How widely used is the pump is it the most effective means now of managing one's BS?a

By nzingha Latest Reply 2012-04-26 14:38:48 -0500
Started 2012-04-25 16:24:23 -0500

Are many diabetics turning to this pump device to better manage their diabetes. is it very expensive?

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ShellyLargent 2012-04-26 13:45:29 -0500 Report

I was put on a pump 6 years ago and pumped for about 2 years. I lost my job at that time, and with it my health insurance and my pump. My insurance at the time covered the cost of the pump and it's monthly supplies. I have an IR1250 from Animas and if I were to have bought it out of pocket, it was about $4000. The cost of the insets were $200 for a box of 10 (1-month supply) and the cartridges were about $100 for a box of 10 (1-month supply). There was also the cost of the insulin (Novolog at $300/bottle, used 2.5 each month) and the increased amount of test strips (you will need to test a lot more with a pump). All I was responsible for in payment was my copays on the insulin and test strips. I still have my pump and have been kicking around the idea of strating it again. I talked to my endo and because I still have about 3 months worth of supplies left, he was able to give me a few bottles of Novolog from his office to see if going back on the pump will be better for me than MDI's. When I was on the pump before, my A1C went from the 8's (before pumping) to 5.7 (at it's highest point while on the pump). It's been in the high 6's now, but I've been having way too many radical swings in my bs levels. I can go from the mid 150's to 40 in about 45 minutes with no clue why. We're thinking that since I've been losing a lot of weight lately, I'm reacting to my NpH insulin differently… And not consistently. We're hoping that going back on the pump will help to stabilize my bs numbers since I can more tightly control basal dosages when needed.

If you're thinkg about a pump, I highly reccommend going through your health insurance if you have it. Be warned though that there's a lot of health insurance companies out there will fight the cost and/or the need of a pump. If you're a Type 2 diabetic, they do not see a pump as a neccessity, even if you're taking insulin injections. That's my problem now with my current health insurance. I priced out what it would cost for me to pay out of pocket for my pump supplies, not something I am going to be able to afford, unfortunately… If you're a Type 1, then getting on a pump should be pretty easy, from what I've been told. Your doctor may already have a company rep that he works with. The reps are very good at helping patients get on the their and they will work very closely with you and your insurance. Hope this helped!

roshy 2012-04-26 04:36:20 -0500 Report

i can only talk from my own experience. .

For me the pump has offered an alternative life style away from needles. i have gained better control since switching had last jan i reached my best a1c of 7.5 which is the most significant aspect of pump treatment.

I understand that pumping isnt for everyone and thousand of diabetics achieve good control without one, but if needles offer undesired control, why not change and try something different? if it doesnt work then you can always change back!!

and to answer your second question i havent the foggiest how much the pump is, i'm from eire so mine was compliments of the HSE!!