insulin pumps

By danibannie Latest Reply 2015-03-08 20:56:35 -0500
Started 2013-09-20 22:26:12 -0500

Hi everyone i am getting an insulin pump but i dont know how to pick one so if you were a teenage girl what would be best for you

6 replies

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-03-08 20:56:35 -0500 Report

take a look at omnipod, no tubing and its pretty small and seems easy to use.
I have a Medtronic and its a blue one that I named Ditto. I chose this one because its the one my insurance will support.

Dr John
Dr John 2013-09-23 08:13:47 -0500 Report

If you have an active lifestyle, choose the Omnipod so that tubing won't get caught on things.

Starry_D 2013-09-21 20:31:48 -0500 Report

I'm getting the Medtronic. It's called a Paradigm. I'm going to get a purple one! I'm so excited!! (But still nervous!!)

TJCudney 2013-09-21 20:09:17 -0500 Report

I have a blue Medtronic pump. I love it. It's awesome. (: they have other colors too. They have pink and purple.

Ally-1since1991 2013-09-21 11:44:10 -0500 Report

Hi, look into OmniPod. I use it and LUV it!!! It's wireless!!! And u can check ur BS in the same machine!!! It is waterproof and smaller than any other I've seen or used in the past. U can put it on ur buttocks, thighs, tummy (which is my fave)!

ShellyLargent 2013-09-20 23:41:55 -0500 Report

There's really only two basic types of pumps: traditional tubed pumps and the Omni Pod (tubeless). With tubed pumps there's a few different brands but their features and functions are about the same, as is with the Omni Pod. All pumps have their pros and cons. You just have to weigh them out and see which one wins. The best place to start is talking to your doctor and seeing what he recommends. If this is going to be covered by insurance, you may only have one choice, theirs. If your doctor doesn't have a preference, then ask if you could speak to some of his patients who have pumps and ask them what they like and don't like about them. People here on this site will be helpful there as well.

I have used both an Animas (tubed) pump, which was my first one, and now, I am on the Omni Pod. My Animas was extremely reliable and was a real life saver for me. After having it for so long, it was finally out of warranty so I was able to upgrade. I chose the Omni Pod because I like the fact that it is tubeless and the pod can be hidden in a lot more places than the tubed pumps infusion sites can be. However because it uses wireless communications to rely commands from the controller to the pod, it can have issues. Also, the pods do have a higher failure rate than you would see with a tubed pump. The pods will malfunction from time to time and just stop working for no apparent reason. However, I have always gotten replacement pods from the manufacturer within a few days and they do work very hard to fix issues with their pods.

If you have any specific questions or concerns, feel free to ask. Everyone here is always very helpful!

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