Re: [IPk] Visual Impairment/Guide Dogs/Spirit Pump
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- Subject: Re: [IPk] Visual Impairment/Guide Dogs/Spirit Pump
- From: Diana Maynard <email @ redacted>
- Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 21:50:19 +0100
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> I,m registered as Sight Impaired (Partially Sighted) due to Proliferative
> retinopathy and maculopathy. I'm also a guide dog owner. Are there any other
> guide dog owners on this site?
Hmm, I don't know of any. There used to be a guy on here who was totally
blind (no sight at all) but sadly he died a few years ago. There are
quite a few people on here who are partially sighted/registered blind
though. I nearly got a guide dog but decided against it for a number of
reasons in the end.
> I use an Accuchek Spirit Combo pump (without the remote part). To those that
> are visually impaired; how do you manage on infusion set changing days?
> Especially with filling the resovoir..I would really appreciate some hints
My only real problem is seeing the air bubbles. When I was in a
relationship I used to get my partner to check the reservoir for air
bubbles before I inserted a new reservoir into the pump, but I'm on my
own now so I just have to do the best I can. My technique is to push the
insulin in and out and flick the reservoir a lot when i refill, and this
seems to get rid of the bubbles. Otherwise, i don't find there's
anything you need to be able to see, in order to refill a pump or change
the set. I use a Medtronic pump incidentally. i find it hard to read the
display on the pump without the backlight on, but otherwise it's OK - if
I'm struggling I just use a magnifying glass (I have one with a light
on, which is pretty good). I use this to check the air bubbles too. What
in particular do you have an issue with?
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