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Insulin Pumps from 2004

  1. Despite following instructions, I always get air bubbles in the cartridges/tubing after loading them in my Deltec pump. Are others experiencing this? (28 Nov 2004)
  2. Would an insulin pump help with nighttime highs with a lower risk of hypoglycemia? When is a child considered a candidate for a pump? (16 Nov 2004)
  3. My son often has unexplainable high blood sugars. The endocrinologist won't let him get a pump until he lowers his A1c. Do you have any suggestions? (30 Oct 2004)
  4. My granddaughter's pump site left a hard spot on her tummy. What should we do? (29 Oct 2004)
  5. How does one go about donating an old insulin pump to someone else? (10 Oct 2004)
  6. What is the standard of care for transitioning responsible pre-teens to a pump? What might be the medical "logic" for insisting on a hospital stay? (29 Sep 2004)
  7. My son will be switching from Humalog to NovoLog in his pump. What are the differences? Will the transition be problem free? (26 Sep 2004)
  8. I used a pump in the past and had a problem with excess tissue in my stomach where I put my sets. If I resume pumping, how can I avoid this? (26 Sep 2004)
  9. I am 26 and have been pumping for five months. My basal rates are increasing and I am high at odd times. Might I becoming insulin resistant? (24 Sep 2004)
  10. After pumping for five years, recently, I have been having problems with my sites due to scar tissue. Is having scar tissue removed the only option? (15 Aug 2004)
  11. My son wears a Deltec pump and wishes to go on a 2.5 hour "tubing adventure." Should he bolus, then take off the pump or leave it on in a pocket? (4 Aug 2004)
  12. My son has had diabetes for 17 months. He wants a pump, but our diabetes team is discouraging us from getting one. Why would they do this? (29 Jul 2004)
  13. I have heard about insulin pumps. Are they available only in the U.S.? Where else can you get one? I am in Northern Ireland. (27 Jul 2004)
  14. I have had diabetes for 41 years, using a pump for four years. I cannot always get the cannula to push through my skin proprerly. Why is this? (26 Jul 2004)
  15. I am going backpacking for the first time since I got my pump. Are there special precautions I should take? Where can I place my canulas? (21 Jul 2004)
  16. I often don't get my daughter's pump supplies for eight to nine weeks after I order them. Is this normal? What can I do about it? (4 Jul 2004)
  17. My 19 month old was just diagnosed a week ago with type 1. At what age would he be eligible for the pump? (30 Jun 2004)
  18. We have been finding blood in my toddler's pump canula both with angled and straight sets. Have you seen this? What do you recommend? (27 Jun 2004)
  19. After two months pumping, I gained weight so I went on a low carb diet. I now have higher blood sugars. Could this be caused by my diet? (18 Jun 2004)
  20. My son's A1c has gone up since he started using a pump six months ago. Is this common? Will his higher A1c have long term effects? (12 Jun 2004)
  21. Can insulin pumps be made available in India? (25 May 2004)
  22. Can low sugars cause the liver glycogen reaction to raise my daughter's sugars high after swimming? She is low, eats and boluses, then is high. (18 May 2004)
  23. Is the one year waiting period to get a pump the norm for most pediatric endocrinologists? What is the benefit of waiting? (14 May 2004)
  24. My toddler has been using a pump for eight months. He is often quite high 30 minutes after meals, but is in range after two hours. Is this normal? (2 May 2004)
  25. I want to ask a recently formed Canadian foundation to help me get a pump. Can you suggest things I should tell them? (30 Apr 2004)
  26. Should we wait until my son's honeymoon is over before getting him on a pump? (20 Apr 2004)
  27. Do children who pump have more lows that those who inject? How do pumpers prevent nighttime lows? (16 Apr 2004)
  28. I have been using an insulin pump since August 2003. I have been losing weight. Is this normal? (29 Mar 2004)
  29. We are going to the beach for vacation. How do we keep sand out of the pump? (29 Mar 2004)
  30. How do teens handle being on a pump? Would a pump cause a huge amount of weight gain? Should I wait until I have better control? (23 Mar 2004)
  31. Is there a link between diabetes and stuttering? Are insulin pumps commonly used or still experimental? (20 Mar 2004)
  32. My son uses a pump and we are going to Florida. Should I try to keep his diabetes supplies cool in the car? How do we keep the pump cool? (15 Mar 2004)
  33. Our doctor wants to put our five year old daughter on a pump, but she doesn't want one. Her A1c was 7.4. Should we get another opinion? (12 Mar 2004)
  34. I am discouraged with infusion sets and higher A1c's. Can shots work as well as a pump? Will I be seen as a failure for resuming shots? (11 Mar 2004)
  35. Do we have to wait for the honeymoon stage to be completely over before we get the pump? (8 Mar 2004)
  36. My blood sugar increases while I drive to work. I can't change my basal rates as I don't have this problem on the weekends. What do you suggest? (8 Mar 2004)
  37. To prevent lipoatrophy, my daughter has been using a NovoLog/steroid mix in her insulin pump for a year. I wanted to update her story. (5 Mar 2004)
  38. My A1c went up after I stopped using my pump. I want to resume, but my doctor and educator will not approve. (28 Feb 2004)
  39. Do you have any suggestions about what he can wear at night so that no buttons are pressed and the infusion set isn't pulled out without realizing it? (9 Feb 2004)
  40. Can you point me to documentation that specifies how many times an insulin pump user should test? (9 Feb 2004)
  41. I'm on an insulin pump. During the week at work, my glucose levels run very high, between 200 and 300. (29 Jan 2004)
  42. I would like to go back on a pump, but my doctor is telling me that I am not a good candidate. What can I do to change their minds? (26 Jan 2004)
  43. My six-year-old son seemed to recover pretty fast from the infection, but his sensitivity to insulin has changed. (25 Jan 2004)
  44. My daughter was diagnosed at six. She also has Down Syndrome. I would like information regarding the use of an insulin pump. (19 Jan 2004)
  45. The doctor up here says he's too young for a pump. I think he needs a pump. Can I demand an insulin pump? (17 Jan 2004)
  46. Do any of you have any experience dealing with this combination of type 1 diabetes, AML, and the pump? (11 Jan 2004)
  47. My daughter forgot to put her pump back on. I quickly tested and she was only 9.3 mmol/L [167 mg/dl]. How could this be? (5 Jan 2004)

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