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Re: [IPk] End of the pump dream?



Hi Caroline,

I'd say nearly everyone else had problems like this, perhaps not to the same
extent though! I hear two things from your story, first, your team might be
a little inexperienced because I wouldn't expect them to revert so abruptly
back to the previous insulin delivery method. They should have more
confidence in the method, it is after all more flexible than anything else
available!

Second, I'd blame the basal rates, which for me were set far too low at the
start and made it impossible to keep my sugars below 15 in the early weeks.

One thing about pumping which this experience highlights, is that if the
amount of insulin being delivered is even a little bit off, the sugars will
go up very quickly. I'm assuming here that there weren't any other possible
reasons for failure of the pump, such as local reaction at the insertion
site or forgetting to prime a new set before plugging into yourself.

You're an experienced person with diabetes, so don't let this early bad
experience get the better of you.

Good luck,

Tony O'Sullivan
IDDM 26 yr, pump 7 months
----- Original Message -----
From: "Caroline Batistoni" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Wednesday, May 01, 2002 10:57 AM
Subject: [IPk] End of the pump dream?


> After just two weeks on a pump, its all come crashing down around me. I
ended
> up in hospital on the brink of full blown DKA.Don't ask me how this
happened,
> as I, and my consultant and his registrar and my DSN all have no idea. All
I
> know is that my blood sugars have not dropped beow 15 since Saturday, and
I've
> had ketones for most of that time. This was despite running huge basal
rates,
> taking boluses of up to 15 units at a time - both through syringe and
pump,
> checking the pump out for problems and changing the infusion set several
> times. I'm not even ill!
>
> Obviously they've had to take me off the pump. The only bright thing is,
it
> could well be nothing to do with pumping so I should be able to give it
> another go. My sugars are still running in the 20's - they only let me
leave
> hospital because I have a genuine phobia about being an in-patient (I know
its
> stupid!)
>
> Everyone else on this list has such glowing things to say about their
pumps,
> and to say I'm more that a little bit disappointed would be an
understatement.
> Anyone else had problems like this?
>
> Caroline
> IDDM 18+ years, now ex-pumper.
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