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Old 02-08-2018, 14:24   #1
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Hi there y'all,

I never thought I would see the day when I would have an insulin pump, but today one will arrive. Now what do I do with the blasted thing?

I mean do you leave it hooked up 24x7, take it off at night, only wear it occasionally or what?

If you wear it 24 x 7 what do you do with it at night when your sleeping?

I hope one of you fine folks can shed some light on these questions

Thanks,

JD

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Hi there y'all,

Now what do I do with the blasted thing?

I mean do you leave it hooked up 24x7, take it off at night, only wear it occasionally or what?

If you wear it 24 x 7 what do you do with it at night when your sleeping?

I hope one of you fine folks can shed some light on these questions

Thanks,

JD
Anyone I've known that have used a pump, was helped out by their local diabetes education center. Do you have one of those in your neck of the woods?

As I'm still old school - 4 plus shots/day I can't offer any help but from what I understand there is a learning curve that requires someone in the know to educate the new pump owner on how to load it, install it and stuff like that.

Hopefully someone in your area can point you in the right direction.

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Those on this forum who started pumping had a manufacturer's rep just for coaching the new pumper.

After you're trained on the pump, you might find this book a useful resource.
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There is a sub-forum on this site for pump issues. You might read through some of the threads there and glean some useful information.

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Thanks for the feed back.

As far as education goes, the rep did say that they have an educator that was supposed to call, sooner or later.

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You'll just need to wait, then. This is not unusual - the reps want you to have the pump before they schedule an appointment with you.

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Well the pump and cgm showed up today, somehow after looking at all this hardware I don't think that this will end well.

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What I do like is giving up all of the oral meds I take twice a day and the 6 insulin shots a day. I was kind of hoping that the finger sticks would stop with the cgm but after reading the doc provided I can see that its not going to happen.

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This may seem like a strange question, but what do you do with the insulin pump when its time to go to bed??

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Well i have my brand new shiny insulin pump hooked up and quite frankly I am really hesitant to use it. My PCP tried to hook it up but between the two of us it was like the blind leading the blind.

At this time I am only using about 70% of the pumps capabilities and have been scrambling looking for an endocrinologist that accepts medicare. About the same a looking for an honest politician I am finding out.

Well like the military teaches you, what doesn't kill you will make you stronger (I hope).

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