Insulin pump

Kinn D.
By Kinn D. Latest Reply 2015-02-20 22:37:48 -0600
Started 2011-06-28 11:35:20 -0500

I have been on two different insulin pumps before. I love them, but I had some issues. I went into using the pump rough. My blood was out of control and I wasn't healing very well. Every time I changes sites, it would become infected shortly after. Now I have focused all my energy into getting my BG under control, and feel it may turn out better if i try the pump again. The problem this time is we'd have to buy a completely new one, and our finances arn't as ideal as they were last time. My insurance deductable has risen quite a bit. I have a minimed paradime model that they don't make any more. They have the supplies for it, but I have to admit that the thing needs help. It has scratches chips of plastic missing, and probably needs a bunch more maintenance work. What do you think? With a sketchy history and iffy finances, should I go ahead and get a new pump?

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Beach Betty
Beach Betty 2015-02-20 19:46:53 -0600 Report

I'm finding it may be near impossible for me to pay for my supplies even with insurance. I have a high deductible as well. Someone suggested I ask medtronics for financial aid? I don't have an answer for you Kinn. I'm sorry. Someone also suggest state funded Medicaid…I don't know how all that works either. Geeee…I'm no help am I. I can pray for you and hope that an answer will come your way.

Harlen 2011-06-28 18:08:23 -0500 Report

You mite check out the Ping they always are taking old pumps and giving a big price brake ??
Best wishes

the diabetic camper
the diabetic camper 2011-06-28 12:36:49 -0500 Report

Kinn, I would just use the current pump you have. I am on the Animas IR1200 which they stopped making a few years ago, but I don't want to have to shell out all sorts of money just for the latest and greatest when the one I have works. I just recently thew away my old Minimed 507c which I used as another backup to my backup pump. My recent pump is the omnipod which I can't use during the summer because it is basically non-compatible with sweat. So for the summer months I use my Animas and durring the winter I use my omnipod. If the pump is sound on the software I would say use it. You already control yourself well without and now you can do even better on the pump. That is my 2 cents but I am just another diabetic not a doctor.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-28 16:07:12 -0500 Report

This site has been funny of late, it won't let me see what I type after about 8 lines. why don't you just use your Animas all year long?

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-28 16:05:04 -0500 Report

Well, I learn something new every time I come here, even when I am just curious. My next step is the insulin pump and I am so glad to know in advance that there are some that are not compatible with sweat. During the summer I go through about 8-10 T shirts a day if I want to be nice to those around me, and 5 or so, if I just want to be nice to mysellf!

correctionsnurse1 2015-02-20 22:37:48 -0600 Report

Jim…As a pump user that does not sweat, but had issues with the infusion set staying in place after showers, I spoke with Medtronic and the representative sent me a free , yes FREE box of 50 Skin Preps to try and I love them! Also, I find the Minimed Quick-Set stays in place much better than the Mio. Hope this helps :-)

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