To pump or not to pump?

By BrookeLauren Latest Reply 2012-03-26 15:39:28 -0500
Started 2012-03-19 22:32:25 -0500

I was diagnosed November 9th 2011. So it's only been a little over 4 months but I'm already tired of injections. I'm really considering getting the pump but I'm nervous because it's a big change and the only girl I know in my school who has T1 diabetes told me that getting the pump was the worst thing to ever happen to her. I really need some advice here on what you guys have experienced with the pump. Thanks!

6 replies

Eric_S 2012-03-26 14:57:42 -0500 Report


I was diagnosed with type 1 when I was 15 years old and have used syringes and the pen. Though I didn't mind either of those, I now have to say that the pump was the best decision I ever made. I like to tell people it's the closest I can get to not being diabetic. Sure, it takes a bit to get used to and there are some frustrations along the way. But it's no more frustrating than having to worry about bringing enough syringes with you or remember extra cartridges if you use the pen. Everyone has to make the choice that's best for them. I will tell you, though, everyone I've recommended it to has the same response after starting pump treatment, "why did I wait so long to do this?"

Good Luck!

BrookeLauren 2012-03-26 15:39:28 -0500 Report

Eric, thank you so much for your response. I really do think I'm going to try this whole pump thing out. I mean there's nothing to lose, right? :)

BrookeLauren 2012-03-20 20:10:44 -0500 Report

My friend didn't like it because she said it hurt when the insulin was going into her and she didn't like being attached to something. However I think that being attached to something is a trade off I wouldn't mind if it meant that I wouldn't have to do so many injections. Thanks for all of your imput, it really is helping me! Have you had any bad experiences with the pump?

Type1Lou 2012-03-20 18:56:54 -0500 Report

Dear Brooke,
I started using a pump last August after I'd dealt with Type 1 diabetes for 35 years. Now I'm sorry I waited so long to go on one. I LOVE IT! The initial 3 to 6 months on the pump can be frustrating because the settings will need "tweaking". I was testing my BG 7 to 10 times a day to get the readings needed to help the doctor determine the correct basal and bolus levels for me. We're finally there and I gaining better control. A pump demands a good amount of input from the user. I must calculate my carbs and input them into the pump so it calculates my bolus. You need to change the reservoir and infusion set every 3 days but it beats 4 shots a day. What did your schoolfriend not like about her pump? Based on my experience, I think it is definitely the way to go!

jayabee52 2012-03-20 02:37:41 -0500 Report

Howdy Brooke. WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!
Sorry you qualify for this "little" family, but since you do I am glad you are here!

I myself don't use diabetes meds of any kind (i control mine through my meal planning and exercise), but I read most of the discussions so I see a lot of discussion about the pros and cons of pumps.

You can do a search about pumps by opening a new page by clicking the discussions tab and selecting "open in new window" when right clicking the "discussions" link. When the new page loads you'll see a rectangular box toward the upper right of the page with a little magnifying glass. Enter your search terms (in this case "Pumps") as the search term and click the magnifying glass . You'll have to sort put the results as to their appliicability for you, but you can do it, I'm sure. I looked using that search term, and one of the discussions I remember as being particularly instructive is this discussion here ~

You may need to talk your decision whether or not to pump over with an Endochrinologist. The Endo may give you the criteria for using or not using a pump. But read the discussions on the pros and cons of pump use as found in your searches on DC.

I pray this is useful to you as you make up your mind

Blessings to you and yours Brooke

James Baker

nanaellen 2012-03-20 01:30:42 -0500 Report

I'm not on the pump but I've heard just the opposite!! They just talked about the pump in my D class and the gentleman that came in said it was the best thing he's ever done!! I guess it depends a lot on the individual. He had his in his thigh and put the pump in a cell phone case so it wouldn't LOOK like anything but a cell phone…he even said how it helped him get his #'s under control because he didn't have to worry about it so much! I think you'll get plenty of response's on this one cause there's quite a few on here that have one! Good Luck! Ellen :)

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