Injections or pump?!?!?

By samantha.d Latest Reply 2015-02-23 14:14:30 -0600
Started 2012-11-18 17:22:33 -0600

Hi ! I heard about the pump and im looking for info as at the moment im on injections.. I want to know personal opinions about the pump because to me there are pros and cons to both? To me injections are frustrating because i have to think about eating times and for example i was wearing a dress recently and had to find somewhere to pull up my dress to do my injection… But it would just be as awkward with a pump right?? I dont know much about the pump but i hear it controls your blood sugars better.. But does it get in the way as much as injections and of corse, how do you work it !!? ect… :) thank you!

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correctionsnurse1 2015-02-20 22:52:40 -0600 Report

I have only had my Medtronic Minimed Paradigm Revel pump for a little over a month and I really wish I had done it a lot sooner. Gives you tighter control over BG levels, more flexibility. As far as carrying the pump, I prefer pockets, but as other members stated there are many ways to carry it. I personally never want to go back to the injections. Now it does take time and commitment since you do have to learn to carb count (if your not already doing that), also, you will be needing to check BG more frequently until your adjusted properly. Then there is the fact you will need to keep up with changing your infusion set and reservoir out every 3 days, but me personally, I would not trade it for anything. Hope this helps and please let us know what you decide. Good luck!

MarkS 2015-02-23 14:14:30 -0600 Report

If you get the continuous glucose monitor (Enlite sensor) with that you will not know how you ever lived without it! My HbA1c has never been higher than 6.3 since I've had the cgm; my last was 6.0!

TLTanner 2014-08-17 14:53:34 -0500 Report

For those of you who wear the pump and complain about where to put it if you don't have pockets, Medtronic has a clasp/holder they call a lingerie holder that can be worn on the waistband of your pants, your underwear (if that's all you sleep in), and even your bra. I use it all the time as I did not like the one that looks like a cell phone/pager holder. It was too heavy for my clothing.

If you get long enough tubing, you can cut a hole in the backside of a shirt pocket, run the tubing under your clothes and insert the pump in your pocket.

For those who get the tubing caught on knobs and such, make sure you tuck all of the tubing as possible in your picket or under the clothing and you'll find you don't catch it as often.

Hope this helps someone out there!


Type1Lou 2012-11-22 11:59:12 -0600 Report

I was on MDI for years before going on the pump last year. I'd resisted a pump because I didn't want to be hooked up to something 24/7. Now I'm kicking myself for waiting so long. It provides greater flexibilty but does demand accurate carb-counting skills and input. I find I do test my BG more often than before as well (7 to 8 times a day). I'm getting my A1c back into the 6's and have many fewer low BG episodes. I usually carry my pump in my pocket. For sleep, I've sewn little pockets on the inside of my nightgown to hold it securely. I would encourage you to give it a shot…uh, no pun intended there!

J Kate
J Kate 2012-11-20 09:50:59 -0600 Report

I am an avid pump fan. I have two sons that have been pumping for about ten years now, since they were 8 and 2. It is a lot simpler to bolus instead of inject, and I loved not messing with the long acting insulin. My oldest son has loved the switch, his only complaint is when the tubing gets hooked on a knob on a drawer in the kitchen and get torn out. Not fun, but other than that there is a lot of freedom. I think in the end it is a personal decision about what is the most comfortable and gives you the best numbers.

sloane 2012-11-20 09:28:14 -0600 Report

You can definitely try out a pump. Most companies have a "virtual" pump on their websites and when you decide on which pump is right for you, you are generally given a saline trial without insulin in the pump to show you what being connected is like and get you used to programming the device. Good luck!

Turtle 2012-11-19 19:39:14 -0600 Report

Lots of great input here about the pump. I have a couple of questions tho. I am T2 and have lots of ups and lows. Is the pump safe for me? Right now, I use novolin r sliding scale.

Type1Lou 2012-11-22 12:01:09 -0600 Report

Since you use insulin, a pump might not be inappropriate for you. Have you discussed it with your doctor?

KG66 2012-11-19 19:13:53 -0600 Report

I got the pump about 6 months ago and I love it! :) My sugars are a lot better! There are only a few things I don't like. I have very sensitive skin and I am allergic to the adhesive therefor I have to use special wipes first, other than that sleeping with it can be annoying sometimes too but I still love using the pump! I always found if I was in public and had to inject with the pen people would stare, but now with my pump I find most people don't pay attention since it looks almost like a cell phone or an old mp3 player! Hope this helped a little! :P

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-11-19 01:22:09 -0600 Report

Hi, you know, you can inject in the arm or thigh. Also pumps do take work and you need to know how to count carbs, etc. I would find out which pump your insurance covers and research it, then find out the cost for the infusion sets and all that go with it to see if your family will be able to afford it. Also, you can get straps to attach the pump to your bra as well as leg, arm, or a holder to wear it on your pants like a cell phone, and even a pack(sort of like a fanny pack, but smaller) to wear on your waist. So, don't worry about how to carry it, and you can unhook them to shower or swim, etc. Oh, you can put velcro on pj bottoms to keep it in when sleeping.

I know that medtronic offers classes that are free to go to and they will help you with carb counting and basic and move on up to using a pump. You can also try out a cgm(continuous glucose monitor) for free or a pump with them to see how you like it. My insurance covers this pump and I have done the classes as well as worn the devices before buying.

I hope this helps you some, good luck:) hugs

Harlen 2012-11-18 20:32:23 -0600 Report

Thank god for the pump
If I was you one thing I would do is got to the pump school at
Its free and gives you a ton of info and then you will know how the pump realy works ,from there you can ask your endo for a loner pump to try ???
Best wishes

ewskis 2012-11-18 18:13:47 -0600 Report

Just to add more you ony change the infusion and resevour on your pump every 3days still poke your fingers alot and wear the pump usually out side your clothing. meal planning is not as awkward as MDIs It takes as much work but makes life a lot easier

ewskis 2012-11-18 18:05:31 -0600 Report

I my opinion the pump has many advanntages. I am fairly active and 66 years young.
I enjoy skiing working out when I don't ski and active most of the time. The pump has been my salvation a1c was good up until about 6 months ago. I got lazy and wasn't doing a good job of carb counting and got lazy about what I was eating. No I am back on track and loving my pump. What I am trying to say is the pump works but I work harder at watching my diet and have more freedom. I love my pump.

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-06 12:52:03 -0600 Report

I am getting my first pump in a couple of weeks. I decided to use a Medtronic Pump. It has a sensor that will read my sugar every 5 minutes and it sends that to the pump and the pump does the math and gives me the insulin I need. I have to go take a couple of classes. I took one online and the other one in person. someone from the company will meet me at the doctors office and will show me how to use the thing. I am pretty excited about getting started. right now.

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