Loving the pump!

silvie mae
By silvie mae Latest Reply 2013-10-29 13:08:51 -0500
Started 2013-08-16 17:47:17 -0500

I've been on the pump for a month now and I wanted to share that my average B/G for the month is 110. Yay! It's amazing! I'm so glad I decided to switch. Before with injections it seemed no matter how hard I tried, my B/G numbers were so sporadic. Now I actually feel like I'm reaping the benefits of all my hard work. Feeling Blessed! :)

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Set apart
Set apart 2013-08-17 07:34:49 -0500 Report

I like this discussion, during my last visit with my Endo, he suggested the pump. My D has been pretty much under control, and I also have the CGM. I don't know how I'd feel with two attachments, sometimes my CGM doesn't go with my outfits, lol! I am also a T1!

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-17 07:47:16 -0500 Report

Yes I understand! I was put off some by the idea myself. But considering how much better my numbers are and getting rid of the constant injections, I can deal with a couple little bumps under my clothes. I wear tight clothes and for me it's not a big deal. I don't think anyone really notices it but me. :-) but it is a personal choice. I use the Dexcom cgm and it's really small. The pod is a bit larger. There are many different types of pumps on the market you just have to research them and decide which one suits you best. That is if you decide to go that direction. Btw nice meet you.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-17 00:41:16 -0500 Report

Well, instead of taking injections of time released and bolus insulin, the pump delivers a steady rate of bolus insulin constantly throughout the the day. For example, right now my basal rate is set at .35 u .per hour then in a few hours it will change to .40 u. per hour. My bolus ratio is set at 11. So whenever I'm going to eat, I check my B/G. The device asks me if I'm going to eat, i say yes, then it asks to deliver insulin according to calculations, I say yes, then it asks me to enter the number if carbs I'm going to eat, I punch in the number. Then it shows me my B/G and the amount of insulin it is going to deliver and asks me to confirm.
Basically, that is how it works. It also has a correction ratio that is set. Also you can set a temporary basal rate for exercise etc…
I use the Omnipod so it is a tubeless device and the PDM uses bluetooth technology to communicate with the pod. The pod is what I wear on my body and it is waterproof. It must be changed every 3 days and it alerts you when it's time. The PDM is the controller. I must have the PDM with me at all times. Once the pod is activated it will deliver my basal rate continuously but I cannot deliver my bolus without the PDM.

Twinmumnz 2013-08-17 00:54:05 -0500 Report

Can I ask… does the needle being inserted all the time hurt?? Is it truly the same as doing an "injection" of insulin when you insert it??

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-17 07:22:19 -0500 Report

Theres a small prick when the cannula is inserted not too painful at all. Once it's in i don't feel it at all. Considering I was taking 5 or 6 injections daily one prick every 3 days is a walk in the park. :-).