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Insulin Pumps from 2003

  1. My son is a college student and is on regular and NPH. He wishes for a more flexible mix. (24 Dec 2003)
  2. The CE booklet had a section by Dr. Bruce Bode. In his last paragraph he said, "the best insulin for the pumps is insulin aspart." (15 Dec 2003)
  3. Do you know what the current price is for the insulin pumps in the US market? (9 Dec 2003)
  4. Have you ever heard of people doing the pump and injections? (7 Dec 2003)
  5. For the last week or so, her levels have stayed continuously high (15-20 mmol/l [270-360 mg/dl]) and ketone readings between 0.2 and 1.0. (4 Dec 2003)
  6. I would really appreciate some details on where to get a pump, and how much it would cost. (3 Dec 2003)
  7. I would just like to be able to get a good post prandial number without risking a serious low 3-4 hours later. (30 Nov 2003)
  8. I am frustrated as to why I'm having these highs when I start out in range before dance. (23 Nov 2003)
  9. Is there any other reason that would cause basal insulin requirements to change so much? (11 Nov 2003)
  10. Is it really possible switch off the pump and take injections on occasion? (7 Nov 2003)
  11. My sites have been extremely red and itchy. Could I have an allergy to the plastic tubing? (7 Nov 2003)
  12. I am amazed that there seem to be no head-to-head comparisons of the most popular pump models. Are you aware of any such study? (2 Nov 2003)
  13. A friend's 12 year old son uses a pump. He is allowed to eat whatever he wants and a lot of it from what I see. (2 Nov 2003)
  14. I do not have insurance and would like to know the average or ballpark range for an insulin pump. (31 Oct 2003)
  15. I've been on an insulin pump for almost two years now, and I am interested in using a numbing cream. (26 Oct 2003)
  16. In your view, is the pump update worth the money? (19 Oct 2003)
  17. I have had problems with hyperglycemia after changing the site which suggests to me that there was a problem with the insertion. (16 Oct 2003)
  18. My daughter's insulin pump calculates the "active insulin". Do you have an opinion on relying on this option in the pump? (14 Oct 2003)
  19. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can get a pump that actually works properly? Do I have any recourse? (3 Oct 2003)
  20. How safe and how easy is it to use diluted insulin in the pump? (29 Sep 2003)
  21. Would going on a pump help to minimize them? (22 Sep 2003)
  22. Aside from a correction bolus, how often can we safely bolus? (22 Sep 2003)
  23. Is it possible to start on the pump before the honeymoon stage is over? (18 Sep 2003)
  24. What are your recommendations as to how to research these pumps? How do we compare one to another? (17 Sep 2003)
  25. Any ideas on why many times the correction dose for that high blood sugar is less than the food bolus amount would have been? (16 Sep 2003)
  26. I have several questions about insulin pump therapy. (16 Sep 2003)
  27. I've read it's not a good idea to get a pump for at least six months. Any thoughts? (16 Sep 2003)
  28. Is there any organization that can help me get a pump? (16 Sep 2003)
  29. How often should blood sugars be checked if a child is on a pump? (13 Sep 2003)
  30. I want to know all the possible areas you can put the infusion set. (13 Sep 2003)
  31. Should we get the pump for both our children at the same time? (12 Sep 2003)
  32. What are other people doing to insure their pumps? Is there a special company we should contact? (4 Sep 2003)
  33. I use a pump, and I am having elevated blood sugars after weight lifting class. (3 Sep 2003)
  34. I want to see what the pump looks like with the needle inserted in the stomach. Does it hurt? (20 Aug 2003)
  35. My daughter's infusion set pulls out every time it gets the slightest bit wet. Do you have any suggestions? (9 Aug 2003)
  36. My son, who is a professional river guide, would like to know if a pump will work for him. (1 Aug 2003)
  37. If I get a pump, how does it work for when you exercise? (27 Jul 2003)
  38. Would switching to an insulin pump make my diabetes more manageable? Would it add years to my life? (21 Jul 2003)
  39. How I choose the right insulin pump for my four year old son? (18 Jul 2003)
  40. With the number of kids out there now on pumps what is the "best"? Are they all about the same? (17 Jul 2003)
  41. Have you had a child this young on the pump? How well does the management work? (16 Jul 2003)
  42. Our 12 year old grandson, who is on a pump, wants to visit us. Where can I find the diet/menu/food program I can use? (16 Jul 2003)
  43. At the beach last year, my son invariably went high when I checked him at bedtime, although his numbers were fine during the day. (16 Jul 2003)
  44. Is it possible that I am becoming resistant to the Humalog in my pump? Any other ideas as to what could be happening? (16 Jul 2003)
  45. I am considering pump therapy for my three year old daughter, and I have several questions. (1 Jul 2003)
  46. How do you determine when your child is "ready" for an insulin pump? (29 Jun 2003)
  47. The doctor is recommending a brand of pump, but I am not sure if that is the best choice for my son. (29 Jun 2003)
  48. What advice would you give a parent contemplating a temporary switch back to Lantus with Humalog from a pump? (20 Jun 2003)
  49. Our son is on a pump and last summer (and already this year), we have had trouble with infusion sets falling off. (19 Jun 2003)
  50. My son plans to visit the USA for five to six months, and our health plan does not want to give him enough infusion sets. (19 Jun 2003)
  51. My daughter is going to camp so we have decided that she not use her pump and go on Lantus with Humalog. (18 Jun 2003)
  52. Our son's physician suggested that we dilute the NovoLog in the pump, and I have several questions. (18 Jun 2003)
  53. What age is a good age to start pumping? Should I push the issue? (12 Jun 2003)
  54. I have had an insulin pump for two years now, and I am on my ninth pump of the same brand right now, so it appears they're continually going bad. The company, and they sent me the newest version, but I don't feel very comfortable with it, and I would like to switch brands. Do you know whether or not my insurance company will let me switch brands if I have a "working" pump? (11 Jun 2003)
  55. Are there any plans on ranking pumps like you do meters? (11 Jun 2003)
  56. Is there any harm in changing back and forth from the pump to multiple injections every so often? (8 Jun 2003)
  57. My 15 year old son who is on an insulin pump is completely noncompliant with his diabetes management. (6 Jun 2003)
  58. Frequently an air bubble gets trapped in the "quick disconnect" portion of the infusion set. How can we prevent this? (2 Jun 2003)
  59. If the control is good and the site looks good, can you go any longer than the recommended three days for the site? (31 May 2003)
  60. We are considering switching to Lantus with Humalog instead of the pump for the vacation. Please help. (31 May 2003)
  61. We seem to experience "site failures" at least one out of every five changes. Is this unusual? (30 May 2003)
  62. Do you know of any web site that would tell of any known problems with any of the pumps? (29 May 2003)
  63. What kind of infusion set is recommended for a less than two year old child? (25 May 2003)
  64. Can you use a pump at night and disconnect during the day except to bolus for meals? (22 May 2003)
  65. Is an inpatient stay normally required to convert to the pump? (17 May 2003)
  66. Have there been any studies on the benefits of NovoLog as opposed to Humalog in pumps? (16 May 2003)
  67. I'm looking for some guidance and direction. I but am wanting to compare/select between Humalog and NovoLog for pump use. (12 May 2003)
  68. Pump supplies are so expensive that it's difficult to pay for them. What are the risks involved with re-using them? (10 May 2003)
  69. I currently take two insulin injections per day and would really like to consider trying a pump. (7 May 2003)
  70. I am a teacher of an adolescent girl who uses an insulin pump, and I am concerned about she eats. (30 Apr 2003)
  71. We are considering changing to pump therapy for our three and a half year old. Is it realistic to expect better control she has currently? (28 Apr 2003)
  72. A friend's 18 month old son wears his insulin pump in a backpack type carrier and some nurses have expressed concern. (22 Apr 2003)
  73. My husband is a mechanic, and we were wondering if a pump will get in the way or get broken. (22 Apr 2003)
  74. My 25 year old daughter went on the insulin pump a week ago and is having really high readings. (22 Apr 2003)
  75. How long will it be before my daughter is able to start using an insulin pump? What are some indications she would be ready? (16 Apr 2003)
  76. Would it be advisable to have my two and a half year old son on the pump to get better control of his blood sugar? (15 Apr 2003)
  77. I am baffled by my son's high sugars between 12:00 midnight and 2:00 am. Can you help? (14 Apr 2003)
  78. I tried giving my son's Lantus in the morning, but by the next morning, his was high. Now, I'm trying it in the evening and he has been low. (13 Apr 2003)
  79. An article on CWD mentions that the insulin is absorbed through the skin via a patch. Is this an alternate method of insulin delivery? (12 Apr 2003)
  80. About eight hours after inserting my infusion set, I noticed a red oval ring forming around the site. (10 Apr 2003)
  81. Do you have travel guidelines for traveling with an insulin pump? (3 Apr 2003)
  82. I have been told that only Velosulin and NovoLog have been approved by the FDA for use in pumps. Is this true? (3 Apr 2003)
  83. What pump do you recommend for a child less than five years old? (29 Mar 2003)
  84. Why would the insulin crystallize in the pump? (29 Mar 2003)
  85. I want information about sex and diabetes, but I was too embarrassed to ask my doctor. Does the pump get in the way? (27 Mar 2003)
  86. We are going to be traveling to a time zone that is five hours behind where we live and want some guidance on adjusting basal rates. (24 Mar 2003)
  87. I want to slim down a little bit before basketball season, and I am interested in a pump, but my doctor said I would probably gain weight. (23 Mar 2003)
  88. Is it really uncommon to have to have such a high dose of insulin in the morning compared to other times of the day? What causes this? (22 Mar 2003)
  89. I am a professional modern dancer and still struggle with finding the proper balance of exercise, carbs, and disconnecting my pump. (22 Mar 2003)
  90. Would a pump be a good idea? Do you think my three year old daughter would be a good candidate? (20 Mar 2003)
  91. Is there anything else we can use/do to help alleviate these bump/scar-tissue like areas? (20 Mar 2003)
  92. Would it be more cost-effective for insurance companies to provide their child clients with insulin pumps versus more traditional therapies? (18 Mar 2003)
  93. Is there another explanation for these "dents"? (17 Mar 2003)
  94. Are you familiar with using U-50-NovoLog in a pump? If so, are you aware of any problems that may have surfaced? (16 Mar 2003)
  95. What is an appropriate length of time between the diagnosis of diabetes and the initiation of pump therapy? (15 Mar 2003)
  96. Is there anything safe to do about the weight gain? Am I doing something wrong? (13 Mar 2003)
  97. Just how long does it take the entire body to completely recover from just 40 episodes of hypoglycemia in a 30 day span? (12 Mar 2003)
  98. How long has the C-peptide test been around? Should my doctor have ordered this test before now? (12 Mar 2003)
  99. Is there a "rule of thumb" for adjusting insulin when using a pump? (11 Mar 2003)
  100. Why are insulin pump manufacturers allowed to use refurbished pumps to satisfy warranty requirements? (10 Mar 2003)
  101. My daughter started the insulin pump with 20% diluted insulin, and about a week later, she developed tiny little bumps. (10 Mar 2003)
  102. What is a good rule to follow in terms of setting temporary basal rates for periods of intense exercise? (4 Mar 2003)
  103. Does anyone have any experience with the Cozmo pump? (3 Mar 2003)
  104. Do you think it would be okay for my daughter to go to school with a brand new insulin pump? (24 Feb 2003)
  105. Are creams, such as ElaMax, effective? What is your opinion of the inserters? (19 Feb 2003)
  106. Is it true that when basal rates are set correctly, only one bolus rate should exist? Even if the basal is set correctly, can more than one bolus rate exist? (19 Feb 2003)
  107. Does the pump allow my grandson to eat things he should not by its ability to compensate with a bolus? (18 Feb 2003)
  108. Wouldn't the specialist be more up to date and helpful? (16 Feb 2003)
  109. How much it is for me to buy an insulin pump? (4 Feb 2003)
  110. Should I go off the pump? (3 Feb 2003)
  111. Is there any rule of thumb that I may use to help me with the high fat or protein meals? (28 Jan 2003)
  112. Do many endocrinologists recommend the pump for such a young child? Would pumping keep her blood sugars in better control? (28 Jan 2003)
  113. Do you feel that this pump regimen would work for me? If so, does Medicaid cover it? (22 Jan 2003)
  114. What is the difference between insulin pump and insulin injections? Why am I using insulin injections instead of the pump? (21 Jan 2003)
  115. Do you think I should talk to my daughter's doctor about a pump? (4 Jan 2003)

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