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Re: [IPk] What my doctor said when I asked about the pump
In message <email @ redacted>, email @ redacted writes
>Is this the norm?
No, the norm is just what she said, and 'come back in six months': a
referral to the Liverpool (or other pump centre) is far, far from the
norm. You are lucky to have such an open-minded doctor!
As to the weight issue. I have lost 7 kilos since going on the pump (a
year ago). Not through any attempt to diet or change to my eating
patterns: just through being able to eat what I want, when I want. This
was not possible on mdi, because the long-acting insulin wasn't right,
and square boluses were not possible (take last night's dinner, for
example: the Insalata della Casa at Cafe Uno: lettuce, avacado, bacon
and goats cheese, plus dressing - est under 10g cho, and rather a lot of
fat and protein! Took 5 units over six and a half hours, and woke up
with a bg of 5.4. Pure guesswork, of course, but absolutely impossible
with mdi! On mdi I'd have had to have some bread or a pudding ....
result: added poundage!
Also with a pump, it's perfectly possible to eat half a dinner, and
think 'that's enough', and stop eating. With Chinese food and such
like, I may take seven or eight boluses during a meal: one for each
little dish eaten.
Some people do put weight on with a pump, because they have been unable
to eat extra and take extra boluses on their previous regime - but if
you've been on mdi, and always been able to cover any additional snacks
or second helpings you wanted, then the pump won't give you that
dm 30+, 508+
email @ redacted
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