Insulin Pump

By Manny50 Latest Reply 2008-12-07 18:52:16 -0600
Started 2008-11-06 14:07:36 -0600

My sugars are very high and low and I have been regulating them according to a sliding scale according to my doctor.I would like to know the basics of using a pump. I have had days as low as 55 and as high as 450 during the same day.

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Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-07 18:52:16 -0600 Report

When I was first diagnosed, I was a professional studio musician. Needless to say, eating "on schedule" with long-acting insulins was VERY difficult. I went for a couple of years that way (sugars way out of control). Then I went to multiple shots of regular insulin. A little better, but not much. Then one of the first pumps was made available… the Abbott Laboratories "Eulgy". About the size of a small paperback book. Better still.

I had been on the MiniMed pump for almost the past 15 years. It was GREAT! It's an excellent pump and MiniMed is a great company. The pump delivers a regulated amount of insulin constantly. You can have several different rates programmed for one 24 hour period (i.e., if your sugar runs higher in the afternoon than in the morning, your afternoon rate would automatically increase). Then, you program in bolus insulin when you eat (based on the amount of carbs you eat). It's a great system!

Recently however, I switched to the "Cozmore" pump. It actually has features that allow for much tighter control.

If you are considering a pump, talk to your doctor and check with your insurance. Pumps are VERY expensive.

Also, you can compare pumps at the following website (you can also click on the various manufacturers names to get more detailed info on each pump):

momoftype1 2008-11-11 22:19:27 -0600 Report

I can speak as a parent of a child on the pump, and only for about 3 months. Once you understand how the pump works the rest is easy. If you try the the websites for the pumps they have a wealth of info- we did a lot of research and an online pumpclass at their website. I can tell you that it definately helps with control issues for the highs and lows, and it was the best move we could make for our daughter.

Get your endo and diabetic educator involved so you can make an educated decision.

Good luck

Dorkabetic 2008-11-11 20:59:58 -0600 Report

Hi Manny!

It's a lot for me to discuss here, as I've been on a pump for 8 years now, but I'd recommend if you're interested in learning the basics of pumping, check out the resources over at the Children with Diabetes page. I know you're not a child, but there's a wealth of Type 1 info. I'd suggest starting with the "Pumps vs Shots" page first:

Copy and paste that. Heck, I've been pumping for years and I still learned something when I read that page. :)