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I am going to proceed in an attempt to get a pump. I would be able to cut down on my insulin usuage because I would no longer need Lantus. I would be able to control some of the problems that I have due to having gastroparesis. I know that I will have a battle on my hands with my insurance company. My A1C's have been good since I began treating again last July and I know that my insurance company will be looking at that. All that can happen is a denial and I can appeal. Wish me luck. :)
 

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Oh good, Breeze . . . this would be terrific. Yes, I know there'll be a battle. You have a truckload of love & prayers coming in from over here!
 

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Thanks Shanny!
 

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Hey Breeze, thats a great idea! You're right and like Shanny agreed you prob will have to battle insurance, and regardless of what your A1C's have been running. Don't know much about insulin but if the day were to come when I needed it, my goal would be to get a pump as soon as I could.
 

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Breeze, Lantus is your basal insulin. You will still need basal while pumping. You need both basal and bolus. You will use only one kind of insulin (Novolog in your case) but it will serve as both basal and bouls. There will be a very slow drip into your body 24 hours per day, never stopping. That is your basal. Then you use carb counting to determine your boluses before eating and push the buyyons to deliver the insulin before meals and snacks. So don't depend on using less insulin. Many people do use less insulin after starting pumping, but only necause they become more strict with their control and reduce their daily carb intake. I am using an average of 34-38 units per day. I am currently eating 150 carbs per day and not gaining weight. How many units (basal and bolus combined) are you using per day?
 

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I am going to proceed in an attempt to get a pump. I would be able to cut down on my insulin usuage because I would no longer need Lantus. I would be able to control some of the problems that I have due to having gastroparesis. I know that I will have a battle on my hands with my insurance company. My A1C's have been good since I began treating again last July and I know that my insurance company will be looking at that. All that can happen is a denial and I can appeal. Wish me luck. :)
I am going to keep my fingers crossed for you! One thing "in your favor" is that you have a lot of lows. That is another consideration for pump use since it usually will even out those lows. So that might work in your favor :) I know that when I started using a pump and made the switch to only using Humalog for both my basal and bolus needs that I am now well controlled using about 60% of the total amount of insulin I was using before. They tell me its because the pump is a more efficient delivery system and that the rate of absorption is so much more consistent with Humalog than with the Lantus. Wishing you lots of luck...all they can do is say no, right?
 

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Hey breeze good luck with that.My dr. is starting me on the pump next week.
 

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Hey breeze good luck with that.My dr. is starting me on the pump next week.
You will love it jeremiahtren. I love mine. Its the best thing I have ever done in regards to my diabetes. If you go to the same doc I go to, they have the *best* education department and I had no trouble learning to use it.

I just noticed you are in San Antonio....me too :) Hot enough for ya this weekend? :p
 

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yeah iam patiently waiting for the sticks to end lol.And yeah,I think you can fry a egg on the sidewalk out here lol.
 

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yeah iam patiently waiting for the sticks to end lol.And yeah,I think you can fry a egg on the sidewalk out here lol.
Yes it was very nice for the for the 5-6 injections a day to go changing my set every 3 days. I go to the Diabetes and Glandular Clinic over in the medical center area.
 

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You should feel much better with a pump. You know gastroparesis wrecks your sugar levels, and sugar levels trigger episodes of gastroparesis. You're kind of stuck in a vicious cycle, is your doctor of the opinion that it is a necessity? If so, that's half the battle. Don't give up with the insurance company, keep fighting for it and eventually someone will listen to you. Good luck!!
 
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