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Insulin Pumps

Pump therapy is just becoming available in Australia and I am keen for my six year old daughter, diagnosed four years ago, to go on the pump. Do you have any statistics on death rates associated with children who are on pumps? Do children who suffer from lipohypertrophy have a reduced or increased incidence at the cannula site?

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Your response to the woman who was taking her child to the chiropractor was rather closed-minded. I know that my quality of living has been drastically improved by receiving Chiropractic and Medical care at the same time.

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My 12 year old grandson has had type 1 diabetes for three years. His food, insulin, and exercise are controlled, and he does not cheat on sugar intake. However, in the last six month, his blood sugars can swing from very high to very low in a four to six hour period. What could cause this?

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I don’t mind taking shots having done it for 28 years, and I recently tried the insulin pump. After two weeks, I found that it was not for me. I could not get past the fact that I had to keep this thing in me at all times. Now I am in conflict as to whether or not I made the correct decision. Any advice?

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I am a 15 year old who has been on a pump for about a year and a half and is some red spots from some of my infusion sets. They don’t hurt, but are eye sores. Is there a way to make them go away? Is it okay to put another infusion set in the same place?

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What is the role of the counselor on the medical team for insulin pump patients?

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My 14 year old son, who has had type 1 diabetes for five years and has been on an insulin pump for two years, will be playing football. How can he play football and still use the pump? Will he have to go back to injections during the football season, since it is a rough sport and his infusion set will probably be knocked off daily? Maybe he could wear the pump at night (insert it after practice is over) and take injections during the day?

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I am an active 47 year old who has been insulin dependent for the past 30 years. I’ve been on the pump for just over a year, and I am absolutely ecstatic with the results. I utilize about six infusion sites on my abdomen which seem to work very well. I am able to leave a set in on average for roughly five days without any irritation, discomfort or other adverse effect(s). Do you feel that this is an adequate rotation which will prevent future complications down the road?

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Is there any type of blood sugar comparison list I could look at that compares the blood sugars and H1Cs of several real diabetics, some on the pump, some not?

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When my 20 year old son was told he would have to go on insulin, his doctor told us my son would be an excellent candidate for an insulin pump. Is any financial aid to patients who could better control their diabetes with an insulin pump?

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