Feeling Good :), Possibly switching to pump

Survivor7311
By Survivor7311 Latest Reply 2013-07-22 14:20:08 -0500
Started 2013-07-19 18:10:28 -0500

my sugars are going back down :) there at the range my doctor wants them!! But i'm considering the pump…any advice with that?


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Wahikulitutu
Wahikulitutu 2013-07-21 19:35:02 -0500 Report

I have been a diabetic for 36 years and was on insulin injections twice daily…had much trouble with highs and lows all the time. Two years ago I decided to try using a pump to gain better control of my blood sugar. I wish I had done it 10 years ago! My A1c's have been between 6.0 and 6.3 ever since I started and I feel wonderful…no more spikes and lows. I love it. I feel more independent and love it.

Survivor7311
Survivor7311 2013-07-22 09:46:01 -0500 Report

Really it makes it that much easier? Hmm…i've been having some really bad days high numbers all day. I just want it back to good numbers again my A1C is terrible…i want it back down to normal whatever that is lol

wahikulitutu1935
wahikulitutu1935 2013-07-22 14:20:08 -0500 Report

I use the Omnipod pump which has NO tubing attached to the pump. The PDM(personal diabetes manager) is a combination glucometer/remote that controls your insulin rates and boluses. By counting carbs and testing often you'll have your A1C back to where it needs to be in a short time.
Talk to your doctor about it.

SadieMae08
SadieMae08 2013-07-21 18:16:28 -0500 Report

I have always been against the pump, but not I might have to get it in order to get control of my diabetes.. I'm terrified.

Survivor7311
Survivor7311 2013-07-22 09:44:59 -0500 Report

Its a scary thing to consider ! I am the same way right now. I'm scared of getting too much insulin and have sevre lows. Or that with my line of work one of the kids will accidentally pull it out. Or that its gonna be harder to try to work with then my pens. So i hear ya hun :/ its a lot.

BroadwayGirl
BroadwayGirl 2013-07-20 22:51:35 -0500 Report

I've had the pump for about a good 9 years I'd say and it is amazing and I highly recommend it. There are less needles, less of those 'is she doing drugs' stares, and it helps with having better control.
It does have it's complications and you have to each for them, but it is totally worth it!

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2013-07-20 14:03:20 -0500 Report

I've been pumping for the past 2 years and love it. I use a Metronic Minimed Paradigm pump and switch out/rotate the reservoir and infusion set every third day. My total daily insulin usage has actually decreased by using a pump and I've gotten my A1c's back into the 6's. I find that I test from 6 to 8 times a day. Counting carbs at meals is essential so you can properly bolus for the food you eat. It took several months to tweak the settings on my pump. I'd advise you to go for it!

HeidiLynne
HeidiLynne 2013-07-21 05:49:54 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info Type1Lou!!

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2013-07-21 09:37:54 -0500 Report

Glad I could help! Thanks! There are other "adaptations needed as well. For example, to prevent disconnection at night when sleeping, I've sewn pockets to the inside of my nightie to hold the pump. When bathing or swimming, you need to disconnect since the pump cannot be submerged in water. For those "Intimate moments", you and your partner need to decide whether you'll disconnect the pump or just work around it. Even with the accommodations needed, I find using a pump is worth it.

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