Need information about insulin pumps

By smiley02 Latest Reply 2011-03-22 06:21:42 -0500
Started 2011-03-21 12:38:28 -0500

Hello Everyone! I am taking 3 humalog injections by the injections pens. and at nite taking 80 units of Levimir. It was mentioned to me about having an insulin pump but would like to know anyone who has one. If that is attached to your body then you wouldnt get to go swimming or do other activities would you.
If anyone has one or knows about them, I would really like your advice.

5 replies

jayabee52 2011-03-22 06:21:42 -0500 Report

I don't know much about pumps Ethel, not being a pumper myself (I'm a "shooter") mostly what I read on these discussions, and other places on the web. (So I offer this caveat).

You mention swimming specifically I have read where Omnipod pumps allow you to swim. Again, I do not know this from experience, just from reading, but you might want to contact the omnipod people online and ask if that's true.

I have read a long time ago about swimming with a pump. From what I recall, they took the pump off and went swimming. I don't know if it is as simple as that, but recall something like that.

Blessings to you on your search for information on the pump.

Like anything you will find some who say pumps are the greatest things in their diabetic lives. Then there are those who consider pumps to be useless, and every shade of feeling in between. I pray you find what works best for you, Ethel!


Harlen 2011-03-21 21:30:29 -0500 Report

I LOVE my pump it has saved my life and made life a lot better .
You will love it too
Try doing the pump school on the medtronic site its free and will give you some insite into the pump
Best wishes

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2011-03-21 18:49:16 -0500 Report

Im actually going to my endocrinologist on Thursday to talk to her about getting the pump. I know she is probally going to tell me that I need to get my sugars more under control before starting on the pump, but i dont know…well see. Ive heard many goods things about having the pump as well, and people say its literally changed their life (for the good of course) sO, WISH ME LUCK! I know it will take a lot of learning, but Im willing to do what I have to so I can get my diabetes under control and avoid complications if possible.

realsis77 2011-03-21 13:52:15 -0500 Report

Kdoberts said it all! For me I don't mind the injections , the pump is not for everyone. Then you do have the insurance company issue. Its a matter of personal prefrence. If your really interested talk to your doctor and see if you can qualify? Your doctor should have all the information you need to get started. I personally don't want anything attached to my body, but that's just me. Most people that have the pump really do like it! I wish you the very best! Good luck! And God bless!

kdroberts 2011-03-21 13:03:49 -0500 Report

Insurance coverage is a big issue because the pumps are expensive, 5-6 thousand dollars up front and close to a thousand per year running costs for most. Only taking 4 shots a day, if your blood sugar is decently controlled, you may find that your insurance will say a pump is not medically necessary.

That said, there are 2 pumps that you can swim with, or do pretty much any water related activity. The Omnipod is an all in 1 pump and the whole thing is attached to you and waterproof. The OneTouch ping is a more traditional pump but the pump itself is waterproof so you don't need to disconnect it. You just have to watch the temperature of the water with the insulin.

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