By liquorish Latest Reply 2012-11-26 20:28:26 -0600
Started 2012-10-23 21:43:42 -0500

I am considering using a pump My doctor said I have pretty good control and would o well with one. I am traveling alot right no to help my mother-in-law and so I end up eating ot alot and eating with her. Lots of carbs. Little exercise. Lots of stress. I wondered if the pump would alert me when my sugar is rising so I can take some insulin before it gets over 250. Are the pumps complicted? The one that you change every 3 days looks bulky. Has anyone had trouble with insrance paying for their pump? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Liquorish

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kristwn 2012-10-26 03:57:51 -0500 Report

I am a type one and have a Medtronic pump and love it although its hard to get used to having something attached to your body constantly. I love my Medtronic but it is bulky, but I think that just comes with havig the pump. Omni is a tubeless system and is still someone bulky. Medtronic has a cgm attached to te pump but uses a huge huge needle to insert the sensor and it was always beeping at me even though I have very good control, I would highly recommend the dexcom cgm which is fantastic and accurate an they just came out with a new one!! Both units my insurance helped to pay for and I am on a payment plan as it is still quite expensive but makes life so much easier ! Good luck with your choices!!

liquorish 2012-11-14 21:47:53 -0600 Report

Thanks, Kristwn. My doctor gave me several brochures. I just got a chance to look at them. I liked the Revel from Medtronic. The brochure on Dexcom did not say anything about a cgm/insulin pump combo. But I will call them since you seem to like it better. One of my problems is that I forget to test. And quite a few times even to eat. Liquorish

Harlen 2012-10-24 14:47:11 -0500 Report

Boy do I know what your going thrue
Yep the pump will be a god send
You may fined that you will use 50% less insulin on the pump too
But you will need to test test test
Wishing you the best and let me know if you get one

liquorish 2012-11-14 21:51:15 -0600 Report

Thanks Harlen. I just read the brochures my doctor gave me, and some other replies. I will get info on the Revel and the Dexcom. I really do need both if I can get them. I love the picture of your cat. It looks more like a tiger, a real one. My husband and I are cat people too. Really, any kind of animal. We live in the country and feed the wild life too. Liquorish

jtausch 2012-11-22 20:37:08 -0600 Report

I too was offered to go to a pump from my dr. I think i will get the medtronic minimed reveal 732. medtronic has their own CGM device that communicates with the pump. If you use the dexcom you have to input the readings manually into the pump.

liquorish 2012-11-26 20:28:26 -0600 Report

Hi jtausch. Good luck on your choice. Everyone who has responded has really encouraged me, because it is kind of scarry going on the pump. Idon't know why. Maybe cause I really don't like change. But I sure would like to have beter contro. Let me know how it turns out. Liquorish

ShellyLargent 2012-10-24 13:09:33 -0500 Report

All pumps need to have their infusions sites changed at least every three days or sooner, depending on your insulin use. Pumps are not complicated to use, although the initial setup can be a little daunting… I've been using pumps for about 5 or 6 years. I had an Animas (traditional tubed pump) and then recently changed to an Omni Pod (tubeless). I had pretty good control with injections prior to going on a pump, but I was having too many lows too frequently and going on a pump changed that. My glucose levels are more steady and consistant. As far as insurance, it depends on what your coverage is. Your best bet for that is to contact the pump manfacturer and let them research what your specific benefits would be and what will or will not be covered. They will do this at no cost to you and you are under no obligation to purchase once your benefits have been verified.

As far as using a CGM, most pumps on the market will work with a CGM, but it will be a separate unit from the pump. I'm not sure if there's one out there that has a CGM intergrated yet… I heard Omni Pod was supposed to be making one, but I haven't been able to verify that.

liquorish 2012-11-14 21:55:45 -0600 Report

Thanks Shelley. I was just now able to read the brochures my doctor gave me. I like the Revel because it has both units in one. Another reader likes the Dexcom, so I will check on that one too. The omni pod brochure did not say anything about having their own cgm, but it is supposed to be able to work with someone elses. I sure appreciate your input. I am a little overwhelmed with all this. My doc said I would need to go to classes with the nutritionist, I think that is who she said, but that is going to be hard to do. But if she says so, I will do it. Thank again. Liquorish

jayabee52 2012-10-24 04:29:12 -0500 Report

Howdy Liquorish

Unless your pump had a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) with it (not all pumps do) it would not alert you to highs or lows,


liquorish 2012-11-14 21:59:58 -0600 Report

Thanks Jayabee. I did not know this. I have read some brochures my doctor gave me, and have contacted two. Revel and Dexcom. They both have the cgm. I really feel like I need that. I have only been using insulin since about March of this year, but have been diabetic for 17 years, taking pills. Foods affect me differently now. My sugar can go way up and I don't know it, because that food was o.k. before. And it can be kind of high, and next thing I know it is 80 or less. It has been frustrating, to say the least. I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks again. Liquorish

kristwn 2012-11-15 07:59:35 -0600 Report


I really like medtronic pump but as I said before just did not like their CGM at all. The dexcom G4 will alert you to lows and highs and is much much more accurate than the 7 plus. Even though the actual pump does not alert you, the CGM is awesome. I don't know what I would do without it now!! Good luck I am so excited for you!!

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