To pump or not to pump?

By daydreamer630 Latest Reply 2013-03-27 12:52:23 -0500
Started 2013-03-20 15:24:19 -0500

Rip 'ole blue(my insulin pump). His little motor gave out we only spent two short years together and I got him for a ripe price of $8,000. YOU WILL BE MISSED. You kept me going ;-) Not looking forward to purchasing your replacement.

-Honestly I don't know if I should continue to use a pump or if I'd just be better off(financially) going back to shots.

28 replies

lefillmore 2013-03-25 09:16:23 -0500 Report

I've been take shots for 15 years now, the pump has never really been an option because of the steep prices.. wondering if prices have gone down at all, I would love to have one, I think it's definitely a lot of work, but so helpful!!

lipos18 2013-03-22 12:16:15 -0500 Report

Pump is makes ur life much easier. I do not have insurance at moment but i got my supply from a pump company they give me a huge discount more than all warehouses! Heres the number 18883503199 tell them ur a cash patient and check how much they offer u it should be worth it u can balance it better with pump with control and one shot every 3 days better than at least 4 a day.

Kristenstofleth 2013-03-22 08:46:11 -0500 Report

Pump therapy adds years to your life that's why it is worth it !!! Years people !!! That's a big deal to me as well to my family. Pens/shots as they are more affordable are just no comparison to the pump !!

IronOre 2013-03-23 09:47:41 -0500 Report

How do you know it adds years ? The pump has not been around that long to prove such a statement.
I have been T1 for 38 years, with no complications, and hope to live at least another 38.
There is a person who comes on here who has had T1 for over 65 years, and ther are many others like him.
I think I will stick with the shots for a while.

Kristenstofleth 2013-03-22 08:07:38 -0500 Report

I have currently been on an insulin pump now for 17 years and I love it. It will add years to your life and to me that's a big deal !! I will never stop using the pump nor want to imagine going back to just shots. With pump therapy it's the next best thing to actually having a pancreas that works !! You shouldn't have to pay for it everytime it's time to upgrade. There are so many programs and help out there if needed. It's def worth keeping !!

Stuart1966 2013-03-21 20:37:58 -0500 Report

Hello Daydreamer:

There are many excellent reasons injections are PREFERABLE.

Supply costs of are one excellent reason among others.

Type1Lou 2013-03-21 18:45:33 -0500 Report

Are you willing to tell us what kind of pump it was and who made it? (Is this an inappropriate question?) My little Medtronics Minimed Paradigm pump cost over $7000 and it makes me nervous to think that it might need replacement after 2 years…I started using it in August, 2011. I love the pumping experience. It has virtually eliminated the dangerous hypoglycemic episodes I'd been having and has enabled me to get my A1c back below 7.0.

daydreamer630 2013-03-21 20:04:30 -0500 Report

I have the same. I've talked a lot with them and I think they're going to try there best to get me set up with a new pump. Fingers crossed all works out.

sloane 2013-03-21 06:42:52 -0500 Report

Many many pump companies have great help for patients who cannot afford a pump but want one. Check the different company websites and make some calls to them. I'll bet you will find a match at a great price. Don't give up if you truly want to stay with a pump and are doing well with it. Your local ADFA or JDRF may also be able to help you. Good luck my friend!

daydreamer630 2013-03-21 07:38:05 -0500 Report

Thanks for the ideas! Its crazy to me that for the price my pump still practically needs replaced every 4 years! But I know it does a lot of work! Its my little mechanical pancreas!

manapua72 2013-03-20 22:46:39 -0500 Report

I don't know if that question was addressed to me , how long have you been a pumper . I'll answer anyways … Just about 4 months got my pump put on November 14 , World Diabetes Day …

missymoose13 2013-03-20 21:41:34 -0500 Report

Yay more pumpers!!!!!!! I've been pumping for almost five years and its a godsend I have the cgm sensor as well and I'm under control BUT I had an issue remembering to take the injections so that's why I got the pump MAN I talk a lot

daydreamer630 2013-03-21 07:36:09 -0500 Report

=0) Sounds like you've had a great experience. How are you liking the CGM?

missymoose13 2013-03-21 11:01:52 -0500 Report

I LovE the sensor I originally thought it would just send the correct blood auger reading but my doc told me it will tell just if going up or down but I don't care it's a lifesaver when at night I can drop to like 46 :-((

daydreamer630 2013-03-21 11:05:42 -0500 Report

Wow that sounds great. At one point I had looked into it but I couldn't stand to have another needle stuck to me all day. How do you deal with two sites? I have trouble making sure I don't accidently pull out the one. Do you have troubles with that?

ANYSA728 2013-03-27 12:52:23 -0500 Report

I had the pump and the sensor. I felt like I was in the matrix! Now they both sit in a box and I went back to prickin' and 'stickin.' Summer's almost here and I plan to spend most of my time in bikinis and cute little sundresses. But thats just me.

ShellyLargent 2013-03-20 17:41:39 -0500 Report

It's still not covered under a warranty? Could maybe the manufacturer repair it instead of getting a new one, or do they offer a program to purchase refurbished pumps?

daydreamer630 2013-03-20 18:23:29 -0500 Report

Well I officially got this model 4 years ago two years after I got the first it had to be replaced and now the replacement needs replaced. LOL

manapua72 2013-03-20 17:07:52 -0500 Report

Are you paying out of pocket or is insurance picking up most of the tab ??? I was on shots for about a year and very uncontrolled … Got my pump and now everything's better … Thank goodness my medical covers pumps … If pens/shots work for you then why not ??

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