Insulin pumps

charlenec
By charlenec Latest Reply 2012-01-21 21:36:44 -0600
Started 2012-01-20 16:45:11 -0600

I was wonder if anyone can give me some advice about getting an insulin pump. Is it worth it to try?


5 replies

door331
door331 2012-01-21 16:16:08 -0600 Report

A pump has some good benefits if you are on the move, work odd hours, or just have difficulty controlling your BG at certain times of the day. My advice is to talk with your endo or diabetes specialist - they can usually show you some of the different pumps on the market, explain the changes in your treatment, and help you decide if the pump is the right choice for your situation.

My personal experience has been fairly good so far with my pump. I have some complaints because, lets face it, none of the treatments out there are totally perfect or amazing. I already had good control with my Lantus/Humalog system but I decided to try a pump for the following reasons:

-Ability to adjust my basal rate to get even better control over my fasting BG
-More discrete when at work or in public (although not as much as I had hoped)
-My pump keeps track of my glucose readings and boluses so I do not forget and accidentally take too much.
-The pump does all the math so I can have different carb ratios in the morning and evening and don't have to think about it too much.
-My pump is waterproof because I was concerned about showering/swimming

The downside to this technology is that there are more variables to control, adjust, and tweak to get everything just right. After switching to the pump my A1C actually went up and it has slowly been getting better as I get my numbers all adjusted. Also, an insulin pump will almost certainly be more expensive than your current regimen. Infusion sets or pods will be covered under your medical insurance and therefore require you to meet your deductible.

Don't let that deter you though if you want to try one out. You can always switch back if you decide a pump is not right for you. As I mentioned, your doctors may be able to show you some pumps and even try one out. If you have any specific questions about my experience with the Omnipod (cost, system, etc) send a message my way.

Best of luck to you,
-Eric

Leesa93
Leesa93 2012-01-21 15:19:28 -0600 Report

Absolutely worth it. I've been on my pump for a year and would never go back to daily multiple injections. After getting the pimp my life seemed more normal. No more watching the clock. No more excusing myself when out to dinner. And my attitude about Gavin's diabetes has improved.

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