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RE: [IPk] Pump - good and bad



I do feel that we will get there one way or the other (feel I want to
burst into song, one way or the other I'm gonna get ye get ye get
ye............) very apt.

Anyway, you are brilliant, I can't believe how relaxed and settled you
are already; it's been no time at all.

Are you still going into school or does someone help Grace to Bolus.

With Alex being bigger do you feel that after a few weeks she would be
able to do quite a lot herself?

Are you really happy with the pump you have, would you make any changes
or add anything if you could?

When we do get one I will have to make a special visit to you so I can
get an idea on equipment, pouches etc you seem to have it all organized.

I feel that with being ok with carb counting helps us a great deal, at
least one thing we don't have to master.  I know there's a lot more to
it but I'm sure with a positive mind you must be half way there.



Marion -----Original Message-----
From: email @ redacted [mailto:email @ redacted] On
Behalf Of Miriam Connor
Sent: 18 January 2005 22:25
To: email @ redacted
Subject: Re: [IPk] Pump - good and bad

I sympathise completely with the query. I found it very difficult to
reconcile the vague question mark over pumps, to suddenly being en route
one and looking for what seemed an elusive insight to the problems
For us, problems pumping are very different than problems on injections
what I expected from the pump. The main reason for us is that our
quality of
life has improved so, I find I have a huge tolerance for the day to day
glitches that can happen with a pump. I honestly imagine that Alex will
it straightforward as the three main prerequisites for pumping to me are
a sense of humour 2) an organised approach to managing the diabetes 3)
pragmatic when something unexpected happens.
Our biggest problem is to remember to bolus. But on injections if we
to give one, it would have been so different to just doing a correction
bolus. If Grace gets an unexpected high reading.... is it a forgotten
A bubble in the tubing? an infection? hormonal? need to adjust ratios or
basal?, malfunction of pump? problem with set? Because of the risk of
there is no ignoring of the reading but after we settled on the pump,
thankfully there has never been anything that took more than a few
to fix and then we watched the bloods for the next few hours. Sleep
deprivation and a sort of inevitable initial neurosis. At the start I
consider the list above in a fraught sense of ....what if I get it
Now, it is just a checklist..
Marion, on this list I was urged to let go a bit and trust that we would
cope when necessary but not to try to pre-empt the pump. I found it hard
do but all the bits I prepared for, never really materialised. I
expected to
be thrown in at the deep and be like at diagnosis. Night checks were a
heavy going but the greatest adjustment was enjoying the pump. Always
a glucometer to hand and spare batteries etc took getting used to...
It as so disconcerting to reconcile how I had been  in trepidation of
something that was like a magic wand for us, making diabetes such a
part of Grace's life.
I found it hard to remember not to treat hypos with so much Carbs. I
it hard to sleep having put Grace to bed on 6mmols and trusting we would
fine until morning. The pump wasn't a problem so much as I was the
factor in the equation.
I can honestly say that the hardest part of pumping to date is the pain
have felt at times like Halloween...what if I hadn't found here and
for a pump?
Marion. I wasted much needed energy angsting over being prepared. The
had made us jump through hoops, so..... the pump must be a headbanging
deal..........the big deal was how easy it was. Once I relaxed... it is
a different way to press a syringe.
No one can know for anyone else but I would  bet that you and Alex will
the pump. I did out our own record sheet as in the early days I found it
difficult to retain all the needed info to make adjustments. I use an A4
day and tend to keep close note of times so when I am trying to reason
action I have all the relevant info to hand. But I started off with a
injury so retaining info is a big deal for me.
 I would suggest you get hold of a freestyle meter and make up a tiny
with treatment for hypo. We've been using gummy bears for times we need
something neater than lucocade. Grace said the other day "Oh goody it's
sweet the hypo time rather than treat!". Anything that makes having the
relevant accessories to hand in as discreet a way as possible will be a
plus. Mastering Carb counting is a real asset.
Alex's committment will be to check regularly and be responsible to
batteries etc with her and to remember to bolus!
It is hard to put in words the practicalities of the pump as what may be
issue for one is less for another.
Your question is one we would identify with. Then I got the pump and was
busy enjoying it!
You always have the list to come back to with questions.
Remeber if Alex doesn't like the pump you can always give it back.
I wish you and Alex ( and Lizzie and Alan) the very best!
Hope some of the above is of use to you.
Dream big
Mum to Grace 5yrs dx 10,03 pumping Oct 04.
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