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Old 04-07-2010, 13:52   #1
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This is going to sound like a stupid question...but...here goes. I am trying to figure out what to do with this thing when I am sleeping. Do you clip it to the outside of your clothes? or the inside? I am thinking the inside would be more stable and not have it so likely to get caught up in stuff....but is it bad to have it that close to my body? Will it hurt it to get that warm> I was thinking insulin shouldnt get too warm. What do you guys do with it?

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Pam, I have used my MM 522 pump for 33 months and even on hot summer days the insulin is stable. Body heat and weather do not affect the insulin. When I take trips for a week or more, I leave my vials of insulin in a closed box so it is not exposed to the sun. I do not use those products that are advertised to keep insulin cool. The insulin has always been good and has never been a problem. I have been doing that for 64 years.

I clip my pump to the top of my pajama bottoms. The clip on the Minimed pump is strong and will hold fast. A woman's garmets may differ though, you will have to experiment. Which pump will you be using?

I see you are using a sliding scale. With pumping you ned to use carb counting. that is different from a sliding scale. Are you familiar with that? The book "Pumping Insulin" by John Walsh is excellent. I bought mine on amazon.com. The book "Calorie King" is great for determining the number of carbs in most foods. You should be very familiar with carb counting before using a pump.

Will you have a good pump trainer? My trainer was a CDE in the diabetes education center at a nearby hospital. She was very good. Trainers provided by the pump company are frequently too brief and give you only one training session. It is too much to grasp in one session. Be sure to study your pump manual and be very familiar with it before training begins. That helps a lot.

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Actually I started pump training on Tuesday. We have to wear it for one week filled with saline. We have to keep giving injections obviously this week....but I suppose they want us to program it and use it in a safe way. (guess they dont want us to kill ouselves LOL). I have to keep a detailed log this week of my exact carb intake and insulin usage so they can calculate my ratio, correction factors, etc. I am using the paradigm 722. Its a pretty extensive training....class once a week for 3 hours for three weeks....along with follow ups inbetween the classes for questions and adjustments. I have been carb counting for awhile now and carry a calorie king book with me everywhere I go

I dont refrigerate the insulin that I am using currently...only if it is unopened. I just wasnt sure if it shouldnt get too warm... I am getting older and and do get the occasional "hormonal moments" when I am sleeping

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I started pumping at the end of July. My trainer gave me a baby sock (a really cute one) and told me to pin it to my underwear or my nightgown. I pinned it the first night, but I've just been clipping it (using the clip that it came with and not the baby sock) to the front of my underwear, and I don't even notice it, now. It only took a week to forget that I was wearing it when I went to bed.

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This is going to sound like a stupid question...but...here goes. I am trying to figure out what to do with this thing when I am sleeping. Do you clip it to the outside of your clothes? or the inside? I am thinking the inside would be more stable and not have it so likely to get caught up in stuff....but is it bad to have it that close to my body? Will it hurt it to get that warm> I was thinking insulin shouldnt get too warm. What do you guys do with it?

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i put mine inside a baby sock and clamp it to my bra

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i put mine inside a baby sock and clamp it to my bra
Great idea, but what about those of us who don't wear bras

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Great idea, but what about those of us who don't wear bras
I use pretty long tubing, so I just toss in the bed next to me

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Well thats a simple solution that anyone can use

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A light weight body sleeping on tubing might not cause any harm. A heavy body might be differeent. I know it is that way with my CGM sensor. I weigh 210 pounds (6'2") and I have to keep the sensor near the cebter of my abdomen, so when I roll on my side it does not get squished. I had crazy numbers and alarms when I had the sensor on my sides.

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