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Re: [IPk] 12 days from pump

How inspiring!

I am going to the Mile End Hospital in April for my yearly checkup. In the 
past I have seen just a junior registrar who knew nothing!  Does anybody 
have any clues as to who I should ask to see about discussing pump options?

Thanks for all your help!


>From: "Audrey Sheal, SE Grampian" <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: "'email @ redacted'" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: [IPk] 12 days from pump
>Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2001 09:57:41 -0000
>	Gordon
>	I must admit when I was a few days from the pump I became
>apprehensive, totally unnecessarily I might add!  But with hindsight, I
>would use the following tips:
>*	Get the basics under your belt first - I wanted to understand all
>different forms of boluses and then realised that if I got normal boluses
>right that was a huge first step.
>*	If you have an unexpected high, yes think about the pump, but don't
>automatically blame it!  I had an unexpected high after a few days and
>panicked about my pump and then had a good look at my BG history that day,
>and could see why it had happened.
>*	I never ate anything between meals for the first few weeks (unless
>hypoing), nor did I do vigorous exercise, nor did I drink alcohol.  Then
>once I had my basals sorted I began to introduce the complexities of life!
>*	Focus as much as you can on getting your rates right.
>*	Don't be scared to ask the clinic.
>*	Don't be surprised if your insulin requirements are cut dramatically
>- believe the maths!
>*	Tell people about it!  From a psychological point of view I found
>that the more I explained the pump to others the more comfortable I became
>and the more confident I became with it - probably became a bit evangelical
>	I strongly believe that getting a pump is the most positive thing I
>have ever done for my health - and I came from having an HbA1C of 6.8, but
>with far too broad a range - a real rollercoaster in fact.   The pump has
>improved how I feel physically and how I feel mentally about diabetes.
>Incidentally HbA1c is now down to 6.2.
>	I hope all goes well, and please, if you need any support, get in
>	Audrey Sheal
>	IDDM 20 yrs +, Minimed pumper 4 mnths +
> > Now I am only 12 days from getting my pump, so does anyone have any 
> > tips advice on what I may expect on my first few days?.
> >
> >
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