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David's Discussions

FDA to tighten oversight of infusion pumps

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian (bsc) Apr 26, 2010. 1 Reply

Solo insulin pump

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David commented on jimt1cgms's group 'Apidra Users'
"I use 2 1/2. Seems to work for me."
Oct 9, 2012
David replied to tebbemae's discussion 'Basal Testing'
"Read "Pumping Insulin" by John Walsh. There are very specific directions for testing basals in his book. I used his methonds for setting mine when I first got my pump."
Sep 29, 2012
David replied to Katrina Schindler's discussion 'Any T-1's on Victoza??' in the group VICTOZA
"Thanks Richelle. I'm a LADA and my ENDO suggested I try Victoza because of my insulin resistance. I'm on 1.2mg and have reduced my total daily insulin use by about 30%. I'm going to try splitting the dose like you suggest as I'm…"
Jun 11, 2012
David joined twiddlemthumbs's group


For people who use Victoza or would like to learn more about it.Please note: the exchange, sale or giveaway of items between members that require a prescription from a licensed practitioner is not allowed on TuDiabetes.We encourage you to donate supplies to non-profits such as the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association and Insulin for Life.You can also approach your physician's…See More
Jun 11, 2012
David replied to snickers72's discussion 'Highs on 3rd day of infusion set' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"My site does not absorb as well on day 3 as it does on day 1 or 2. So i change site out at 2 1/2 days. I use Apidra, wear my pump close to the skin and don't worry much about cooking the insulin although I don't leave my supplies bag in…"
Jul 14, 2011
David replied to Frances Fletcher's discussion 'Clip for Dex' in the group Dexcom Users
"I tried various cases w/clips and found none of them acceptable for my lifestyle. I now just use the silicon cover that came with Dex and it does good job of keeping it from sliding out of my pants, or shirt pocket. I live near the water and go…"
Jul 12, 2011
David replied to The Diabetic Chef's discussion 'Let's be honest! What's your Pump's name and how did you come up with it?' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"I've named my GPS (Sally), motorcycle (Green Dragon) and Dexcom unit (Dex - I know, how original) but not named by pump. I'll have to think on that one."
Jul 3, 2011
David replied to Jan's discussion 'Inserting the sensor' in the group Dexcom Users
"The transmitter set is built into the inserter, so without disassembling the inserter I see no way of doing it manually. You can push the plunger as slow as you want (if you choose), but fast is painless."
Jun 22, 2011

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Date diagnosed
August 1, 1998
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Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, Diet and Exercise
What pump model do you use, if any?
Animas 2020 w/Apidra

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At 5:41am on September 11, 2009, Bernard said…

Acetaminophen and Dexcom sensors do not agree. Acetaminophen changes interstitial fluid in a way that interferes with the readings. I find that a real value of 100 can be displayed as 300 within 60 minutes of taking acetaminophen. The best thing to do is to move your receiver about 10 feet away for a 3-4 hours. Then bring it closer and see if the readings look more normal. For me it takes about 6 hours before they display normally.

I move it away so my stats don't get screwed up by the highs. I've asked Dexcom support to modify the software so I can flag a set of readings to be ignored for stats purposes. So far they've not done this.

FYI, because of this issue I've only had acetaminophen about 5 times since starting on the Dexcom in March 2007. And I'm allergic to other painkillers. :-(
At 5:29am on September 11, 2009, Manny Hernandez said…
I believe you just sent a question about Dexcom and Acetaminophen. Did you refer to this?
At 1:28pm on March 24, 2009, Tim said…
Hey David,

In your recent post, you asked, "What am I missing"? Just to clarify, my original response was along the lines of "Wow, can't imaging being w/o my meter". Agreed, Animas/LifeScan isn't required to replace the meter. Perhaps an offer of a short-term rental could have helped.

At 7:12am on March 2, 2009, Rebecca said…
Since you are 1.5 w/resistance, can you tell me how much you exercise? That seems like the only thing that REALLY helps and helps me keep my insulin use down, but it really has to be ENOUGH.
At 4:44am on February 14, 2009, Robyn Rawle said…
Hello David....thank you for your comments. They were very helpful.
I use Symlin. What kind of information can I give you?

At 2:39pm on January 22, 2009, Holger Schmeken said…
Hello Dave, that is good news. If the Animays can export the data then we can learn to analyse it. Both files would be interesting for us to see which format is better to import. Would you mind to share one or two weeks of your data with us? If so you can do an upload on the site. Unfortunatly our server had a hardware problem today but I am optimistic that this will be fixed tomorow...
At 5:02am on January 21, 2009, Holger Schmeken said…
Hi David, welcome to TuDiabetes! I have just seen your reply to the Animas VS MiniMed discussion. Is it possible to save the pure data that has been collected with the Animas pump? You have written that the software itself is helpful but I think that some kind of backup functionality will offer more freedom of choice for the processing of your data.
At 9:46pm on December 20, 2008, tracy said…
David - welcome to TuDiabetes - it's great to have you join us.
At 6:20am on December 19, 2008, Carolyn Deans said…
Hi David,

I cannot take my Symlin in advance of eating, as I get very nauseous if I do so. I take the Symlin immediately before eating (or sometimes even after my first bite of food). I might be doing it wrong, though, as I don't have any decrease in insulin requirements. However, it works great for my post-prandial glucose levels. I normally either do a square bolus over 2-3 hours or just wait a couple hours after eating and then do a normal bolus. It seems to work very well for me in that I have almost no rise in my blood sugar after eating. However, I take about the same amount of insulin (just at a later time) and haven't lost any weight. I am taking it just for post-meal high blood sugars, so this works great for me and I absolutely LOVE it. I think most people take it immediately before eating, so you might try that. Do you feel sick when you take it and don't eat? Does it make your blood sugar drop too low? There is another girl on this site who has been taking Symlin a lot longer than me and she may have some additional information about it. Her page is here:
At 1:43am on December 19, 2008, Brigitte said…
hello and welcome to TuDiabetes. It's great you joined the community. Bienvenue.



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