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Insulin Pumps

Are you aware of problems with the Animas insulin pump or software problems (system failure, alarm failures, waterproof failure, etc)?

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I am sixteen, have had diabetes for approximately two and a half years, and I went on a pump about three weeks ago. About how long does it take to work out basal rates and bolus rates?

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I am the first patient my primary care physician has put on the pump. He and I have an on-going argument about testing. He feels that I should be testing only 4 times a day and wants to write the scripts for that. It seems to me that I should be testing at least 6 times a day. Can you point me to documentation that specifies how many times an insulin pump user should test?

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My teen daughter is a competitive swimmer. She disconnects her pump for swimming, but has lows halfway through practices. She treats the lows and boluses, but is still very high afterwards. Can low sugars cause the liver glycogen reaction to raise her sugars as high as they are going?

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Since I started using the pump, I have gained about 20 pounds and am very depressed about it. I obsess about being fatter and hate it event though my blood sugars are remarkable! Is there anything safe to do about the weight gain? Am I doing something wrong?

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I feel that my less than two year old’s body is too small to support the weight of a pump. Is it possible for her to use an insulin pump at night and then disconnect it during the day except to bolus for meals?

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Our 12 year old son has been pumping saline for a few weeks. The doctor wants him to have an overnight stay in the hospital when he starts pumping insulin. 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?

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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?

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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?

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Why aren’t insulin pump supplies, sets, reservoirs, inserters available at pharmacies?

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