Insulin pump

Cookie Roma
By Cookie Roma Latest Reply 2011-05-02 01:52:35 -0500
Started 2011-04-28 12:59:27 -0500

Who is on the insulin pump? Curious how you all like it. How do you get on it? Do you have to contact the company yourself?

Also, for those on shots. Please give me an idea of the average units you inject before dinner. I know it depends on you bg # and what you are eating. I'm just trying to get a general feel for how I'm doing.

Tags: insulin use

6 replies

Armourer 2011-05-02 01:52:35 -0500 Report

Again I'll post what so many have stated, everybody is different! I take Lantus and inject 55 units in the morning and the same units at night. . . plus 20 units Humalog on a sliding scale and carb count. If I eat a portion of pasta (type doesn't matter) I will need to inject 50 units just for the pasta cause I react terribly to it. I know several friends on the pump. One hasn't learned a thing about diet control and food choices, they just number up the units needed. Another is a "skinny idiot" who loves it! Another threw her pump away after a month.

My insurance won't cover it, and the cost is from $4000-6000 for a pump. Even if I needed one, I couldn't afford it, plus I'm told that the insulin is more expensive. Check it all out before proceeding. Good luck!

keek 2011-04-30 21:48:10 -0500 Report

I have had the Medtronic Minimed Paradigm pump for 16 months, and it has really changed my life. My doctors have been talking about me going on a pump since I was in High School (so about 12 years before I did). I finally decided that I needed to take better charge of my health, and thought that a pump would help me to do that. I told my endocrinologist I was interested and she helped me start the process (I go to the Joslin Center, so there were pump classes and a Pump Coordinator who helped me to pick a device and order it).
Initially, I thought I would go with the OmniPod because it is tubeless, but in the end the Medtronic Minimed turned out to be a better option to me. The tube is not as big of a problem as it might seem.
As far as doses are concerned, I wouldn't worry too much about how much insulin you take as compared to others. Based on your insulin resistance, carb intake, physical activity and a number of other factors your insulin requirements will vary. However, I usually take between 4 and 10 units before dinner. It most often depends on what I'm eating and how hard I have exercised before.

sc1boy 2011-04-28 21:49:40 -0500 Report

I am on a minimed pump and love it. I was told to get one by my doc and they got the ball rolling so to speak so u will need their help with it.

Raybie 2011-04-28 19:09:25 -0500 Report

I asked my Dr about going on the pump but between my stroke and surgeries he doesn't think I'm a good fit with the machine.

I use Lantus. I need to take 110 in the morning and then 80 at night. I also have a sliding scale to use to when I start getting dehydrated. Does that seem like an awful lot to anybody?

jayabee52 2011-04-29 19:31:40 -0500 Report

Everyone is different, Ray. So to try to judge your own condition by what others are injecting is really not useful to you. In fact it may only serve to frustrate you. As long as your dose is keeping your Blood Glucose numbers under control, that's the main thing.

Harlen 2011-04-28 17:11:40 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
I love my pump getting off the shots was the best thing I ever did
The Endo called the comp to get me started
Best wishes

slittle01 2011-04-28 13:26:38 -0500 Report

I have been on the mini-med insulin pump for almost 3 years. I use 200 plus units of insulin a day so my set-ups don't last me as long as they last other people. It holds 300 units so I change it often. I just found the Omni Pod which is a tubeless insulin pump. I started using it a few weeks ago but it only holds 200 units and sometimes it does not last me a full day. I have an appointment on the 30th for my doctor to calculate the U-500 insulin. When I get on that the pod will last longer and I won't have to change it as often. A box of 10 pods cost me $60.00. The mini-med set-ups were a little cheapter but I had to have 2 different setups and be connected to tube and carry the pump around. I don't have to carry the pump that comes with the Omni Pod as long as I am within 2 feet of it when I test my blood or bolus. I will have to give up a few more things in order to pay for the pods but I will find a way to get them. I wish I knew of a place to get them other than Edgepark Medical. I have insurance but it doesn't pay that much and with all my other supplies and medications, this is very expensive. I love that pod and everyone ought to check it out.

kdroberts 2011-04-28 13:05:09 -0500 Report

Before dinner insulin, 3 units average. Although I don't know if finding out how much other people inject will really help you figure out how well you are doing since everyones insulin need is completely different.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-04-28 13:43:22 -0500 Report

Well I inject 28 units levemir(long lasting) per day. Then I inject Novolog before each meal. My equation is this : test—for every 30 points over 100 I need 1 unit. Then for every unit of carbs (or 15 grams carbs per unit) I add 3 units insulin. Then I take my total number and add 5 units.
Example: before a meal my bg is 160 (2 units insulin), My dinner has 45 grams carbs or 3 units carbs. Bg#=2 + 9 + 5 = 16 units
That's how I figure it out. I realized that my example equation resulted in a lower number of units than I normally get. At least for dinner, as my numbers are usually a bit higher than my example.