What about insulin pumps?

By mustangpeg Latest Reply 2011-08-12 09:21:03 -0500
Started 2011-08-11 22:53:27 -0500

My Dr. is trying to get me an insulin pump,waiting ins. approval. I am type 1 and readings are sometimes at 350. My A!C is 13 last time so she thinks this will give me better control and says it will make things easier for me. I am still on the edge about this. Does anyone know how they work? How do they know when you need a shot or do they? How often do you have to fill them? Has anyone that has one had good experience with them?
Would appreciate your comments.

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juliekim 2011-08-12 09:21:03 -0500 Report

I have been on a pump for about seven years. I love it, two years ago I added the continous glucous monitor sensor. I change the pump infusion set once every three days. I was doing four shots a day, so in three days that is 12 shots and with the pump it is only one in tree days. My controll has gotten better with the sensor - I change that every 5 days.
Mine is though Medtronic and they are very helpfull. Good Luck! E-mail me if you have ant questions.

Type1Lou 2011-08-12 08:34:16 -0500 Report

Dear Peg,
I am meeting with the Medtronic pump rep next Tuesday to start using one after 35+ years as a Type 1. I resisted using one for years but now feel it's my best alternative for regaining control and avoiding those scary low BG's. I too had many questions. The Medtronics website had wonderful on-line tutorials that explained a lot of the details, both about diabetes and about how the pump works. I would encourage you to check out their site (www.medtronicdiabetes.com) Also, if you contact them, I'm sure they would send you info.

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