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Old 09-15-2013, 22:34   #1
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I signed up for this forum years ago and never felt the need to commune with fellow diabetics.

Truth be told I did not have a good feeling about being diabetic. My A1Cs, Blood Sugar readings, and, generally I felt like crap 95% of the time.

I would see my doctors regularly and nothing seemed to get better or at least maintain a level.

A few months ago, I crashed hard. A month before that, I made an appointment with an Endocrinologist that I found off the web. She is in practice with the Endocrinologist who treats my wife for Diabetes Insipidus.

Less than two months after that first appointment with this Endo, I am now wearing a Dexcom CGM and an Animas Pump.

I feel 100% better physically and mentally. Who knew?

So, now I am here.

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Old 09-15-2013, 23:00   #2
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Welcome back, J! Glad you finally decided to come in for real. Lots of good folks with wisdom here and we love to help. Maybe refresh with Blood Sugar 101 It's a great site!

Keep coming back,




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Old 09-15-2013, 23:19   #3
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Glad to have you back, JM. And glad you've been approved for the pump - that should make a big difference in your control. There are so many settings & so many options for bolus - you can cover nearly all bases, especially when used with moderately LCHF WoE.

If you have specific questions, we have pumpers who can help you out while you're learning the ropes.




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Old 09-17-2013, 01:00   #4
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Thank you all.

I have to tell you that the pump is the easiest thing I have ever done since being diagnosed nearly 40 years ago.

The Endocrinologist I have treats in teams, so I have the cell phone number of the nurse (HER title, not mine) who trained me on the pump, if I have any problems, questions, or concerns.

My lows are not so low.

The pump is the most fun thing I have done in a great long while and I am having a blast on it.

Thank you all for your thoughts.

I will be posting here in the future.

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Hi JM, I am pleased to hear you are having good control now, and that you enjoy your pump. The book "Pumping Insulin" by John Walsh is excellent for beginning pumpers. I got my copy on amazon.com. I have been type 1 for 68 years, and have very good diabetes control. I have pumped for 6 years. Ask all the questions you want, there are several pumpers to answer them.

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The pump is the most fun thing I have done in a great long while and I am having a blast on it.
Sounds like you have an iPod for your bloodstream.

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Old 09-22-2013, 02:48   #7
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Thank you for the reommendation of Pumping Insulin. I bought it a couple of weeks ago, but have yet to have the time to read a word.

I am having little problems with my diabetes now. My endocrinologist team and I have concluded that my dangerous lows were the cause of being overdosed on Lantus. My basal dose is almost half my nightly Lantus dose.

The problems I am having are limited to wearing the pump. For example, the tube never really seems to be were it should be. I find this out when it rubs uncomfortably on my stomach. I also do not like the clip that came with the pump, but have yet to find an alternative. Placing the pump in my pants pocket is not an option for me due to my habit of keeping all kinds of crap in my pockets for teaching, instrument repair, and other things.

My sleep is also more sound since I was switched on to the pump. I started to feel better about 2 hours after going live to insulin. I wore it around a while with saline loaded into it.

I have had many, many people tell me the things I am saying here over the years, but never really believed it. I was wrong about that. I should have done this years ago.

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Do you use the Medtronic Minimed pump? If so, there is a Medtronics Store online where you can buy accessories. I have a pouch with a velcro flap at the opening. It has a belt loop on the back. fter putting your belt through the loop the pouch and pump are very secure, and the pump cannot be seen. The tubing comes out the top corner. It is comfortable to wear.

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Old 09-28-2013, 23:40   #9
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I am wearing an Animas Ping. I looked at the Medtronic. I found the Animas to be slightly easier to use. I also liked that the Animas seemed a little heavier than the Medtronic.

I am finding that I am liking the clip that came with the pump more and more. I may keep using it.

Does everyone use the factory supplied clips or have you all gone to something esle?

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