Scared to death of the pump.

By JoshSoccer4 Latest Reply 2011-10-14 10:57:43 -0500
Started 2011-08-10 22:29:54 -0500

Everyone keeps pressuring me to get a pump, and everyone loves it. I just don't like the though of having something attached to me 24/7. Especially while sleeping and doing sports! So aggravating, since I think it would be easier with it…

17 replies

roshy 2011-08-13 19:15:33 -0500 Report

im on the spirit combo pump and like the one you are talking about it is controlled by my glucose meter through bluetooth!! i have switched over to the pump only in the past two weeks after being on shots for seven years and i have to say it was the best life style choice i ever made!! i was dx when i was 16 and refused to be put on a pump for the same reason, i did not ike the idea of something being attached to me 24 7!!! however its just like having your phone in your pocket r something!! its amazing how used you get to it!! and there are so many different straps you can buy for them like a sports straps or leg straps !! it really is a joy to just press a button before you eat instead of pulling out your needle and preforming a mini medical procedure at the table!!

with the pump there is very little to be scared of!! aslong as your well educated on how to use it and carb counting can also help! you will adapt very quickly!!

The pump is not for everyone but i have to say!!! I Fxxking love it!!!!

JoshSoccer4 2011-08-12 13:24:45 -0500 Report

Thank you everyone for the great replies! I found a pump called Jewel that is controlled by a smart phone app. Kind of interested in it, so we will see! Really appreciate everyones thoughts and opinions.

ShellyLargent 2011-08-12 10:11:07 -0500 Report

I had an Animas pump for several years and really miss it, but your concerns and fears are justified.

I was very active in sports (city league softball) and working out while on the pump. What I did was, based on what I was going to be doing and for how long, I'd give myself a small bolus and then disconnect from the pump. Sleeping with a pump can be al little tricky at first. But once you get used to it, it really becomes second nature. Being a woman, it was easy for me to tuck the pump into a sports bra while I slept. They also make PJs and other clothing the have special pockets just for insulin pumps. I thought I was doing good with my sugars while on injections until I went on the pump. I typically had an A1c with injections around 6 to 6.5. While on the pump, my A1c dropped to 4.6 to 5. Carb counting can take some time to get used to, but with most food manufacturers putting nutrition facts on their products, it's not as bad as you would think. Calorie King also makes a great pocket guide to carb counting that includes restaurants and any other food item you can think of. They also have an app that you can download to a smart phone or iPhone. Also, some pumps, like Animas, have built in carb counters to help you out.

I would suggest seeing if there is a way that you can get a loaner pump to try for a little bit before making an absolute decision of yes or no. We fear what we don't understand. Don't let your fear of the unknown keep cloud your judgement on such a really big decision.

Type1Lou 2011-08-12 08:14:42 -0500 Report

I am going on the pump after 35+ years with Type 1. I meet with the trainer next Tuesday. I resisted a pump for years because I didn't like the idea of having something stuck to me 24/7. Why am I doing it now? For the last 18 months my control has slipped and I've suffered way too many scary low BG's…two of which landed me in the hospital in the last year. The pump should even out my BG levels and my husband should be able to rest easier not wondering if he'll have to rush me to the ER, even after giving me a glucagon shot. I am worried about how to learn to sleep with it among other things. Most of the feedback here on DC by pump users has been very positive. I'm optimistic!

JDCA2025 2011-08-11 17:30:20 -0500 Report

Speaking as myself for the moment, I personally love the pump. I can understand it's not for everyone, but the main reason I enjoy it is that out of all the options I have tried, I feel it gives me the most control over my diabetes.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2011-08-11 17:00:52 -0500 Report

Josh, if you don't want a pump, then I don't think you should get a pump. That's my opinion. It's not the solution for everyone. And if you don't think the benefits outweigh the drawbacks for you, then stick with injections.

It's really interesting to me that my son actually had his best control when he was on injections before he had his pump. The pump is super convenient, but in some ways it may make things too easy and therefore easy to forget.

Anyway, make sure you speak your mind to your family and your doctor about how you're feeling about the pump. And realize that you can always say that you just don't feel ready. Then the possibility is still out there, but you don't have to feel so pressured.

RAYT721 2011-08-11 17:15:13 -0500 Report

I agree with John. It has to be your decision. Your views on the pros and cons are completely valid and should be respected.

0tina0 2011-08-11 16:13:24 -0500 Report

I don't have a pump and I don't want one either…I am doing perfectly fine without it. The thought of something hanging on me is worse than annoying and I will never get a pump. You will have to be more vigilant in your carb counting but my last A!C was 6.4.

Type1Lou 2011-08-12 08:18:12 -0500 Report

Never say never…you never know what curves your body and diabetes will throw at you. But, congratulations on controlling your diabetes and your good A1c and your vigilance in carb counting. I agree that carbs are the key!

0tina0 2011-08-15 12:20:31 -0500 Report

You are soooooo right. Never say Never…So for the sake of this discussion I will just say…not in my forseeable future!

JoshSoccer4 2011-08-11 08:41:48 -0500 Report

Thank you for both responses so far, I also wanted to ask if it's absolutely necessary to get a pump for me to live a very long life?

jayabee52 2011-08-11 16:17:35 -0500 Report

I don't think it is absolutely necessary. Some type 1s here on this board like richart157 has lived a long life without complications for most of those years and he will be eligible in a couple of years for a 75 years with diabetes medal from Joslin. Many of those years insulin pumps were simply not avaliable. You might want to seek Richard out and befriend him. He might be a real inspiration for you. He's an inspiration to me, and I'm a type 2.

You might also change your mind about the pump after a while. I am not pushing a pump. I don't use any meds, oral OR injectable to control my type 2, just an eating plan. So I have no vested interest in pump/no pump question. But you may eventually get tired of manually managing your BG levels with injections. That would be the time to research if a pump might be best for you at that time.

I suspect that what you think may be pressure to get a pump is an expression of their caring and love for you. I expect they want what is best for you, and they think that a pump is that "best for you" in your situation. All you need say to them
"Thanks for your concern, but I'm just not ready for that yet."

Blessings to you Josh


GabbyPA 2011-08-11 08:28:30 -0500 Report

Many active people are very grateful for the pump. I would imagine if there are fears of it coming loose in activity, other pumpers could give you some advice of what they do. The benefits of using the pump from what I have read, seems to far outweigh the problems.

Here is a discussion on the pros and cons of using one

Here is a link to some reviews on different systems.

George1947 2011-08-11 02:47:18 -0500 Report

I don't have a pump… yet… but don't think of it as a big machine attached to you 24/7, but think of it like a watch or glasses… something that helps you deal with the world and you can take it off when you absolutely have to… Look on the internet for a support group for pumpers and join it to see what it's about and you can ask questions of folks with pumps. It's always good to get as much information as you can before you make a decission like getting or not getting a pump.

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