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Re: [IPk] Help Needed

Hi Julian

I do feel for you.  This is where my problems started at the beginning of 
this month after my own pump broke and I was sent a spare.  Even the second 
spare has the same problem.

I do not use the same make as you but you may be interested in what I am 
doing.  My husband was an electronic engineer and studied my pump.  There 
were no air bubbles, the lead screw was turning but insulin was not coming 
out all the time.  He thinks it is, in my particular pump, the levers which 
engage the reservoir with the lead screw.  These do not seem to stay down 
all the time.  We think one reason for this could be a speck of dust.  Do 
you have a small brush with your pump.  Mine is very short with stiff hairs. 
With this I cleaned the lead screw, particularly where the lever mechanism 
was engaging.  My husband thinks the design of the thread is bad and can 
allow the engaged part to disengage.  Sorry if this is not at all relevant 
to the mechanism of your pump.  I was instructed to go back to a syringe to 
bring the glucose down. I tested 2-hourly, 1-hourly if it was still over 10. 
However, I had only the very slightest ketones even 1t 26.  If yours get 
much higher you must contact your health team.  It takes a very short time 
to get into real trouble when on the pump.

Best wishes,
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Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2005 2:35 PM
Subject: [IPk] Help Needed

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> Hi All
> I have had high sugars over the past couple of days. I changed my set last
> night. This morning I woke up feeling really poorly and thirsty. So much 
> so that
> I dare'nt touch our new baby in case I dropped her or something.
> I have now discovered that no insulin is being delivered by the tubing. 
> I've
> primed the set and it does the motions but provides no insulin. I've 
> changed the
> set adapter and everything and now the pump is giving indiscriminate 
> doses,
> though it does seem to be too little rather than too much. For instance, 2 
> units
> of insulin would normally show three to four drops coming out of the tube. 
> The
> last time it showed about half a drop! Earlier it showed two.
> My blood sugar is currently running in the mid twenties and I have two 
> pluses
> of ketones. I'm injecting and drinking loads at the moment to try and 
> flush out
> the ketones. I have a spare pump, but am worried about activating it 
> unless
> absolutely necassary.
> I use a D-Tron plus pump at the moment.
> Thanks
> Julian
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