority to pay?  I,ve already
> been in touch with John Davies regarding this but I only have two months
> worth of blood glucose results from prepump days as I threw my old records
> away ( they wouldn't be much use as I was "eyeballing " the results ie
using
> the old strips and comparing the colour changes and readings that I
thought
> were 11 could have been anything from11 to 15 or 16) I do have a 18 month
> history of poor HBA1cs (8.5 to 9.6%) and the consultant I'm under knows I
> tested regularly but sees me as "obsessive" and  is not familiar with
pumps.
> When I told my GP Iwas going to try a pump he gave me a rather quizzical
> look and asked "don,t you think yourcontrol is bad because of your
> lifestyle" ( how dare us diabetics feel we have the right to a challenging
> career and a healthy future!)
> Do you think if I can show a substantial improvement in HBA1Cs I'll be
able
> to persuade them that it's worth funding (I've a clinic appointment in 2
> weeks time)
>
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