insulin pump

By angel0219 Latest Reply 2011-09-02 11:41:34 -0500
Started 2011-08-31 06:45:41 -0500

Is anyone on a insulin pump and how do you feel about it?

9 replies

ShellyLargent 2011-08-31 13:39:42 -0500 Report

I had an older Animas pump (IR 1250) a few years ago… Lost my health insurance, and so in turn, I lost my pump. I miss it. It was the best thing I could have done for my diabetes. No more dramatic highs and lows like I have with injections. My A1C's were never over 5 while I was on the pump… My neuropathy pain in my feet and legs went almost completely away and I tended to do better with my diabetes care while I was on the pump. I'm back on multiple injections of insulin a day and I hate it. I get tired of feeling like a human pin cushion… I have horrible bruises on my stomach and lower abdoman, and those areas are always sore, but I do what I have to do! I'm trying to get back on an insulin pump, but it's hard fighting with my new insurance company. They think that only Type 1's need a pump… Guess I'm going to have to bribe my endo into a new diagnosis! ;P

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the diabetic camper 2011-08-31 14:04:13 -0500 Report

How did you lose the pump? The insurance company took it back or something? You can buy used ones real cheap on ebay.

ShellyLargent 2011-09-01 10:58:49 -0500 Report

No, I still have the pump, but without insurance, we couldn't afford the supplies for it anymore. Infusion sets were like $400 a box and the cartridge sets were almost $300 a box. I needed 2 boxes of each per month. We were also living in California at the time and insulin costs in Cali without insurance was $300/bottle. I needed 2 to 3 bottles a month. Plus I was on several heart medications at the time to the tune of almost $600 a month. It was impossible to keep me on the pump. I was also unemployed. The money just wasn't there.

Richknowbody 2011-08-31 09:10:00 -0500 Report

Another thing I have just discovered about the Animas pump is: I can test my blood with the one touch ping, and lets say it is at 200, I can do a BG correction injection, and it will calculate how much insulin I have in my system and subtract this from my bolus correction.

Type1Lou 2011-09-01 10:32:41 -0500 Report

My Medtronic Minimed Revel pump does that too if you use the bolus wizard option.

Richknowbody 2011-09-01 11:19:27 -0500 Report

I am loving the pump. Sorry to hear it is so expensive. I just adjusted my insurance, and so was able to afford the Dexcom and the Animas pump.

Richknowbody 2011-08-31 09:08:28 -0500 Report

I started on the Animas pump in the beginning of Aug. So far so good. My blood sugar average is 129 now. I also have the Dexcom continuous sugar monitor. Love looking at the monitor and seeing if I am high or low and being able to correct it. With the pump I can make very small corrections with out having to use a needle.

Type1Lou 2011-08-31 08:25:56 -0500 Report

I just started on my Medtronics Paradigm insulin pump on August 16. We are still in the tweaking stages and have adjusted the basal once and carb to insulin ratio once. I still need to do more adjusting but I have been impressed with the Medtronic rep's support. I am optimistic that the pump will help me gain better control of my Type 1 and wonder now why I waited so long to go on it. My biggest fear had been sleeping with it…turns out not to be a problem. I've sewn little pockets in my nightgowns to hold the pump while sleeping. I've been testing 8 to 10 times a day to gather the data needed to better fine-tune the settings for my metabolism and look forward to not having to test as often…maybe back to four times a day like when I was on Lantus and Novolog. It's a powerful gizmo!

roshy 2011-09-02 11:41:34 -0500 Report

i have had my pump now for just over a month after being on injections for 7 years. When i was 16 the idea of a pump was not intising however i would never give up my pump for anything now!! i feel completely liberated !! i live in Ireland and not many young people are using pumps but more and more are jumping on the bandwagon! I love everything about it!

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