does anyone wear a 'pump'

By blevins Latest Reply 2013-02-07 12:45:55 -0600
Started 2011-08-27 14:49:02 -0500

I have a medtronic insulin pump. Anyone get tired of it like I do? Then I feel guilty because I know the benefits.

10 replies

roshy 2011-09-01 16:27:54 -0500 Report

after seven lonnnnng years of taking needles every four hours i finialy got my pump!! my jaaayyyysssusss!! i love the thing!! its absolutly liberating!! i LOVE it! the idea of the freedom to eat and pump and forget about the night time injection!! and everything that goes with the needles!! when i was first diagnosed and told that i had to take needles for the rest of my life was overwwhelming and very daunting now i feel like inm in control for once and cant imagine ever going back to needles again!

Now in saying all that being attached to a small device can have its disadvantages! esp when it wont clip onto your chothes properly and the thing ends up dangling between your legs in a public place!! and then theres the morning time when you find the thing wrapped around your legs!! but hey, thats life! long live pumps is all i can say!

JDCA2025 2011-08-29 16:25:43 -0500 Report

I pretty much agree with everyone else. Really enjoy the pump. Occasionally I get annoyed with always having something attached to me, but the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.

Caliafiosgram62 2011-08-28 09:06:12 -0500 Report

I have been on the pump since 2003. It's been great - I still tweek it when necessary. Now I'm on the CGM also from minimed and it's been a lifesaver. I don't feel lows any more and this alerts me when I fall below 70. I used to get into the 40s at night and luckily my husband would realize that I felt clammy and get me something to eat. So between both the pump and the CGM I'm right where I need to be.

PANTOUS 2011-09-26 18:44:29 -0500 Report

I got the pump about 4 years ago and love it!! I like you caliafiosgram62 would get low in the middle of the night, went all the way down to 19 one night by myself, but I got to the phone to call 911, and they saved my life. Before I got my pump I would always go low cause I over dosed because I was afarid of getting to high. Now I am so much better hardly any lows. It's a little strange to wear it and get asked oh is that a beeper!! Sometimes I say yes. I just love the fact if I don't want to eat I don't have to. I can go out and not worry oh what time is it have to take a shot, check my blood. I feel it's so much easier to have the pump. So I wish you the best of luck with your pump. They do have different kinds of pumps so maybe look into that.

Mary1969 2011-08-27 22:37:22 -0500 Report

I do LOVE my pump and JUST started the CGM..I also DO get sick and tired of being diabetic like Harlen mentioned. It is time consuming, but think of all the pokes and needles you no longer need. Keep thinking of the "benefits" you mentioned in your post. (they ARE there)

Harlen 2011-08-27 20:29:17 -0500 Report

Had mine for years
Still love it
You muxt ask your self why your tired of it or are you just tired of being a diabetic?
Best wishes

roshy 2011-09-28 10:22:12 -0500 Report

i think they both mean the same thing! when you find yourself tired of being a diabetic maybe its time to make a change in your treatment!!

Theon 2011-08-27 17:46:52 -0500 Report

I also have the pump. I've had it for 8 years. I don't have great benefits, but I have better benefits. It is too time consuming.

Type1Lou 2011-08-27 15:46:11 -0500 Report

I just started on my medtronic pump on August 16. Still tweaking the settings. How long did it take for you to get the right basal rates and carb to insulin ratios? Any tips you can give me will be much appreciated. I'm loving my pump so far and wonder now why I waited so long to go on one.

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