Any suggestions?

By RachelMarie23 Latest Reply 2013-04-30 11:01:39 -0500
Started 2013-04-23 19:59:59 -0500

My doctors have been telling me many different things about the insulin pump. I am currently using the pens. Im always active and doing things too.But I was wondering which one would be best or more helpful to me. Does anyone have any advice?

15 replies

Preacher79 2013-04-27 21:17:09 -0500 Report

I use the Omni Pod. I have been on it for over three years and it works well for me. The first year I was working construction and being very physically active.

Dr John
Dr John 2013-04-27 08:31:17 -0500 Report

I've been using a pump for 7 months now and love it. I think that one of the best features of the pump is the ability to regulate for basal. All pumps have a temporary basal feature. When, I'm active, I decrease my basal 10% for 1-2 hours. When I'm resting at a computer, I increase my basal 10% for 1-2 hours. My A1C is 4.9. I'm currently using the Animas Ping. But, I'm tired of getting the tubing snagged. So, I'm looking into the OmniPod. Make a good decision now because it may be difficult or impossible to get insurance to cover another pump before 4-5 years. Good luck.

Type1Lou 2013-04-26 15:11:47 -0500 Report

I resisted using a pump for many years but finally got one 18 months ago and LOVE IT! I'm kicking myself for having waited so long to pump. I had been on MDI of Lantus and Novolog (pens) prior to pumping but decided to try the pump because of recurrent serious low BG's with the MDI. Pumping solved that problem for me. I have a Medtronic Minimed Paradigm pump.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2013-04-26 11:12:11 -0500 Report

I got a pump when I was 13. I loved having it in high school cause it is so convenient and discreet. I was also pretty active and involved with a lot of stuff and the pump made it a little easier to keep my blood sugars under control. I would definitely recommend one. I have the Medtronic Paradigm pump. But there are a lot of great ones out there now.

teelyn 2013-04-28 11:44:53 -0500 Report

we have the same pump but my sons sugars are all over the place any suggestions

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2013-04-30 11:01:39 -0500 Report

Well it does take a while to figure out the right balance for basal rates and bolus rates. Lots of things change in the teenage years, both physically and environmentally so you do have to keep an eye on blood sugar patterns and not be afraid to adjust the settings and rates on his pump until you find something that helps balance the blood sugars. If you have a CDE that you go to or is available they would be able to help you figure out the right adjustments for the pump.

KG66 2013-04-24 19:45:40 -0500 Report

I am on the One Touch Ping by Animas. I love how it's waterproof so you don't have to take it off while going swimming and don't have to worry about doing a correction after words. All in all, there are good things and bad things about every product but I love my pump! My favorite thing about it is there is a different kind of pump canula (needle) for every type of body. Angled ones, straight ins and metal. Metal canulas are recommended for more active people. I only use the metal ones since I am allergic to the plastic. Anyways if you have any questions just ask! :)

Set apart
Set apart 2013-04-23 21:23:36 -0500 Report

I am on Lantus and novolog pens, they usually work for me because I am pretty strict with my diet. I've had some highs and lows, I think like everyone else. my last a1C was 5.8 and am also on CGM. I have never tried the pump, but have only been at this for 20 months as a T1!

MaryBethS 2013-04-23 21:17:29 -0500 Report

I have a Medtronic pump. My doctor always has me meet with my educator to go over all the different ones and see which on best fits you. I also use CGM by Dexcom. Only downfall is they both don't communicate.

manapua72 2013-04-23 20:22:20 -0500 Report

Are you doing well with pens ??? Are you in control or are your #'s up and down ??? Why do I ask ??? Well if you have great control with pens , then you might want to stick with them … Pump and supplies that go with it cost more … When I was using pens I took up to 10 shots a day … My #'s were all over the place … My a1c was terrible . I got a pump , and life just got better for me !!!!!!!! I personally love my pump !!!!!!!!!!! I think it would help many , yet had I had good control with shots I would have never considered pump …