Getting a pump tomorrow

Dr John
By Dr John Latest Reply 2012-09-26 17:47:15 -0500
Started 2012-09-19 14:40:01 -0500

I don't expect to like using a pump. However, I have adverse reactions to Lantus and the longer I use it, the worse are the reactions to it. I do ok with Novolog. So, with the pump, I won't need to use Lantus any longer.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


27 replies

Dr John
Dr John 2012-09-26 17:33:49 -0500 Report

I wore the first infusion set for 4 days without any problems. The pump companies say one should only wear an infusion set for 3 days. I would appreciate your experience and comments.


Type1Lou 2012-09-26 17:47:15 -0500 Report

I have been adhering to the 3-day rule…although I have gone 3.5 days a few times. After a year on my pump, I suspect that certain areas where I infuse are not as receptive to the insulin because of higher than expected readings during that 3-day interval. I do attempt to rotate the sites and use primarily my thighs, my abdomen and hips and just above my waistline. I believe the suggestion to change at a maximum of 3 days is to avoid toughening of the underlying tissue which can lead to improper insulin absorption.

Dr John
Dr John 2012-09-23 07:52:16 -0500 Report

One thing I wanted to mention. I believe that the pump should not be worn close to the body because the average body temperature is 98.6 degrees F. Insulin should not get hotter than 86 degrees F. I'm wearing the pump on my belt clip using the Radrr case with insulation in the ice pack compartment.

sammy:) 2012-09-22 20:49:06 -0500 Report

I've been on the pump just over a year was a little worrying for me at first as i was only 15 at the time but as i was in hospital most weeks its helped me get my life back of track its not as scary as it seems at first i can promise that much.. hope it gives you the freedom, good luck :)

Dr John
Dr John 2012-09-23 07:49:39 -0500 Report

Today is my 4th day on the pump. I will change the infusion set tomorrow morning. So far all is well. The only thing I may change is the tubing length. I'm using the 23" length. I may get the 43"

ShellyLargent 2012-09-24 16:29:17 -0500 Report

I would most definately recommed the longer tubing for comfort. I tried the 23" tubing once and traded the box back for the longer tubing. There's going to be a little bit of a learning period while you're adjusting and figuring out what works for you and what doesn't. You'll soon learn too which sites give you better results than others. Good luck and so glad to hear you have such high spirits!

Leesa93 2012-09-22 13:02:13 -0500 Report

I've been on the pump for a year now. I'm so glad I have it. The first thing I noticed is that I no longer watch the clock. I got my life back.

Nana_anna 2012-09-21 10:50:00 -0500 Report

I also had the same problem with the Lantus. It stopped working with me. I am using Nova long. I am still deciding to go on the pump. I would have problems with keeping it going on a regular basis because of finance issues. I hope you do good with that though. Good luck!

MoeGig 2012-09-20 20:55:22 -0500 Report

Hey, good luck. I've been T! since 1965 and still refuse to get one. I'm in good control and no major complications. When they come out with one that tests your sugar and dispenses accordingly, I'll go for it; otherwise, I'll just continue to test regularly and use injections. Am in pretty good control and decent shape after all these years, but just don't want to carry a pack around.

ShellyLargent 2012-09-20 18:06:03 -0500 Report

I had an older Animas for a while and then I was able to go on the Omni Pod system. I love it. No tubing to deal with and I do not have to disconnect it. The only time I am not wearing a pod is when I'm in the process of changing to a new one. It did take a little bit of getting use to as the pod is much larger in size than a traditional infusion site, but now that I know where it's the most comfortable to wear, I forget it's even there.

KG66 2012-09-20 16:17:20 -0500 Report

I had a reaction to Lantus too! I was only on 19 units each day but when I took it, it burned for a while after, I literally crouched over because it hurt so much! I got the pump back in April and I LOVE IT! I do get a reaction from the adhesive but we found many different ways to help the reaction! I just have sensitive skin! Anyways Good luck with your pump! I hope you like it! :D

type1's mom
type1's mom 2012-09-20 15:48:18 -0500 Report

U didn't get a class or much instructions huh. Well ur guess sounds good to me but I think I would call the company and make sure

Dr John
Dr John 2012-09-20 14:25:44 -0500 Report

I guess the little clip/plug that comes with the animas ping infusion set kit is for when you shower. Is that correct?


ShellyLargent 2012-09-20 18:00:10 -0500 Report

Yes. It keeps water from getting inside the canula opening. It won't hurt anything, but it can cause water to be forced through the canula and injected instead of a 1 or 2 of your basal "drips". Every box of infusion sets should come with 2 of the caps for bathing and showering.

type1's mom
type1's mom 2012-09-20 13:53:22 -0500 Report

Oh and we choose the Mini med mainly due to the Continuous glucose monitor compatibility. (and excellent customer service and sales rep)The Ping was second runner up ;)

type1's mom
type1's mom 2012-09-20 13:50:45 -0500 Report

Hi doc. I am very impatiently awaiting my son's Minimed and continous glucose pump right now. It's on a UPS truck in my town. Lol. So sounds like we will be starting this journey together!

Type1Lou 2012-09-20 12:53:11 -0500 Report

Hey Doc! I resisted going on a pump for 20 years (Didn't like the idea of being connected to a device 24/7) but started using one a year ago. I LOVE IT!…and am kicking myself for waiting so long to try one. Prior to pumping I was on MDI of Lantus and Novolog. I was experiencing too many scary morning lows and pumping was my solution. It's worked well, although I'm still trying to get my A1c below 6.9. It will take a few months to get all the settings in your pump tailored to your particular metabolism. I use a Metronics Paradigm Minimed pump and found the Metronics rep devoted, supportive and helpful. Your doctor will work closely with you to tailor your settings and will require a good deal of input from you. I do not have a CGM but have been testing about 8 times a day to gather the data I need to fine tune my settings. I'm using Novolog only now and my daily insulin use is lower than when I was on MDI with better control. Go for it!

Harlen 2012-09-20 09:07:56 -0500 Report

Ben on the pump for 3 years now and I find that I use only 1/2 of the insulin I was useing ,you may find that you will like your pump
If you have any Q just ask my frend .
Best wishes

sparrow29 2012-09-20 00:21:21 -0500 Report

Ive been on the pump for over a year and absolutely love it! I was so against it but got it because i was pregnant and now i hope to always have one!! Its so nice to not have to poke myself a million times a day to give first its alot of new info to learn but its all worth it!! I have a medtronic pump!! Goodluck!

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