Shots VS Pump

By 0tina0 Latest Reply 2012-03-08 07:12:55 -0600
Started 2011-03-12 22:04:46 -0600

I have never started a discussion before but I am so curious about this subject I hope ya'll don't mind… I have been on other boards where pumpers get down right nasty about those of us that CHOSE not to. I have been called narrow minded and one lady just called me plain stupid and ignorant. WOW, it got a little ugly… It isn't as bad here for sure…but I still notice a little bias when the subject is brought up. I really don't want a pump. I was an RN for many years…worked in the ER and saw many many pump malfunctions and insulin dumping; it scared the crap out of me and that was way before I was a diabetic. I know that was before some of these new pumps were designed and I know it is so much better now. But I actually have mini panic attacks thinking about going on a pump. Fact is I have great control usually, if I do what I am supposed to.

So… My question is: Do you try to convince people to change to a pump? and if yes why? If someone like me explains their reasons for injecting, do you back off and understand… or … do you continue to make your point?

107 replies

Type1Lou 2012-03-07 10:12:34 -0600 Report

I have been a Type 1 for 36+years and did not go on the pump until last August. I never liked the idea of being connected to something 24/7 and was probably not motivated enough at that point to make good use of a pump. I fully understand and agree that it is an individual choice and some of your concerns are indeed well-founded. I considered the pump only after the MDI I had been following no longer worked well for me. I started having too many scary morning lows. Those also scared the dickens out of my husband. I decided to give the pump a try and haven't regretted it. In fact, I'm now kicking myself for having waited so long to use one. If the MDI works for you and you're happy with it, keep on keeping on! I am very pleased with the pump and would encourage anyone to use it IF they are sufficiently motivated. I would never belittle anyone if they decided pumping was not for them.

0tina0 2012-03-07 23:14:58 -0600 Report

I have re-read all of these posts from last year…and I am so glad we still are discussing this! I really love it when the pump is working for people…the nurse in me logically thinks it is the best choice. but the person is stubborn and since I am still OK i'm gonna put it off a while…Thank you so much for telliing me your story!! Tina

TX gal
TX gal 2011-03-24 22:21:43 -0500 Report

I'm kinda new at posting stuff. I've been a pumper for over 10 yrs. It was the best decision I've made! I am a 47 yr veteran of T1, and for the longest time resisted changing to the pump. I was introduced to the pump in the late '80's and was not at all interested - simply because it was HUGE - from the waiste to mid-thigh. I dismissed it totally. I woke up near my 40th birthday (drs told my parents when I was diagnosed I would be 'lucky' to make it to 40. (no one ever told me - I just had a feeling - which my parents confirmed near my 45 yr of LIVING with diabetes)) Anyway - I thot to myself - since I was very much alive - I needed to do something for me. So I again investigated. The pump was smaller than my cell phone, I carried with me! My A1c went from 14 down to 8.8 in the first 3 months! (most of my life I had no idea what an A1c was!) My life has improved so much with the flexibility and just 'feeling better'! I work sometimes 50 hrs a week. On those weeks, I have very unusual eating habits - the pump allows me to maintain much better control than multiple injections.

No one can make the decision for you - and its good to explore options. For me - things improved so much- I have to share the good news! Like any health management decision, YOU have to deal with it. No one else lives in your skin!
Otina - I liked the story of the gal with the db husband… I've had your reaction to lots of people who were try to 'help' when I wasn't needing any! Some folk just like to get up into everybody's business!! - It's frustrating AND funny!! Keep laughing!!

0tina0 2011-03-24 23:55:14 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for your response…I have only been diabetic for a little over 2 years. My first A1C was 6.4 and my last one was 6.1 so I don't have any problems with control. I very seldom go above 200 unless I have done something I know will raise my BG. So for me I don't think I need a pump to give me better control. But I am really glad it is so good for so many people…we all need to have every option available.

Flustrated 2011-03-24 09:43:06 -0500 Report

Now I'm really confused. You must have to really know the amount of carbs to put in your pump. Does the pump help determine carbs count . What would be the newest pump and easiest one to use. Ah-h-h-h-h-h can it drop so fast and no one around can help you? That scares me.

Type1Lou 2012-03-08 07:12:55 -0600 Report

The pump demands a good deal of individual input if it is to work efficiently. I must calculate the carbs in what I will eat and I input the amount into my pump. My pump then calculates the amount of insulin I will need based on the settings tailored to MY carb to insulin ratio for the time of day. (The ratios can vary by time of day) So, carb-counting skills must be acquired to make good use of the pump. There are many guides out there that can help. Also, if I plan to exercise, I can set a temporary basal rate before and during the exercise to prevent my BG from dropping too low as a result of the exercise. I use a Medtronics Minimed Paradigm Revel pump and am very happy with it.

spizale143 2011-03-24 00:25:47 -0500 Report

It's really a "personal" choice. I didn't want to be hooked up to a machine. Just the thought of it freaked me out. But, I was so brittle that my doc who himself was a diabetic assured me with some fine tuning (which took a while to get the best doses for me) I'd feel better and have tighter control. He was right. I definitely had fewer lows(I'd was giving my self too much insulin when I was on shots). But the most important thing the pump makes you more accountable for your diabetes. I still can eat whatever, I just put a carb count to it.

joelwilliams 2011-03-16 09:00:51 -0500 Report

I wear an insulin pump after yrs of taking shots and for me it works. I recently switched from a minimed to an omnipod and I enjoy it much more no more tubes to get caught on anything. It is a personal choice to determine if it is something you would like to use or not. Some doctors offices have pumps you can borrow to see if you would like to wear one or not, usually not with insulin in them just to see if you would like to wear one. Omnipod will send you a sample pod to wear for a trial you can just request one from their website. If you are happy taking shots stick with it, do whatever is best for you. I love my pump but when I first started wearing it I took it off for months at a time because it bothered me, now I wouldn't trade it for the world. If cost is a factor my omnipod is a cheaper start-up cost but supplies cost about the same for most of them.

0tina0 2011-03-16 10:44:02 -0500 Report

I have super insurance and they would pay for it in a heartbeat…I just simply don't want to… I think more than anything else I am a total control freak… I feel *justified or not* that I am in control when I have the pens and take the shots. It even took me a while to change to the pens from the syringes…LOL because I could do the measuring. I am just a strange person and happy with life at this moment! Thank you so much for replying, I just love the people here!

spizale143 2011-03-24 00:33:17 -0500 Report

Just remember once you inject your dose there is no turning back. Where if you had a pump and after you tell it ok to deliver the insulin you can stop the delivery by suspending. Also the pump let's you know how much active insulin is currently in you to avoid lows.

misssarah 2011-03-15 14:24:14 -0500 Report

Hi all, I am a PUMPER..It's a wonderful thing to be able to eat not so "SPOT ON" as I did when I was using needles…My life has become so much more free/flexible since I began wearing the pump. I have to run now, but will be happy to answer any Q's when Im back..PEACE!

0tina0 2011-03-16 10:45:08 -0500 Report

I am really happy you are in such a good place…it is great to read about what other people are doing!

dietcherry 2011-03-15 09:51:27 -0500 Report

Good discussion! I have always taken shots but I am curious about the pump and think of it as the final frontier of management. However, the idea of having it attached to me is a little disconcerting. But I was diagnosed 30 years ago and am quite used to needles, to say the least! If I actually had the opportunity to have one, Id probably acclimate readily and never look back!
I dont know anyone in "real life" who has one; the discrimination Ive received is from non-diabetics who think Im crazy for continuing to take shots when the pump has been available for some time! haha :)

spizale143 2011-03-24 00:38:45 -0500 Report

Dietcherry, I put my pump in my bra. It makes me feel like a normal person. I'm short waisted and the pump would dig into my ribs when I leaned over. People who don't know I'm diabetic always look on my sides wondering where's your pump!

baritone57 2011-03-24 00:57:24 -0500 Report

Hello dietcherry I'm kinda in the same boat. My sugar levels are not being control by me I currently have to take 60 of humlog before breakfast, 60 before lunch, 60 before dinner and 100 of lantus before bed. Being at home and sometimes sleeping late or sometime I can't sleep and won't go 48 hrs before I sleep leaves me with odd times of injecting. I teach on Monday nights so I usually end up buying dinner before class and then eating again when I get home. So having a pump would help in injecting at times of need. I have notice when I work on projects around my home and sweat alot this does help my blood readings but have two back disks in my back limits much of my activities. Once I have a history then I can see an endo doctor so if you think that a pump is what you need then go for it, I have sleep apnea and thought I could not get use to using a cpap but I have same thing for you and a pump.

dietcherry 2011-03-24 09:25:44 -0500 Report

Hey baritone! Sounds as if you would be a good candidate for a pump! If you get one, please let us know how its working for you! :)

Vanilla Jean
Vanilla Jean 2011-03-24 00:55:33 -0500 Report

Hi , Dietcherry, Jean here. I have often wondered how the pump works? Do they attatch it to your side as they do when they put in an IV drip? I do not have good control of my A1c for now; because of stress. Would you recommend I use the pump, and will it help me to bring down my A1c? I am tired of shooting myself, I have so many black and blue marks, until some people think I am being abused.

dietcherry 2011-03-24 09:29:40 -0500 Report

Hey Jean! I have never had a pump so I couldnt advise you; however, there are several people here that use one and would be happy to share their experience with it. Will a "pumper" please answer Jeans questions?

cograndma 2011-03-17 13:50:03 -0500 Report

I think that pumps are great for those that need to be really closely monitored, like someone who is a britle diabetic, for example. Most of us do not need to be that closely monitored, so I think using a pump should be your choice and you should discuss it with your doc.
My daughter had a friend that used a pump and they went on a trip to france with a group from the school. The friend and some others snuck out and went drinking…the friend just thought she could misbehave and the insulin would be a fixall…of course she was only 16. My daughter told her that more insulin does not solve all indiscressions…

0tina0 2011-03-16 10:31:56 -0500 Report

Ya know some of the people that annoy me so much are not diabetics either. It is so funny. One girl I have known since she was a baby has a diabetic husband and he has a pump… he loves it so she made it her mission to try to 'convert' me. I listened and told her I was really doing well but thanked her… she got kinda pissy and told me "Well when you are ready to listen…Call Me". I died laughing and left her standing there! I still laugh when I think about it!

dietcherry 2011-03-16 10:44:16 -0500 Report

Im glad Im not the only one who has experienced this! LOL Thanks for my first laugh of the day! I just love the look on the non-D's faces when I tell them Im perfectly okay taking shots! They have such a hard time swallowing it and their eyes kinda glaze over! hahaha :)

jayabee52 2011-03-15 14:04:04 -0500 Report

They don't have to manage DM, Renee, you do. If you weren't managing it at all then you would be open to criticism, but HOW you manage DM is up to you. Your personal choice!

dietcherry 2011-03-16 10:53:07 -0500 Report

Hey James! It was meant to be funny! Please dont be offended on my behalf; they are well-meaning but until they walk a day in my shoes, they never have the right to criticize me! :)

cograndma 2011-03-17 13:52:52 -0500 Report

Very true!!! As long as you manage DM. I have a friend that does not manage her DM and she thinks that is OK…My other friend and I have always tried to support her and change her mind. She has Hep C as well and is not in too good shape right now. she was once told she wold be dead by feb. 2011, and we are glad she is still here…

dietcherry 2011-03-17 17:10:48 -0500 Report

Please encourage her to join us here! Im glad she has friends that know the crucial difference between support and criticism!

Saintsboy 2011-03-15 07:40:41 -0500 Report

I'm on the pump and it works for me. Everybody is different, and it's your choice if you want the pump or not. I understand where you're coming from, and I respect that.

Armourer 2011-03-14 20:14:48 -0500 Report

I'm borderline with going to a pump. One friend's teenage son uses it but has never learned to control what he eats, he just increases the amount of insulin. Another friend became so frustrated with it that she threw it in the trash after two months because she had better control without it. For me, my insurance won't cover it so I can't afford the switch no matter what. Others I have known love the pump.

0tina0 2011-03-14 20:57:50 -0500 Report

Thank you for responding…I have found that people either LOVE or HATE the pump…not many inbetweens!

amturc 2011-03-14 11:08:14 -0500 Report

I'm on the Omni Pod. What I like about it is that it's remote control and I don't have to use a tube - I fill it, put it on my leg, stomach, or hips and it's there for three days. I travel a lot with groups of people and it's easier than dealing with shots. What I don't like about it is that sometimes it fails for no good reason - and the company does not replace the pods for occlusions or if you've had it on for a day or two - so I'm awaiting every shipment being down to my last pod. The pods are suppose to be getting smaller very soon - which will make them easier to hide under clothes.
I think for a guy - they may not want to carry around the PDM which is a large kit (it includes the tester), but having a pocketbook - it's easy for women.
Having back up pens/vials is always necessary in case of failure - make sure you get prescriptions in case you have to revert back to the shots while dealing with failures.
With the pens - you have to shoot in 1 unit increments, with the pumps, you can do 1 - 10th of a unit, etc… for more accurate intake.

polbear188 2011-03-14 11:03:32 -0500 Report

I have had type I diabetes for 22 years. I took 2 shots a day for the first 18 years, then I became a part of an investigational study on inhaled insulin. I absolutley loved the insulin inhaler. I would take 1 shot of long acting insulin a day and inhale for every meal and/or snack. That lasted for 2 years. when the study was over, my doctor would not subscribe me NPH and Regular anymore and said "that was the old way of prescribing insulin" and instead prescribed me Lantus and Humalog with atleast 4 daily injections. All the while, she was also pushing me to get a pump instead.

My A1C's were best when I was using the inhaler and then progressively worsened when I went back to shots (even with the 4 vs 2 per day).

I finally broke down and got a pump a year ago (last Feb) figuring I could begin feeling as good as I had when I was on the inhaler. What a joke!!! My A1C's are not any better, actually worse. Carb counting doesn't work for me as I seem to need a different carb to insulin ratio everyday depending on how many hours I slept, what day in my 28 day cycle it is, when I worked out last, etc… Most diabetics I've talked to say this can all be controlled and you can still find a good ratio, but I'm frustrated and it doesn't work for me; just want to feel good again!! The needles were better for me.

Also, due to the pump, I have trouble finding comfortable clothes to wear, whether it's just a pair of dress pants for work or a dress for a night out with my husband. I don't care what anyone says, strapping the pump to my leg is not comfortable!! I'm sick of the tube that I seem to get stuck on everything (my dog has even gotten his poor paws twisted in it). Everytime I roll over while sleeping, I wake up, either because I roll on top of the pump or the tube gets twisted around me. No matter what I do, it's always there and in the way! Not to mention, I get huges red spots at the insertion site for days and sometimes weeks after I remove it! I can't sleep on my stomach anymore because the insertion sites hurt and when I put it in my legs, my absorbtion rate is much lower and I need to double to triple my daily does and therefore, only get 1-2 days out of the site. And, you know how insurance companies are about covering extra supplies, it's impossible!

Vanilla Jean
Vanilla Jean 2011-03-24 20:59:49 -0500 Report

I want to thank all of you for your advise for and against the pump. This gives me food for thought. I have a doctor's appointment next month, your answers will cause me to ask more questions; before I make my decision to keep shooting myself with the syringes three times a day or get the pump. I take Humalog 2 times a day and Lantus 1 time before bed. My abdomen is very sore; but it is the quickest way for the insuline to absorb. Also thank you polbear188, I heard about the inhalation of insulin; but didnot know anyone that tried it. I think I'll ask my doctor about that 2. LOL everyone have a great evening. God Bless you.

0tina0 2011-03-16 10:38:02 -0500 Report

I re-read this and I was a nurse for a long time and never knew too much about the inhaled insulin…but what I had heard back then was it was really good. I just don't understand why they didn't continue…maybe they could make it too cheap and the drug companies didn't like it. LOL

dirtdigger7 2011-03-14 17:30:12 -0500 Report

I felt the same way. I am also rather klutzy, and would manage to rip the site out of my stomach when I would walk around corners, or get into the car. My glucose readings were not very bad before I went on the pump, so I never saw any great improvement in them, and thus no real benefit to the pump. Its true that I was no longer having to inject multiple times a day, but to me the needle with the pump was so much more painful that I never wanted to replace it, and found myself going without insulin just because of that. I soon realized that the pump was not a good and wonderful thing for me.

I had endocrinologists push me to go on one initially, and I caved into getting one when I went away to college. This worked okay for being on my own for the first time, but the longer I dealt with the pump, the more I hated it. I think everyone should try a pump if they want to, but if they do not have a desire to for whatever the reason, no one should force them into it. I believe in educating yourself about the pros and the cons for everything, and making whatever decision is right for you at the time. Others should be supportive of that, and most people are.

brea3226 2011-03-13 22:13:47 -0500 Report

I believe it is a personal choice. I have been type 1 for 40 years and have seen diabetes research come along way. I use a pump but am a very brittle diabetic; but still believe its personal for everyone what ever way you have to be comfortable with your medical decisions

sc1boy 2011-03-13 19:25:49 -0500 Report

I have been a diabetic, type 1, for over 30 years and I was a shot user for 33 years and I just got the pump in Nov. of 2009 and I have done very well with it. If they ask I would try to convice them it is a good way to go but if they are doing well with the way they are then I do not try to change them.

My A1c was at a 12 before I started the pump and mow it is at a 8 so I have done very well with it and it does work for some people and not so well for others. I you are happy with the way you are controlling your bgs then by all means stick with it. Good luck.

0tina0 2011-03-13 20:49:13 -0500 Report

Thank you for your reply! You are the reason I like it here…every one is so compassionate and caring.

Type1Lou 2011-03-13 18:26:35 -0500 Report

I have been taking multiple shots of insulin (4 to 5) per day with pretty good results. I have received no pressure from my doctors about going on the pump. In fact, my endocrinologist has been working with me to get my A1c back below 7…I've slipped in control over the last 12 months and need to tighten up the carb intake and balance the insulin units accordingly. Right now, if I can get back under control with the multiple shots, I would prefer to stay off the pump. I would be delighted with a 6.1 A1c!

cograndma 2011-03-17 14:00:42 -0500 Report

my last A1c was 6.9 so I would love to be below 6 if possible… we just need to keep plugging away… I take byetta before breakfast, dinner ( 10 units) My doc just added the 5 units before lunch to see if I can not have my eating binges between lunch and dinner (bigger span of time than between breakfast and lunch)..hopefully this will work. the main problem is that I work weird hours in retail, so my shots are not consistant…ie same time of day…AHHHHH!!

0tina0 2011-03-13 20:52:18 -0500 Report

Thanks…I really appreciate the people here! I try really hard to maintain my BG's, because I have so many other things that could make me ill…and I really need to be here for my boys and grandkids.

realsis77 2011-03-13 16:40:04 -0500 Report

Hi! I've heard many stories of people who are on the pump and just love it! I think its a matter of personal choice and whatever the person feels suits there lifestyle. I personally take shots. I don't feel the pump is for me. I don't mind the shots at all! I think this is an extremely personal choice. If the person feels the pump best suits there needs then I think it will work out best for them. If the person is like us and dosent mind the injections well then for us injections are probably the way to go. I think we should all respect each others own opnions and understand we all have our own reasons and expirences that influence our choices! There is no right or wrong here. Its all about what suits our own lifestyle! So pump or shots? Its all just a personal choice. We should always respect each others opnions weather we agree or not.for me the injections fit better into my lifestyle and I would not choose the pump. But the pump might fit better into someones elses life better than mine. Its all just choice.

0tina0 2011-03-13 17:45:17 -0500 Report

I don't mind shots either…I had a hysto and a C section so I have no feeling at all in my lower stomach!

dietcherry 2011-03-15 09:28:44 -0500 Report

Otina I was diabetic for almost 20 years before I could work up the nerve to stick myself in my stomach! haha Since then, its been my favorite area to use! The nerve endings are far enough apart that I hardly ever experience pain. But I do hate how its thickened my skin there and makes me look like Im bloated-does that happen to you?

cograndma 2011-03-17 14:01:58 -0500 Report

you need to rotate where you shoot. sometimes use the thigh or the upper arms. this should give the stomach a rest and be better…

dietcherry 2011-03-17 16:41:31 -0500 Report

Hi cograndma! By "favorite" I dont mean "only". I also use my arms, thighs, and posterior. But because Ive been taking shots since 1980, and multiple shots a day for the last 15 years, I have developed thick skin in all these locations. Im also slim so it is even more pronounced. Rotating only helps so much, unfortunately! :)

0tina0 2011-03-17 21:33:50 -0500 Report

I have never and I do mean EVER given my self a shot in the thigh or arm. Just the thought of it makes me queasy…LOL. I have plenty of stomach on which to rotate the spots.

0tina0 2011-03-16 10:50:08 -0500 Report

Well I havent started getting the thickness yet because I have only been diabetic since October of 2008 and I'm 55 so if I am lucky enough to live that long maybe it will not upset me but be something I can be proud of … LOL Yea! I made it I have Thick stomach skin! I don't know I kinda doubt it…I'm sort of vain…
Seriously tho…I just love your attitude…

dietcherry 2011-03-16 11:19:41 -0500 Report

LOLOLOLOL Okay you just gave me my 2nd laugh of the day! Im going to use your idea and tell people Im really okay taking shots and I have the thick stomach skin to prove it! ;)

WendyFR 2011-03-13 08:04:27 -0500 Report

I am a pump owner for now 2 years. I don't convince people to change, but if they ask me how I like it, I tell them what I like aout it. I also tell them how the pump has changed my life and what advantages it has given me. But everyone is different and if it scares you and gives you little panic attacks, then that's your choice to change. If I am a sales person, then it maybe a different answer, but I'm not. You do what is comfortable for you and what works for you.

0tina0 2011-03-13 11:04:48 -0500 Report

Thank you for your reply. I do understand that the pump works well for many people. I am really happy for those of you it does help because God knows we all need something positive in our lives!!

Yogirajj 2011-03-13 06:44:14 -0500 Report

Honestly, I think many diabetics for get that, just because we share the same disease, not all of us are the same!! Personally, I write about, and talk about diabetic technology all the time on my blog, and I make it very clear that it is MY personal preference; then I always try to give examples why a particular device has helped me. It is not my job to make every single diabetic on the planet get a pump (not to mention the fact that not every insurance will pay for a pump!!).

I have been pumping now since about October of 2010, and if I can help it, I would NEVER go back to shots, except for an emergency. Not only do I get better control, but I now take much less insulin using a pump (this is a great advantage, since we all know insulin is a fat storing hormone.

Daily injections and finger sticking can become a mental thing after I while. Some times I get diabetic burnout quite frankly. However, using the pump has sugnificantly reduced the amount of injections dramatically. Some complain about the preperation time, however, if you add up the 2-3 minutes (shot preperation), 4-5 x daily (shot frequecy), it actually takes less time to refill a pump.

I was resistant to getting a pump myself at first. But I've always been a techie kinda guy, in addition, the mental wear and tear of daily injections was starting to get to me. Since I know that technology is the future wave of diabetes care, why not?

I also use a CGM, it does not completely eliminate the need for finger sticks, but it does make it easier when taking walks, or out to dinnner with my friends.

Just remember, technology is NOT the enemy.

If you would like to read my blog article on pumping click below:



cograndma 2011-03-17 14:05:27 -0500 Report

I will never go back to testing my fingers…you should test your forearm…wonderful and you cannot feel it…it is great!!!!!

Yogirajj 2011-03-17 17:18:01 -0500 Report


Yes they're are great, however, forearms are only safe to test AFTER two hours of a meal. Other than that, finger sticks are unfortunately the most accurate technically.

peggyjean47 2011-03-16 09:52:31 -0500 Report

hi ,i am new to this site, i just joined to day, i am a type 2 diabetic, and i have always wanted to try the pump ,but have been scared to because i was told you need to have good control of blood glucose levels, and i do not have good control all the time,and i have had many complications,from the bad control,i also have P.A.D. and coranary atrery disease. can i get better control with the pump ? if it can help me get better control i would love to try it, i don't mind the shots but i take 7 shots a day, i am on humalog,lantus and now the symalin pen.

sc1boy 2011-03-16 22:27:30 -0500 Report

I got the pump in 2009 around thanksgiving and have had it everysince and have not really had that many bad bgs. I have had some but it is because of the sites on the most part. It has helped me for the fact that I had 5 keto episodes and since I got the pump I have not had one so I think it has helped me out tremedously. I use a paradigm pump from medtronics and they are great in helping. I even went in a like once and messed up the pump but got a new one at no charge so it was a God send.

Yogirajj 2011-03-16 12:48:37 -0500 Report

Salutations PeggyJean,

I'm sorry but, the person who gave you that information is abslolutely INCORRECT!!! Anyone can benefit from using a pump, whether you have good control or not. Pumps have many different features that allow you to have maximum control of your blood sugars, especially during spontanious activities, and foods containing a lot of fat and proten.

However, one thing I should tell you is that, once you start on the pump, you have to be serious in using the pump, and make sure you understand everying your pump traniner tells you. Because if your not serious with managing your blood sugars, and they are always high due to a lack of care, it can cause your infusion sites to take longer to heal.

jayabee52 2011-03-16 14:04:11 -0500 Report

I have read in another discussion that a MD (I think) told another poster there that only after she got her BG#s under control would she be taught to count carbs and maybe given a pump

cograndma 2011-03-17 14:09:39 -0500 Report

OMG is that stupid…get the sugars under control and then i will teach you to count carbs…THAT IS ABSOLUTELY BACKWARDS!!! you have to count carbs to get things under control. I am under the firm conviction that most primary docs don't know what to do with their diabetic patients. They should immediately send them to a neutritionist and endocrinologist…a newly diagnosed pt needs to be taught to manage their disease and how the disease process works…
OK now i will get off my soap box…

Yogirajj 2011-03-17 06:19:29 -0500 Report

Are you Sh**ing me? That doctor needs to be FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!! No wonder so many people have died from diabetes, it's the freak'n doctors who are still practicing as though we are currently in a prehistoric age!!! This kind of stupidity drives me crazy to no end…

peggyjean47 2011-03-16 13:55:53 -0500 Report

thank you yogi, and i plan on reading your blogs also, and yes i want to get control of my sugers long term, i don't have highs much anymore, but i have a lot of lows, my dr has finaly put me on a sliding scale,i am hoping it works better, and i really want to try the pump,and i want all the information i can learn about the pump so i will be able to better understand when i start to use it and so i will better understand a pump trainer

Yogirajj 2011-03-16 16:17:51 -0500 Report

No problem Peggy,

In the beginning stages, make sure that you pay close attention to your basal rates, just for the first couple of weeks. When I started pumping, I was surprised to see I was taking significantly less insulin. So if you take Levemir/Lantus (which is formulated very differently from fast acting insulin) DO NOT use the same figures for injecting, they will most likely not be the same. So let's say you use levemir 20 units a day, in your pump (Novolog/Apidra), use like .100/per. hour, which is about less than 4 units a day, then work your way up if needed.. My endo made that mistake of telling my pump trainer to give me too much.

Your going to really enjoy your new pump. I promise you.. It's beautiful not having to stick yourself so many times a day.

0tina0 2011-03-16 10:39:57 -0500 Report

HI Peggy! Wow you take a lot of shots for a Type 2. Everyone here is awesome! You will enjoy your time here and learn alot! Thank you for responding!

peggyjean47 2011-03-16 13:49:04 -0500 Report

thank you , and the reason i take so many is that i take symalin shots also 3 times a day 30 mins before meals than take humalog with meals and lantus once a day, and yes i am hoping to learn more and make friends

jayabee52 2011-03-16 10:04:19 -0500 Report

well peggyjean, welcome to DC!

I pray you will be able to find a "home" here among us and you are blessed by your being here


peggyjean47 2011-03-16 10:09:49 -0500 Report

thank you james i hope so to,i have read a lot of discussions and like what i have read, everyone is open and honest

0tina0 2011-03-13 11:09:45 -0500 Report

Thanks Yogi! I will read your blogs. I really don't fear new Technology. I am just an old nurse with bad memories. I am also OCD (medicated) and somehow feel if I inject I have total control. I do have great control… I am really open to what works for others. I had to laugh at your "technology is not the enemy" statement. My 16 yr old grand son said that to me recently about my new cell phone. I am still having trouble with that!

jayabee52 2011-03-13 17:22:46 -0500 Report

If you're in good control, why are they trying to push the pump?

0tina0 2011-03-13 17:43:51 -0500 Report

Well…I just don't know. I told them my A1C at that time was 6.1, which I thought was awesome… seems to some of those people that if it isn't in the low 5's it isn't in control.

cograndma 2011-03-17 14:13:34 -0500 Report

6.1 is great. when I was diagnosed they were saying that great was 7.0…in the last 15 years they have changed their minds

roshy 2012-03-07 09:56:40 -0600 Report

hahaha!! i spent at least 3 years with mine above 14!!! i dont know how the hell i managed!!

roshy 2012-03-07 12:48:43 -0600 Report

im a fighter james . . . . . . and the most important thing is i learned my lesson!!!

roshy 2011-03-14 15:07:33 -0500 Report

esp. type 1!!! your a complete rock star!!

I have to say needles have not been my friend over the past 7 years!

My endo applied for a pump recently and i feel like when i eventualy get it it will fel like winning the lotto. its not that i have a fear of needles, they just dont come naturally into my daily routine. i either forget it or run out of *mm needles or i cant find the bloody thing!! thats just my personality!!

My control has been completely disasterous and im al ready having trouble with my eyes and feet!! i suffered a massive dka last year and i thought that would wake me up sadly im still playing a dangerous game

the pump to me is another shot at starting again with my diabteic control (sorry about the pun!!). I feel like it will suit me and my needs and really cant wait to start pumping!

then theres my dad whose been a type 1 for over 50 years and was given a pump by the HSE ( the Irish goverment health service) and is sooo reluctant to change over. He fears that he will suffer more lows and feel restraint by the device!! also needles is all he ever really knows so why fix something thats not broken??

So heres to both pumpers and shooters!!

best of luck to all of ya's!!

roshy 2012-03-06 06:42:25 -0600 Report

im just after reading this comment i posted this time last year and my how things have changed!
i now have my pump and things are fantastic! my a1c is within target range and i love my pump with every inch of me!! unlike the needles it is my best friend and i cant imagine living wihout it!! i could never go back to a life of injections, the pump has completely liberated my sense of freedom and independance!! and the best aspect of all this is now i feel like im finially in control!!! i never thought id ever say that about my diabetes, but there you have it!!!

0tina0 2012-03-07 23:07:40 -0600 Report

I am super happy to hear this!! I'm still injecting…A1C is 6 and I feel great. I think the basic lesson here is to have an open mind…and do what works for you. I wish I had more time to be here…I love reading these posts and hanging out. But I don't know if it's my age…or my job and helping raise grand kids…but I just don't have a lot of time! Lurking all the time…love you guys!! Tina

0tina0 2011-03-14 21:06:20 -0500 Report

Thanks! I agree and i will drink…water or diet soda to "Heres to both Pumpers and Shooters!!"