Pump therapy

By marco.sauerman Latest Reply 2012-07-17 12:16:10 -0500
Started 2012-07-15 15:58:20 -0500

If any has any success or any feedback on pump therapy please give some feedback

11 replies

cindygal1 2012-07-17 12:16:10 -0500 Report

Welcome to our little community where you can make friends and get information, everyone counts carbs. I agree with the disease stinks but we hav e to learn to deal with it, and it will take awhile to do that. Don't be like some and be ashame that you have it, You didn't ask for it, and neither did any of us but we got it, so learn to live with it. I would like to be your friend

marco.sauerman 2012-07-16 15:26:39 -0500 Report

I also have the medtronic pump but is in south africa so i think we r a bit behind on training and they did tell me it will take about three months . Thanks for the encouragement ,i think carb counting is the secret to success when it comes to the pump,will see how it goes when i start running again

Type1Lou 2012-07-17 10:02:47 -0500 Report

I agree with James that counting (and limiting) carbs is probably the single most important factor in successful diabetes management…it is for me!

Type1Lou 2012-07-16 10:00:26 -0500 Report

Started on my Medtronic Minimed pump last August and generally LOVING it. It did take quite some time (3 to 4 months) to get the basal and bolus settings right for me and, I believe, may need continual adjustments as our bodies age and our activities increase or decrease. I'm actually testing my BG more often now than when on MDI. (I do not have a CGM "Continuous Glucose Monitor) I've succeeded in getting my A1c's back into the 6's but want them in the lower 6's so still working on that. Carb counting accurately continues to be a challenge, but I'm getting better at it. My take on pump use is that I have to be highly motivated to manage my diabetes to insure that it will work properly…counting carbs properly, limiting the carbs that I ingest, exercising properly and setting a temp basal for the exercise…it's not a "free ride", enabling me to ignore that I have diabetes but a tool to help me better manage it.

ShellyLargent 2012-07-16 09:56:44 -0500 Report

Which pump are you using? I've been on a pump off and on since 2005. I'm now back on a pump, using the Omni Pod system. I had an Animas before. Pumping is the only way that I can have total control over my bs numbers. I love it.

From what I read, you're still having trouble with getting your numbers in control, even with a pump? Are you working with your doctor or an educator to dial in the pump settings? It might take a little while to pinpoint your exact settings so that the pump works properly. There's a book called Pumpin Insulin by John T. Walsh that is really good and explains everything about pump therapy.

Don't give up or get discouraged while trying to find those correct numbers. It took me the better part of 3 months to really get my pump set. Also be aware that if you're in the process of changing weight or body mass (losing or gaining weight) it's going to affect your insulin sensitvity, correction factors, and insulin to carb ratios.

I hope that you can get everything worked out and really start benefiting from pump therapy. It was the best thing that I could have done for my D care.

marco.sauerman 2012-07-16 06:34:39 -0500 Report

I am struggling to get my sugar under control but do not have the sensor or dual wave setting up jet. Will this all change when its in place?

jayabee52 2012-07-16 08:47:02 -0500 Report

Howdy Marco! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

Folks here may be able to tell you how things have happened for them, but since Diabetes is such an individual disease process no one can tell how your particular reaction will be.

I pray it will change for the better for you soon!

James Baker

Harlen 2012-07-15 17:27:03 -0500 Report

Ben on it for three years
I love it ,makes taking care of D easey and a lot better then taking 14 shots a day
What can I help you with ???
Best wishes