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RE: [IPk] When am I going to start feel confident?



SHAZ,
Advice - get in touch with your team who put you on a pump. They will
help you feel more comfortable with adjusting your rates...

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	John Neale [SMTP:email @ redacted]
> Sent:	14 August 2000 10:40
> To:	email @ redacted
> Subject:	Re: [IPk] When am I going to start feel confident?
> 
> >    Hi,   Well, I've now been about 8 weeks on the pump and I am
> still
> >lacking the confidence to 1) play with my basal rates (they are still
> at
> >the  levels first set for me) and 2) not panic every time I change
> the
> >infusion  set/insulin cartridge/batteries.   I know that I need to
> get to
> >grips with it, but keep  panicking!  My blood sugars improved
> dramatically
> >when I started on the  pump, but seem to have gone haywire the last 2
> >weeks.  I'm tending to run  quite high 10-14 on average, and also
> swinging
> >into hypo's.  I have had 2  today in the last 6 hours.  I beginning
> to
> >think is it all worth it.   Any support would be very welcome.
> Sorry if
> >this sounds very negative,    Shaz
> 
> Hi Shaz -
> 
> I think learning to use your pump is like learning to drive a car:
> some
> take to it quickly, others need a lot of driving lessons, but still
> become
> good drivers at the end of it all!
> 
> A book I have, the Insulin Pump Therapy Book, says that it can take up
> to 6
> months before you really feel comfortable and can use your pump to its
> full
> potential.
> 
> Have you got a good clinical team helping you adjust your basal rates?
> At
> this stage you should probably be in touch with them quite a lot. Your
> initial basal rates were really just a guess, and your body's need for
> insulin tends to change quite a lot in the first few months, so you
> need to
> work closely with your clinic.
> 
> Good luck - and less us know how it goes.
> 
> Best wishes -
> 
> John
> 
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> 
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