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From Sioux City, Iowa, USA:

We're hoping to extend our 3 1/2 year old son's honeymoon period. Our son was using BD UltraFineII 5/16th 30 gauge and is on 0.5 unit of NPH. To put less stress on the pancreas, our pediatric endocrinologist switched him to 1 unit of Ultralente once a day. We were told after two days of bouncing sugars that we needed a bigger gauge needle. We are now using a 29 gauge but his readings were bouncing again today. Any suggestions? (Our son was diagnosed 2 1/2 months ago.)


The needle probably has nothing to do with the "bouncing" blood sugars. It sounds like one unit of Ultralente may just be too much insulin: perhaps your son might do better on a lower dose: splitting it into two doses of 0.5 unit each might help -- or going back to the 0.5 unit of NPH if it was working okay.


Original posting 12 Jul 97


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