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Re: [IPk] Israel trip

I wrote directly to Iain, but since people have referred to me, and
since it may of interest to others, here is what I wrote about pumping
on a trip to Israel.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Nanette Freedman <email @ redacted>
Date: 29 May 2011 08:11
Subject: Re: [IPk] Israel trip
To: email @ redacted

Hi Iain,

I live in Jerusalem, work at Hadassah Hospital which is the large
university teaching hospital, have been using a pump since 1998 - was
offered one only months after diagnosis of DM. Most of the pump
companies have reps here. Considerably higher percentage of type 1
diabetics use pumps here than in the UK, so plenty of supplies and
I haven't done digging or hosteling but have done plenty of desert
hikes and heat and dust with my pump - wouldn't contemplate doing such
things without the pump, and they don't seem to pose particular
problems, though when it first gets hot each year, I've always had a
day or two of very low BG's - but easier to control with pump than
Please tell your friend she should feel free to email me and/or phone
when she comes. I've read about excavations at Tel Dor - sounds
interesting. And if your friend has climbed mountains previously, the
changes in altitude here are unlikely to be more challenging.
email @ redacted
email @ redacted

On 29 May 2011 03:16, Iain Jenkins <email @ redacted> wrote:
> Hi,
 > A friend of mine is going on a field trip to israel, and I know there was
> discussion from people who live there a while back.  She wants to get in
 > contact with Israeli pump users so she can get some more info on the
> there whilst she stays.  Anyone who would be wiling to share info? contact me
> and I'll pass on her details.  Sounds like quite an adventure she'll be on!
> <quote>
> I could use the opinion of a fellow diabetic adventurer:  I received a
> scholarship this summer to attend a 6-week archaeological field school
> in Israel w/ the U. of Washington, at a site called Tel Dor. While I'm
> there, W&M gave me a grant to study Egyptian influence in
> Hellenistic tombs south of Jerusalem. Since it's going to be two months
> of hiking, hosteling, digging, heat, dust, and limestone burial caves,
> do you think wearing the pump would be a good idea?
> On the
> one hand, I like the flexibility and fine-tuning ability of the pump,
> and if I can climb mountains with it, then do you think the desert would
>  pose a problem?
> <end quote>
> Thanks in advance,
> With every good wish,
> Iain.
> T1 Essex, UK.
> minimed 515 pump
> Current A1C February 2011 5.7.
> Help diabetics to reach their full potential through athletic endeavours:
> http://www.insulindependence.org
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