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Re: [IPk] Pumping

I can't help feeling that not being on a pump is like the cruellest joke. We
had such a hard time last year at Christmas. We had such a fabulous time on
the pump this year. What lies between? A load of rubbish talked about issues
of attachment etc. I am not dismissing how challenging a pump can be but, as
a parent, I feel it is unbelievably cruel that I didn't know about how the
pump could make diabetes bearable and when I asked I was almost convinced
that it was only a slight improvement on what we had.m  Last Feb A1c was
9.8! And life was chasing highs or guarding against lows. Huge thanks to Liz
O' Shea for coming to show us a pump last February. Here and CWD showed me
that pumps were worth fighting for. If I had an inkling at how our lives
would transform I'd have  relaxed so much more last year looking forward to
Diabetes becoming manageable.
Grace captured it yesterday looking forward to being 6yrs in May. Because
she "doesn't feel five really as her birthday seemed to be more about
Diabetes than having a proper birthday". "This year will be with Diabetes
and the pump and then I'll really be six"
As ever
thanks lads
Mum to Grace dx 10.03 pumping 12weeks and Brian 9yrs

----- Original Message -----
From: "Pat Reynolds" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: 29 December 2004 20:50
Subject: Re: [IPk] Pumping

> Hi Frances,
> In some ways a pump is easier (e.g. if you decide half way through a
> meal that it is really awful, and you don't want to eat any more, you
> don't have to!)  Or if you have a cold, or exercise, and need more or
> less insulin as a result, it's possible to match the insulin to what you
> want.
> But on the other hand, get a bigger handbag: you have to carry far more
> kit around with you.  Also, you may have to measure your bg more than
> you do at the moment (i.e. at least 4 times a day, and possibly double
> that).
> Do you know why all the regimes have failed?  E.g. problems getting a
> basal insulin which matches your needs, having very different needs when
> you exercise a little or a lot or not at all, etc. etc.  Knowing why
> normal multiple daily injections don't work for you makes it easier to
> get the pump to do what injections can't.
> But don't worry: some people see improved control from the start of
> pumping, it takes others several months to work out how what their body
> needs, and all of us are learning still after years of pumping.
> Cheers,
> Pat
> dm 30+, 508 pump 3+
> In message <email @ redacted>, Frances
> Dziadkiewicz <email @ redacted> writes
> >Today i was told that i fit the criteria for a pump, and soon i will be
> >onto a 3 month trial to see how i do. i was just wondering if it is easy
> >get used to and if it is more work than normal injections? i will be
using a
> >disetronic D-TRON pump.
> >i am almost 18 years old, diabetic since 1996 with very poor control ever
> >since, i am currently on 4 injections a day, combination of humalog and
> >lantus. in my history of being a diabetic i have been on many regimes,
> >of which have worked successfully.
> >Frances.
> >
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