Insulin pump

By silagechopper Latest Reply 2013-03-26 10:06:08 -0500
Started 2013-03-05 19:32:20 -0600

Hi I am new here and have been a diabetic since 2007. My doctors are trying to get me into a pump and honestly I'm kind of nervous about it. I hate taking shots all the time but what does everybody think of the pump?

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Dr John
Dr John 2013-03-26 10:06:08 -0500 Report

One thing that is really nice about the pump is that you can vary your background insulin. If you are going to exercise, you can decrease it for a specific time period, and so on. In my case, I cannot tolerate lantus, only novolog. So, the pump is great for me.


0tina0 2013-03-13 12:01:28 -0500 Report

I don't use a pump and I never will. I hate the idea of something hanging on my body like that…my A1C has never been over 6.5 and I am extremely regimentied and organized. I found that what ever works for one might not work for me. I have also found that some pump users are really adamant about EVERYONE using a pump and think that the rest of us are dinosaurs…LOL… SO do what feels good to you!

blvr 2013-03-12 10:17:20 -0500 Report

I have used many pumps over the past decade - and won't be without one. My a1c is a constant .65ish. I use an Animus Ping (I love). I also use the Dexcom CGM. Both these work very well for me.

rickster912 2013-03-11 13:18:10 -0500 Report

I've had diabetes for 32 years now and I don't have a pump. I guess I'm used to my routine and the pump decision is all up to the individual. I'm active all the time and don't rely on the fact of a device attached to me. They now have insulin pens that allow you to take a once a day shot and mange your diabetes. Personally if ( YOU ) manage your diabetes instead of a machine doing it for you is far better to educate yourself how your body works. In the end it's your choice and what suits you best. Best of luck and the best advice is to educate yourself about your disease because its your body. Good luck I believe you will make the right choice!!

Gwen214 2013-03-07 22:19:55 -0600 Report

I hated taking shots, I'm in like with the pump. There are different manufactures out there, I use the Medtronic pump. Since my doc referred me to the pump My blood sugars have been controlled. my a1c have been ranging from 6.0 to 7.5 The pump does give you more flexibility.

manapua72 2013-03-06 18:27:45 -0600 Report

I've heard of the T-slim , checked it out on line seems pretty fancy snazzy … Should work great … I was using pens for almost a year and my #'s were just terrible … I got a pump by Medtronic this past November … My #'s are lower , more stable … I went from an A1c of 13.7 to 7.5 and we believe on my test it will be lower … I LOVE MY PUMP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some do fine with pens etc … Me though really happy to have my pump …

RebC 2013-03-06 12:59:46 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed in early 2008 with T1, and after I met my max out of pocket for my insurance in 2009 (had a baby), I got a Minimed Paradigm insulin pump. It was free, so why not? :) After giving it a try for 6 months, I made the decision to go back to injections.

Everyone is different, but I found that I could control my blood sugars much better with injections, and because I wanted to keep my A1C at around 5.5 in order to have more children, I didn't feel like the pump was worth it at the time. I will probably try it again in a few years.

If you are going to be rubbing where your infusion set will be placed, I would definitely be worried about it coming out. The infusion sets for the paradigm were very sticky, and it was a chore actually getting it off of my skin, but I found that if I caught it just right, the plastic tubing that goes under the skin for insulin delivery would pop out, without me knowing it. I am sure that this is an easy fix with a longer infusion set, but I just couldn't stomach them, pun intended.

That being said, my dad and my little sister both have Minimed Paradigm pumps (they are T1 as well), and they love them. My dad manages a plumbing and welding shop for a University, so he is moving/lifting things all the time, and he doesn't find it to be a problem, and they both feel like they actually have BETTER control with the pump. So, like I said, everyone is different, and I hope that it works out for you, too, because shots really do suck!

Roboat49 2013-03-08 02:07:56 -0600 Report

you said you got your pump for free can you tell me how? I also had the Medtronic pump and love it. But I lost my job and couldn't afford the supplies that go with it. Does anyone know how to get supply without insurance?

silagechopper 2013-03-06 08:59:13 -0600 Report

I move around a lot at work and just worried about the infusion set coming out or something. We are working on getting me a t-slim from tandem. Are they pretty good?

jayabee52 2013-03-06 10:10:31 -0600 Report

I suspect from what I have read on the subject, that they are all pretty good mechanically (in honesty I don't use exogenous insulin so I do not have actual hands on experience with pumping).

Only one pump has tubeless delivery, the Omnipod. With a Screen name like SilageChopper, my guess would be you work on a dairy or cattle farm. (Ive chopped a few loads of silage in my youth as well) The only concern I would have in a situation like that is that if you have a machine using tubes, the tubes could get snagged on something and your inset get ripped out of your body.

It is not an event which would normally send you to the ER, but it is painful (what I have read) and irritating to reset the inset.


KathyH123 2013-03-05 23:29:43 -0600 Report

I just got put on mine in December and I have loved it since. I didn't really like taking a lot of shots either an that's something that is better with the pump instead of taking 4 or 5 a day I only have to take 1 every 3 days and it helped me bring my A1C down pretty quick. But I don't think you should be nervous about it but take your time and don't rush into it if you try to fast and wind up not likening it because it seems to much to grasp at one time just slow down and take it one step at a time Also it might be good if you try to find out which pump you think you like best and read more about that one and not just all pumps in general because some differ a little

ShellyLargent 2013-03-05 22:35:57 -0600 Report

I've been on an insulin pump for over 7 years now. First on an Animas IR1250 then most recently switched to an Omni Pod. I live my pump! I have such better control of my blood sugars now. I was experiencing way too many lows with my injections. Some quite dangerously low, like in the low 40's. Since being on a pump, no more lows and not too many extreme highs either. If you see that you're too high, you can correct it before it goes out of control. The down side is that you do have to test more often with a pump. I test before I eat anything, then 1.5 to 2 hours afterward. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please feel free to ask! There's a ton of people here that are on pumps as well and can chime in!

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