Insalin pump is there any down sides ?

By miggygreen Latest Reply 2012-08-13 15:25:46 -0500
Started 2012-08-08 19:13:37 -0500

Just wondering if thay any down sides bin thinkin about getin 1

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roshy 2012-08-13 15:25:46 -0500 Report

of course theres down sides but the benefits outweigh the cons for me!!! i was on injections for 7 years until i switched over to the pump a year ago. I have gained much better control and never had good a1cs as good as they are now. the cons are the following but only trivial compared to living a healthy life woth a pump compared to struggling with injections. heres a few of my cons in relation to the pump!!

all the added supplies that come ith the pump, tubing,batteries canulas, cartredges, vials etc. Travelling can be difficult and you almost need another suitcase full for supplies.

inserting the canula can be tricky but you soon get used to it plus there are other insertion devices that make it easier.

Sleeping with the pump can sometimes be annoying, if you toss during the night the canula can come out or tubing can become twisted and this can effect your bgs in the morning.

If your a woman it can sometimes be a pain finding clothes that hold it discretly if you dont want it on show, but sure i got over that a long time ago!!

The pump can sometimes beep in awkward suituations or the tubing can get caught on door handles ; the one good thing about the needles is they go into your bag and you dont look for them until the next time you have to eat.

curious people mistaking the pump for a beeper or phone and then you have to explain your life story . . . . . but sure that could happen witht the needles but the pump can stick out now and again!!

showering and swimming, the pump comes off but the canula stays in and can stick out!!

Learning how to carb count and insulin to carb ratio!! OMG for the first few months every meal was a maths test!! got over that iswell though!!

I still wouldnt give him up for the world though!! i love my pump and cant imagine my life without him!! any more questions feel free to ask!

Armourer 2012-08-10 19:09:49 -0500 Report

I don't use it but I thought about it till my insurance said they wouldn't pay for it $5000 for a pump is beyond my means, ugh, $1000 pump is beyond my means too. Expense for insulin is more. Cleaning the tube is another pain. A friend of the family's son relies on the pump and has never learned to diet properly. Another friend couldn't get the pump to ever work right and she threw it in the trash. However overall most I know who use the pump love it.

Type1Lou 2012-08-09 14:19:45 -0500 Report

I've had my pump for a year now. I love it but, there have been some bumps in the road. It took several months to get the proper basal and bolus rates set for me and we are still adjusting the bolus ratios now and again. (I see the endo every 3 months.) I test around 7 times per day. I have a Medtronic Minimed Paradigm pump.

Counting carbs is essential to making the pump work properly since the bolus dose relies on input about how many carbs are eaten.

Last December, I visited a friend for a few days and forgot to pack my "Quickserter"…the device that helps me change my infusion set. I tried inserting the set manually but with disastrous results. (See my DC discussion:"Survived my stupidity" for more details) This spring, I had disconnected during my 7am morning shower and then went to a 10am doctor's appointment. I tested while at the doctor's because I was feeling funny and expected my BS to be low…it was over 300! I hadn't reconnected my pump properly after my shower and wasn't getting my insulin. It's amazing how quickly I deteriorated.

Pumping is also more expensive than the multiple daily injections and my out-of-pocket expenses are higher, even with good insurance coverage.. You are connected to the pump 24/7. I wound up sewing pockets on the inside of my nightgowns to hold the pump while I sleep. But even with these bumps, I wouldn't go back to MDI. I LOVE pumping and am now sorry I waited so long to go on one.

madsan16 2012-08-09 01:58:52 -0500 Report

I have had one for about 6 years. I absolutely love it. I have nothing negative to say about one. I have the omnipod, and its so easy to use. You don't have to be as picky as what your eating either. You can easily bolus for whatever you eat now. So much freedom with a pump!

sparrow29 2012-08-08 23:21:19 -0500 Report

I have had mine almost a year and have done great on it!! Brought my A1c down to 5.4!! The downside is in my opinion since its so easy just put ur carbs in and it gives you the exact insulin dose but its to much freedom.u tend to not watch what u eat as much.. But i do recommend it! I love mine..just watch what u eat

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