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Insulin Pumps

My 8 year old son was diagnosed about 15 months ago. I’m very interested in having my son use a pump. His doctors state that they usually don’t consider them until late teens. How can I get them to consider one?

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Our ten year old son’s baseball season will begin soon. Although he has managed games and practices before with fairly good results, this will be his first season as a “pumper.” I am in a bit of a quandary as to where he might wear his pump to protect it from sliding, etc.

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I am in a quandary about how to effectively deal with post-exercise highs in blood glucose readings. What causes precipitous rises in blood glucose readings after exercise? What measures can you suggest, using a pump, to avoid these post-exercise rises in blood glucose?

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At the beach last year, my son invariably went high when I checked him at bedtime, although his numbers were fine during the day. I always put his pump back on for boluses but did not always to make up missed basals. Was this because the pump was on and off during the day? Could it have been sand in the insertion site? What should I do to prevent it this year?

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I am 31 years old, have had type 1 diabetes for six years, and we have an eight week old baby which makes it impossible to have a schedule. I recently had to switch doctors, and while my new doctor has introduced me to the insulin pump. I have several questions.

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I’ve been on an insulin pump for almost two years now, and I am interested in using a numbing cream for when I insert my infusion sets as it tends to sting some. Can you tell me what kind of creams are best? Will l it effect the insulin absorption? Is there a certain main ingredient I should look for and or stay away from?

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I am very interested in the pump and would like to try it out. The only problem is I’ve heard is that they are rather expensive. Could you tell me approximately how much it is and the costs to maintain it?

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Since I started pumping, I have noticed that I have developed a protruding fatty build-up in the areas on my abdomen where I inject the cannula. Is this caused by the insulin in the pump?

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I read about a person from Canada who reports having purchased a used insulin pump from someone who wasn’t using it. I have some questions.

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My daughter’s blood sugars are good for a few days, then we are in the high range again. We tried to get her an insulin pump about eight months ago, but they told me her C-peptide level was too high. What does this mean? Is there another way to get her better medical care?

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