By letsjustdream16 Latest Reply 2013-01-20 21:27:30 -0600
Started 2013-01-04 22:26:09 -0600

Ok so first off I'm new to this app so sorry I don't really know what to do.
—— Im 15 and I've Had Type 1 diabetes for 2.5 yrs now. I've been on Humalog pens since I was diagnosed but Im really curious about getting a pump. I don't really know what they are like and what you have to do so I'm wondering if you guys could help me out on this one? Is it better than the pens? Can you use it while playing sports and stuff? I'm really curious about them and wondering if I should get one going into Sophmore class next year. If you have thoughts please let me know! Thankss!(:

20 replies

Gwen214 2013-01-20 21:27:30 -0600 Report

I love my pump! I've had T 1 for 27 years, so I've used syringes, pens and I've been on my pump going on five years. If you have a busy schedule I do recommend. But it's still a lot of responsibility. I check my blood sugars more often, because the more numbers your doctor has he can read the pump for patterns. Also, yes I was able to exercise with my pump on. However not all pumps are water proof. Check with medical insurance, there are water proof pumps out there, you, your parents and doctor need to research which best fits your needs. Good luck!

Type1Lou 2013-01-06 13:11:46 -0600 Report

I've had my pump now for a year and was using insulin pens before that. I feel the pump makes it easier to control my condition with less insulin (I'm using Novolog) and fewer injections; I inject the cannula for the pump once every 3 days vs taking 4 or more shots per day. I find pumping makes me more conscientious about testing (I test avg 7 times daily) and it took several months before all the settings in the pump were adjusted for my metabolism. I know that there are pro athletes using a pump and there is a news article posted about diabetic women running an ironman triathlon in Wisconsin. Your question about sports probably depends on the sport in question…for example, I wouldn't expect you to be able to wear the pump if you were a boxer? My heart goes out to you for having to deal with this disease while a teenager; I didn't develop diabetes until I was 27. Sounds like you've got the right attitude and I wish you well!

C. Perry
C. Perry 2013-01-06 08:43:37 -0600 Report

I've had type 1 diabetes since I was 12, now being 18 & I switched to the Omnipod insulin pump 6 years ago and couldn't be happier! It's currently the only pump on the market with "no tubing" which is wonderful! Pumps gives you more freedom and that's exactly what you want I your like me living with it. Look up the Omnipod online, they have a website you can look through. Talk with your insurance and see what their willing to cover and what not. Hope this helps, good luck! :)

Harlen 2013-01-05 19:26:50 -0600 Report

The pump is a vgreat tool
If I was you I would go to the pump school at medtronic.com
Its free and will teach you a lot I know it did for me
Best wishes

adamr1989 2013-01-05 18:00:18 -0600 Report

I have type 1 diabetes and have been on the pump since I was 9 years out. It will give you so much more freedom. You can wear it while playing sports. Just not in the pool or shower.

KG66 2013-01-05 18:51:43 -0600 Report

You can get some pumps that are waterproof! :) Mine is! I still wont wear it in the shower though!:P

KG66 2013-01-05 18:51:43 -0600 Report

You can get some pumps that are waterproof! :) Mine is! I still wont wear it in the shower though!:P

KG66 2013-01-05 11:02:57 -0600 Report

Hello! I'm 18 and was diagnosed with type 1 a little over a year ago. I got the pump back in April and it is a HUGE convenience for me! It helps to control your BG a lot better. I myself am allergic to the adhesive on the pump sights but I think we finally found something that seems to help! And yes you can wear it when you play sports! You can get a lot of different accessories to help either hide your pump or a better place to put it, weather it be on your leg, your arm, or your waist! Don't be afraid for having it show most people don't think twice about it. Most people think I just have an MP3 player on me but it is easy to hide in your pocket too! :) There is also the omni pod that doesn't even have a tube! I almost got that one but got The Animas one touch Ping instead and I LOVE IT! Hope this helps! :)

MzPeaches 2013-01-05 15:29:30 -0600 Report

I have a question. Do you still have to watch what u eat everyday? Do you take less insulin shots as well? I have been thinking about getting the pump but I am so worried that I may have too many low sugars.

Type1Lou 2013-01-06 13:16:04 -0600 Report

I actually switched to a pump because I was having too many scary morning low BG's. They've virtually been eliminated. I use myr pump to bolus (give insulin) based on the number of carbs I'm eating, so, yes, you still have to calculate based on what you are eating…it's not automatic like a normal, healthy pancreas would be. But I love pumping…find it easier and more convenient.

KG66 2013-01-05 18:51:01 -0600 Report

I um, well I would suggest eating good anyways just because it will still help your numbers. On the pump you technically inject because the pump sight is in you for 2-3 days at a time! The pump can be adjusted to be sure you don't get as many lows! :)

sparrow29 2013-01-05 00:23:11 -0600 Report

Hi I'm type 2 also and te pump has been wonderful for me!! Yes after insurance I still had to pay $500 out of pocket but so well worth it! Just like manapua72 says I now use less insulin and my A1c was terrible a year ago now I'm at 5% which is excellent!! So yes sounds expensive and scary at first but well worth it in the end!! Goodluck

manapua72 2013-01-04 23:43:37 -0600 Report

Thanks … Pumps r expensive … I was able to get one because I have decent insurance/medical through my employer … My pump was a little over $7,000 …

letsjustdream16 2013-01-04 23:16:03 -0600 Report

Yeah I'll probably talk with my parents about it and see where it goes. And thanks! It gets crazy sometimes but I'm doing the best I can. And best of luck tomorrow with your A1C! (:

manapua72 2013-01-04 23:14:35 -0600 Report

Oh and for me ( I hate needles ) yet changing my infusion set is PAIN free … U can watch all kinds of infusion set changes on YouTube just search infusion set change …

manapua72 2013-01-04 23:11:53 -0600 Report

Sometimes I feel it there sometimes a tiny pain more often then not alittle itchy … Its a little annoying when u sleep . U get used to it though … I'm getting my A1c done tomorrow … My last one was 13.7 , I know terrible that's one of the reasons I ended up on the pump … Don't be afraid to bring it up , nothing to worry about … Glad to hear u got your diabetes in control … Pens , pumps , other meds or therapies main thing is u got your condition under control … Good for u !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

letsjustdream16 2013-01-04 22:57:31 -0600 Report

I haven't been specifically looking at any yet because I wanted to learn more about them. Right now even though I'm on the pens my numbers are pretty good and my A1Cs have been really good. My endo says I'm doing good, but when I see him next month I'm kinda scared to bring up wanting a pump. I don't know why but I am… But thank you for letting me know! Oh and one more question… Kinda random but can you always feel the pump? Like a needle pain in you? Haha random I know…

manapua72 2013-01-04 22:51:55 -0600 Report

Letsjustdream 16 , hi . I'm a type 2 on insulin . I was using the Novolog pen & a Lantus pen taking up to 8 shots a day … My #'s were terrible … On 11/14/12 WORLD DIABETES DAY I connected my self to my pump … It's CHANGED my life for the better !!!!!!! My #'s r lower , more stable , I use less insulin , my belly no longer feels like a pin cushion … Only thing I don't care for is the tubing … I though still relatively new to pumping recommend it to EVERYONE … Which pumps were u looking @ ??? I've got one from Medtronic …

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