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Pumps when they work they work great; when they don't, they'll do us in
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bettyskierspencer posted:
How many of us type 1s have the same stories. I've had such difficulties on Minimed Paradigm pumps the last eight years. When they worked they were great. When they didn't work I was always fighting high blood sugars. I'm thin and athletic. The cannulas just weren't right for me. My last Ha1C on the pump was 7.7. It hasn't been that high since before the pump. As of a month ago, I switched doctors. The new doctor has me back on shots (WHICH I HATE). He has me on humalog, nph and lantus. Just trying to get the amounts correct, I've had two really bad reactions in the last two weeks. Last night my boyfriend had to give me a glucagon shot to bring me out of it. Oh, God. I've had type 1 for 35 years. How I've managed to survive this long I don't know. I've tried to not let it change me. I still continue to cross-country ski, downhill ski, exercise, (I use to run), walk just to fight the complications. I've been pretty successful with fitness. But it's going to kill me early...one low too many and I know I'm out of here. I'm searching the Internet for something, just something to help. No doctor ever mentioned the Sure-T infusion set with a needle instead of a cannula. I'm going to try that. If I can get the insulin in to me using an insulin pump perhaps I can get my Ha1Cs down. I need a group hug with all of you. Thanks for listening
Betty
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mrscora01 responded:
Hi Betty. I can't believe your doc has you on Nph along with other insulins. You need a new doc! Minimed will send you samples of all sorts of different cannulas. I liked the quick sets, but I know some folks swore by the silhouette that went in at a 45 degree angle (good for slimmer people as it doesn't require the depth). Did you try the shorter cannulas.

If your looking for a larger pumping community, try diabetesdaily.com. There are a ton of T1s there.

I hope things work out well for you. Hugs for you.

Cora
 
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bionic09 responded:
Betty, i agree with Cora. Mimimed will send you samples of any infusion sets youd like. Explain your problem to them. Also, i suggest using skin tak to keep the tape/adhesive on your skin longer. Good luck


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