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Insulin Pumps from 2002

  1. Is all right to inject the insulin from the tubing into a vial of insulin so I can use it later instead of throwing out good insulin? (30 Dec 2002)
  2. I have a really hard time with insertion sites due to scar tissue. (30 Dec 2002)
  3. Can a mobile phone harm an insulin pump if it is put in the same bag or pocket, as it says in the papers for my cell phone? (19 Dec 2002)
  4. I want to put my three year old son on a pump, but his current doctor won't do it until he is 10. (11 Dec 2002)
  5. Are there warning signs of either celiac disease or gastroparesis that I should be aware of? (9 Dec 2002)
  6. My niece wants an insulin pump, but her mother refuses to assist her in obtaining one. (9 Dec 2002)
  7. What kind of pump would handle 945 unit daily intake of insulin? (30 Nov 2002)
  8. Do you think the pump is a good idea? Do you think my son should have a C-peptide done? (25 Nov 2002)
  9. Do you have any tips on keeping the pump (and the insulin) warm while skiing? (24 Nov 2002)
  10. Is it important to change sites every two days? Should we not worry too much when we go three days? (24 Nov 2002)
  11. Is there a waterproof, compact insulin pump that measures your sugar levels while giving you the insulin you need? (18 Nov 2002)
  12. Can people in the UK get insulin pumps? (17 Nov 2002)
  13. I have had breast reconstruction two years ago using the tram flap method, and I would like to begin using a pump. (14 Nov 2002)
  14. I saw a diabetes specialist who wants to put me on a pump, and one of my worst nightmares is to be plugged into a machine. (13 Nov 2002)
  15. I had to discontinue using my pump and go back to using the needle because, when I gave a bolus, it burned very badly. (13 Nov 2002)
  16. Should I push for more basal rates? Was that first endocrinologist correct when he said I am too fat to use a pump? (13 Nov 2002)
  17. My son wants to go on a pump to reduce the number of injections. Is this a good reason to go on a pump? (12 Nov 2002)
  18. It seems to me that there are bubbles forming in the insulin cartridge. Can you please advise on how to get rid of these bubbles? (12 Nov 2002)
  19. How long should we wait between correction boluses the blood sugar level has actually gone up or not gone down at all? (12 Nov 2002)
  20. Have others experienced problems with a new pump model? (6 Nov 2002)
  21. We tried to get my daughter an insulin pump about eight months ago, but they told me her C-peptide level was too high. (4 Nov 2002)
  22. I have been on the insulin pump for almost two years, but my control has not gotten any better. (4 Nov 2002)
  23. Should I put the vial back in the refrigerator after I've filled the pump reservoir or leave it out at room temperature? (28 Oct 2002)
  24. My doctor raised my basal rates almost 100%, but my sugars are now running even higher. (23 Oct 2002)
  25. What are the repercussions for a child to become dependent on a machine? Pumps seem awfully expensive for what they do. (18 Oct 2002)
  26. I am looking for information that would tell me exactly how much insulin my son was getting from the mis-programmed pump. (18 Oct 2002)
  27. Is my daughter a candidate now for the pump? (18 Oct 2002)
  28. Is there any truth to what I heard about Humalog clogging insulin pump tubing? (14 Oct 2002)
  29. Is my son a candidate for pump therapy? Do doctors usually wait until patients are out of the honeymoon to start a pump? (9 Oct 2002)
  30. What is the negative side of using an insulin pump? (8 Oct 2002)
  31. My son's diabetes team wants him to skip meals in order to see if the daytime basal rates are correct. (8 Oct 2002)
  32. Do you have any suggestions on better techniques for using the quick-set, a different infusion set, or another brand of pump? (7 Oct 2002)
  33. My daughter is becoming frustrated trying to avert low blood sugar reactions while doing intense workouts. What do we do? (3 Oct 2002)
  34. Would you recommend this pump? (30 Sep 2002)
  35. I am concerned about using a pump and sexual activity. (25 Sep 2002)
  36. My son uses an insulin pump therapy and has lipoatrophy on his abdomen. How can this be prevented? (19 Sep 2002)
  37. We talked with my son's doctor about the insulin pump, but he didn't recommend it because of the instability in our family life. (19 Sep 2002)
  38. I am on a pump and having problems with my blood sugar. (30 Aug 2002)
  39. My 12 year old daughter just started using a pump, and her blood sugars have gone sky high again after a week. (30 Aug 2002)
  40. My six year old son is on a pump and doing great, but I need to find a new doctor for my son's diabetes care. (22 Aug 2002)
  41. Even though the rest of my diabetes team wants me on a pump, they can't get my doctor to sign for it. (21 Aug 2002)
  42. Can I inject the Humalog from the bottles into the pump? (20 Aug 2002)
  43. If I have a bad A1c level, will my doctor still consider putting me on the pump soon? (19 Aug 2002)
  44. I don't see why I can't have a pump, but my doctor keeps saying "no" because my A1c is too high. Is that right? (19 Aug 2002)
  45. Should I go back to storing filled pump cartridges in the fridge? (6 Aug 2002)
  46. Have you ever discouraged pump therapy because of the honeymoon or needing small amounts of insulin? (31 Jul 2002)
  47. My daughter's insulin pump failed and needed replacement one week after returning from travelling by air. (26 Jul 2002)
  48. Can I do something to reduce the marks left by the pump infusion set? (26 Jul 2002)
  49. My 10 year old daughter's doctor will not prescribe a pump for until we attend a class for a day which we cannot afford. (8 Jul 2002)
  50. Are there any cases in which people have had diabetes only for a short period of time? (6 Jul 2002)
  51. At what age do most pediatric endocrinologists feel comfortable using an insulin pump for a child? (27 Jun 2002)
  52. Are there specific criteria for issuing the insulin pump? Why is the United Kingdom so backward compared to other countries? (21 Jun 2002)
  53. Could you give me more information about insulin pumps? When is right time to consider using one? (19 Jun 2002)
  54. My cousin was taken to the ER in DKA, and the doctor told him it was actually a good thing he hadn't reinserted his pump. Why? (5 Jun 2002)
  55. I was just wondering if medical insurance covers some of the cost of the insulin pump, and if so how much? (4 Jun 2002)
  56. How can I convince my 19 year old daughter to try out a pump? (1 Jun 2002)
  57. I am thinking about going on pump therapy. What are the drawbacks of this method of control? (31 May 2002)
  58. Is pump therapy available in the UK? (23 May 2002)
  59. I went on a pump about a month ago, but I am everywhere except within my target ranges! Please help! (23 May 2002)
  60. Can my daughter drink regular sodas and juice or use sugar as a sweetener for cereals if she counted them in her bolus calculations? (12 May 2002)
  61. Since I started pumping, I have developed a protruding fatty build-up in the areas on my abdomen where I inject the cannula. Is this caused by the insulin in the pump? (7 May 2002)
  62. When I am low, I experience strange dreams, partial paralysis, and a clenched jaw. Is this a seizure? (6 May 2002)
  63. Do you have any suggestions/strategies for combating grazing? (5 May 2002)
  64. I cannot find much information about long and hard workouts and how they affect blood sugars (5 May 2002)
  65. My blood sugar may be great after a run, but then spikes a few hours later. I feel like no matter what I do, I can't get it right. (5 May 2002)
  66. My eight year old son often forgets to bolus. Do you have any helpful hints on how to handle this? (4 May 2002)
  67. My son has been on the pump for 10 months, and his pediatric endocrinologist doesn't seem to be of much help in adjusting the rates. (30 Apr 2002)
  68. Could you please tell me more information about this "pump"? Is it available in the UK? (29 Apr 2002)
  69. Even though my A1c has decreased on the pump, I am having trouble getting my sugars down and with weight gain. (14 Apr 2002)
  70. Do these basal rates seem outrageous for a 12 year old? (13 Apr 2002)
  71. My 39 year old friend has diabetes, and I would like to find our more about the implantable pump that will regulate insulin intake. (12 Apr 2002)
  72. Are there some general guidelines for basals rates during the four weeks of a menstrual cycle? (11 Apr 2002)
  73. Is it possible that the long term use of "animal" insulin has caused problems with the use of "human" insulin? (9 Apr 2002)
  74. Should I be pushing for the pump a little harder, or find a new doctor? (6 Apr 2002)
  75. I'm seeking information about an insulin pump. (6 Apr 2002)
  76. What could be causing the bubbles to be getting in the line? How is it prevented? (2 Apr 2002)
  77. I was considering the pump, but I am worried about physical activity. Is the pump a good idea if I plan on participating in physical activity with friends? (25 Mar 2002)
  78. Could a pump help to regulate my blood sugar levels better? (23 Mar 2002)
  79. Does the soccer league have the right to keep my daughter from wearing her pump while playing? (18 Mar 2002)
  80. Why do people report having more stable results using Novolog in the insulin pump than they do using Humalog? (17 Mar 2002)
  81. How do you know when you need to change carb/insulin ratio and your correction bolus? Do you go by weight? (17 Mar 2002)
  82. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a week ago exactly, but my physician hasn't put me on insulin yet. (15 Mar 2002)
  83. Would it be worthwhile for me to get a pump or would sticking to a pen injection be a safer option? (12 Mar 2002)
  84. I have been on an insulin pump for about two years, and suddenly I am needing twice as much insulin! (9 Mar 2002)
  85. Even though my son's after breakfast blood sugars are in target range most of the time, he has always run higher pre-lunch at school than at home. (17 Feb 2002)
  86. Could you tell me approximately how much a pump is and the costs to maintain it? (12 Feb 2002)
  87. Where can I get more information on the Dana pump other than the company's website? (10 Feb 2002)
  88. I worry about we'll have to give up and return the pump. What we are doing wrong? (10 Feb 2002)
  89. Do I need to get my daughter evaluated for seizures or night terrors? (9 Feb 2002)
  90. Can you explain a little bit more about the pump? Is this a good thing for athletes to be on? (9 Feb 2002)
  91. A person from Canada reports having purchased a used insulin pump from someone who wasn't using it. I have some questions. (31 Jan 2002)
  92. Should I disconnect my pump for the days I plan on participating in water sports and use syringes for insulin? (30 Jan 2002)
  93. I am 17 years old, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a week ago, and I've heard news regarding the use of an insulin pump (23 Jan 2002)
  94. I have a four year old with type 1 diabetes, and I am hopeful something new will be available by the time she is first grade and gone from home most of the day. (21 Jan 2002)
  95. I want to get an insulin pump really badly, but my insurance only covers some of the cost. Is there anything that could help me? (16 Jan 2002)
  96. My 12 year old son is unable to feel lows throughout the night which has resulted in three seizures. Would a pump help with stabilizing his blood sugars? (9 Jan 2002)

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