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Emergency Preparedness for the Diabetic Adult/Child

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill D Mar 7, 2012. 7 Replies

Out of curiosity, how much in the way of emergency diabetic supplies do our members have stored? I'm especially curious about how long you can go without any outside assistance, (including a…Continue


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Roark replied to MICHOU's discussion 'Lantus' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"Just a quick point: if they want you to observe the strict "nothing by mouth" protocol, they can start your IV early and add a bolus of glucose directly to it if you start going low. Thats the easy way for them to maintain you. And of…"
Jan 2
Roark replied to Terry's discussion 'Ping pump crack discovered' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"I am not saying this isnt a design flaw, because personally I believe it is, but according to Animas this tends to happen more when the battery cap is over tightened. It takes very little pressure to get a good seal on the o-ring. It only needs to…"
Dec 6, 2014
Roark replied to Courtney's discussion 't:slim user considering switching to Ping - Does the remote bolus ever get old?' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"Remember too you can setup the audio bolus feature if you want. As long as you can reach the pump button you dont need to see the screen to bolus, and the audio feedback tells you how much you are bolusing. No remote needed! :) The other thing is…"
Jan 10, 2014
Roark replied to Ashli's discussion 'Just received my son's pump! Nervous for training day.' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"The book "Pumping Insulin" is a must read as Zoe has said. You should also look at "How To Think Like A Pancreas" since you are new to the diabetes game. Lots of good info there. Honestly, between those two books and the Ping…"
Oct 31, 2013
Roark replied to Amy's discussion 'Pump and aqua therapy' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"Why suspend at all? The pump is waterproof and there are fewer issues with the infusion set when you keep insulin flowing. :). My advice would be to keep on pumping and just go on a reduced basal if you need to! No worries."
Aug 19, 2013
Roark replied to shelby76's discussion 'Awful customer service from Animas rep' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"There is also the possibility that your doc, or someone in their office, just doesnt like Animas. Medical care is highly political and competitive. Sit in a waiting room long enough and you will see all manner of awesomely attractive and expensively…"
Jun 8, 2013
Roark replied to Kendyl's discussion 'ping has crack in it' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"Animas generally is pretty good about replacing pumps, but if the crack is due to overtorqueing the battery cap or reservoir nut, you may be in for a fight. Or maybe a reduced-rate repair. Only one way to find out. :)"
Jun 3, 2013
Roark replied to Chris's discussion 'Animas Ping at high elevations' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"Neat that your basal want back down to pre-summit levels. My experiences are similar in that the pump worked flawlessly, but different in that the basal rates (likely due to a lot more exercise) needed some really major changes downwards. Basal…"
May 30, 2013
Roark replied to Amy's discussion 'Pairing the meter to the new pump' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"Starting on page 178 of the manual it addresses the pairing process. Link to the English version of the Animas PING manual is here: Good luck! :)"
May 22, 2013
Roark replied to Amy's discussion 'Pairing the meter to the new pump' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"Did you tell both the pump and meter to pair with each other? If you only tell one or the other, but not both, it will fail."
May 22, 2013
Roark replied to Amy's discussion 'Pump keeps confirming battery and makes me rewind, etc' in the group Animas Insulin Pump Users
"Carefully check the battery cap. If it is loose, you may see this as the pump reboots and reboots as connection is made and then broken again. If the battery cap is snug, unscrew it an examine it closely. Any missing or corroded parts? Rub a cotton…"
May 20, 2013
Roark commented on Manny Hernandez's group 'Animas Insulin Pump Users'
"@All: I figured I should share this. It may have an impact on others who order their supplies in a 3-month batch. I just tried to place an order with Animas for my next 3 months worth for supplies for the PING (reservoirs, infusion sets, test strips…"
Nov 19, 2012
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Jul 12, 2012
Roark replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'Ayurveda'
"Man... try as I might, I just can't improve on what Chris said above. Oh wait. Yes I can: "Ditto!" :)"
Apr 19, 2012
Roark replied to anagantios's discussion 'What to do about needle phobia?'
"If you're dealing with this level of anxiety after 18 years, then there is something deeply rooted that is driving this. What you describe isn't really a normal response. I find that most folks desensitize themselves and self-program their…"
Apr 19, 2012
Roark replied to Gayle Kodimer Mckenna's discussion 'WILD FLUCTUATIONS BETWEEN HIGHS/LOWS, BUT A1C 6.5. WHAT DAMAGE AM I CAUSING TO MY BODY?'
"Gayle, I'm glad you posted this because I think every one of us parents of a T1 has wondered the same thing. When these kids hit puberty, it's an absolute roller-coaster. One minute they're cruising at 90mg/dL and the next…"
Apr 19, 2012

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My son was diagnosed T-1 in April 2010. We didn't know the signs and were completely blindsided and we nearly lost him to DKA. The good folks at Texas Childrens Hospital patched him up and sent him home a week later. Six months on MDI were a nightmare, but we mastered it. We started on the pump in October 2010. He LOVES his Animas PING! It's made the difference between him being a slave to diabetes, and totally kicking its a$$. He now routinely runs 5.8-6.3 A1C's, eats whatever he wants (within reason, six Twinkies at one sitting are out, diabetic or not!), and he eats pretty much whenever he wants to. If you're a T-1 looking at insulin pump therapy, I'd love to talk with you and share our experience.

As a family, we are now becoming more active in reaching-out to new T-1s. There is such a HUGE gap between diagnosis and acceptance, and we're trying to help fill that gap. If you are a new T-1 who is getting overwhelmed by it all, feel free to contact us. I carry spares for absolutely everything Animas, and our door is always open and the coffee hot at any hour. When the Midnight Monsters start playing on your mind, it never hurts to have someone to call who will understand.

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At 12:13am on March 13, 2012, Danielle said…

I'm sorry! Once I accepted your friend request it deleted what you said and I didn't get a chance to read the whole thing! Would you mind sending me a message again?

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At 11:28am on March 5, 2012, Jacob's mom said…

Jacob's mom said… Hi again, so glad you are all doing well.. i know what you mean about "self management" i have learned more from books and online than from our endo, we are actually switching in may because with the teen years coming up i may need good back up and i want jacob to feel valued and supported by his md we'll see how it goes! funny about diabetec video game bonding! jacob is into showgun 2 and oh some other game i cant think of pretty interactive reminds me of star wars but he is pretty closed mouthed about his D unfortunately, he is shy and not all his friends at school know, kind of a problem but at this point it is his job to fix it, new school next year hoping he will just bolus at the lunch table and let it out casually you son pretty out about his D? i like your engineering mind can do attitude, jacob wants to be a civil engineer, i think he has what it takes..just glad he has goals to strive for..have a good week maybe someday we can get the boys on here for now jacob wants to deal with it and forget it..i get that.. oh, what is your boys name? talk later, amy
also..congrats on reaching out to other D families!

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At 6:43am on March 3, 2012, Jacob's mom said…

Hello Roark, i just wanted to welcome you. this really is a great site for support and information, it sounds like you and your son are type 1? how has your son been coping, 9 months out still pretty new? it is a tough age with the hormones starting my son is 13 and diag 3 years ago. somedays are worse than others but i am proud of him because he is responsible, knowlegable and ussually roles with it the best he can. again welcome, it really is great to share with others because nonD's just don't get the struggles and emotional energy that is involved with caring for a child with diabetes.. best wishes amy

At 4:08pm on January 25, 2011, Doris D said…
If I can help you in anyway just ask me.
Here's a link to help our new member's learn more "About US":
At 9:39pm on January 24, 2011, Robyn said…
Hello and Welcome!
At 3:03am on January 24, 2011, Donna H said…
Welcome to Tudiabetes! Check out some of the groups --- it's a great way to get to know the community.
At 8:04pm on January 23, 2011, Linda G said…
Welcome home Roark.....
Take a peek at some the other groups when you get a chance. Take in some of the blogs/discussions as well.
Hope you find the support and information you came looking for. Here is a useful link to get you on your way:
There are also groups here for parents of children with D., such as....
"Parents of Kids with type 1" and "Kids with Diabetes"
Take care....and keep in touch!



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