How better is an insulin pump

By Hayn79 Latest Reply 2014-10-11 04:10:29 -0500
Started 2011-07-29 19:06:40 -0500

I'm deciding if changing to an insulin pump better then a pen. Also I need to be water proof through the whole day and no tubes I don't want to feel restricted.

9 replies

Hayn79 2014-10-11 04:10:29 -0500 Report

Well I on the Omni pod and it absolutely helps out a lot. Still have to check my BS same everyday but that don't bother me. I've been a diabetic for about 20 years now.I love this new system.

clb2014 2014-10-10 18:32:43 -0500 Report

My cousin became T2 about 30 yrs before me. She got a pump maybe 5 years ago. I think it did help her control BS. Unfortunately, about 6 weeks ago, she got a septic infection (very serious) as a result of the pump. She is getting her pump removed and getting lap band surgery.

keek 2011-07-30 23:39:34 -0500 Report

I LOVE my pump. I was very hesitant to use on at first. In fact, my endo has been suggesting one since 1997. It took 12 years but I finally got on board. I was always really afraid of infection ad didn't like the idea of tubing. When I learned about the Omnipod (not tube) I called up my doc and went to a informational session on all the available pumps. After seeing all the options I decided to go with the Medtronic, which has a tube. However, it works fro me. I am really happy with my decision. My A1C is much better than when I was using the pens. Also, if you ever want to us a CGM, the pump makes it a little easier.

ladymagnolia1963 2011-08-03 15:02:10 -0500 Report

I LOVE my pump also! Which is a Medtronic MiniMed. This one also has tubing. At first the tubing bothered me, so I got the thin medical wide tape and used it to keep the tube from moving all over.
We lost our insurance and now it sits in my drawer. I miss it! I did go to the website for the OmniPod and signed up for the information and DVD. That way once we get medical insurance I could possibly get the OmniPod and not worry about taping down the tube :-).
I agree with you about the A1C being better and the best part is the delivery system of your insulin! You get the perfect amount and your BS stays at an almost even keel. I say almost-because we all tend to over eat things not good for us, which really raises our sugars :-). I also like that fact of an alarm going off if your sugar gets to low! Great features. Second plus is 1 pump injection every 3 days VS 6-12 shots in the same time period! For me it's "Hold The Shots Please." :-).

realsis77 2011-07-30 13:24:08 -0500 Report

Hi. An endo is a doctor who specializes in diabetes. I personally am staying with my shots for now. Just the idea of tubbing hooked up to me makes me uncomfortable! However most all people who have the pump love it! But its just not for me. The thought of being connected to my stomache scares me! I'm a big I'm just going to continue with the old fashioned I said earlier most everyone who has it loves it! Its a personal decision.

Harlen 2011-07-29 19:16:01 -0500 Report

I love my pump and its 10 times better then the shot.
Try one from your Endo they have them for you tro try.
Best wishes

Hayn79 2011-07-30 00:05:55 -0500 Report

What is an endo

jayabee52 2011-07-30 13:29:49 -0500 Report

Endo. is short for Endocrinolgist, a Dr who specializes in conditions involving the glandular (endocrine) system. Generally speaking there are 2 sub specialties in endochrinology, those who focus on the pancreas and Diabetes, and those who focus on the Thyroid and thyroid conditions such as high or low thyroid problems.