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*To*: email @ redacted*Subject*: Re: [IPk] The cost of my diabetes*From*: John Neale <email @ redacted>*Date*: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 14:27:14 +0200*Reply-To*: email @ redacted

I was chatting to my wife at lunch today - we do talk sometimes! - and she was recounting how she had been in her rehearsal studio this morning, and got a sudden irrepressible urge to eat meat. She's pregnant by the way. So she abandonned her rehearsal and rushed out to the butchers round the corner for a fricadella thingee. She also keeps dried apricots in her handbag. Not as good as glucose tablets she confesses, but a compelling source of energy when she needs it none the less. Nanette, if you find boiled sweets do the job, that's great. Or indeed bread or dried fruit. But you'll need to cost the sweets or fruit. I'll stick with my glucose tablets :-) Liam - 15 pounds for 50 BG tests sounds nearer the mark. I know the NHS as a monopoly purchaser is able to demand very low prices. Here's another list. I've modified my usage of syringes, lancets. And the price of BG tests: Actrapid. 20 pounds. 1 bottle per year. 20 pounds per year. Batteries for pump. 1 pound each. 3 every 6 weeks. 26 pounds per year. Batteries for BG meter. 2 pounds each. 6 every year. 12 pounds per year. BG meter. 30 pounds. 0.5 per year. 15 pounds per year. BG tests. 15 pounds per 50. 2000 per year. 600 pounds per year. Finger pricker. 10 pounds. 1 per year. 10 pounds per year. Glucose tablets. 1 pound per packet. 2 packets a week. 104 pounds per year. Hospital consultation. 100 pounds. 2 per year. 200 pounds per year. Humalog. 20 pounds per 10ml bottle. 40 units per day. 290 pounds per year. Infusion sets - Tenders + tubing. 5 pounds each. 1 every 2 days. 912 pounds per year. Insulatard. 20 pounds. 1 bottle per year. 20 pounds per year. Ketostix. 10 pounds. 1 tub per year. 10 pounds per year. Lancets. 10 pounds per box. 1 box per 10 year. 1 pound per year. Misc. tests (urine, HbA1c etc). 50 pounds. 50 pounds per year. Pump. 2000 pounds. 7 year life (est.). 285 pounds per year. Reservoirs. 2.50 pounds. 1 every 7 days. 130 pounds per year. Syringes. 10 pounds per box. 1 box per 5 years. 2 pounds per year. Total: 2687 pounds per year. This injection business - if I hit trouble, the first thing I will do is inject a dab of insulin. I find it very reassuring. And painless. I then know everything is under control, before I quietly check through all the bits and pieces on my pump. But that's my own personal choice. Richard - if you want fast absorbtion, I'm told an intravenous injection - into the vein on your arm say - is about as fast as you can get. I'm not surprised that Berstein suggests muscle for fast absorbtion... he also recommends no injection of long acting insulin more than 7 units. So a bedtime injection of 20 units should be broken into 3: 7, 7 and 6. This guarantees a more regular absorbtion. John -- mailto:email @ redacted http://www.webshowcase.net/johnneale ---------------------------------------------------------- for HELP or to subscribe/unsubscribe, contact: HELP@insulin-pumpers.org help SUPPORT Insulin Pumpers http://www.insulin-pumpers.org/donate.shtml

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