Pump vs MDI's

By Starry_D Latest Reply 2015-03-08 21:19:12 -0500
Started 2013-09-21 20:24:41 -0500

So I would like to know from my fellow Type 1's, which do you like better, Multiple Daily Injections (MDI) or the Pump. I have completed the steps, and my pump should be coming within the next two weeks, but… Is it better than taking shots? Do you like it better?

6 replies

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-03-08 21:19:12 -0500 Report

I love love love my pump, its blue so my grand daughter named it Ditto, which is a Pokémon creature. but I am ok with either. :)

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-09-24 07:15:47 -0500 Report

I hope I never have to go back to MDI!! The pump has made all the difference for me. No matter how regimented I was when taking injections I could never get good control. I am very regimented even now, but now My numbers stay pretty much within target range. I still have highs and lows but they are fewer and farther between. I am also using the Omnipod :-) It's the first pump I've ever tried. I like that it is tubeless and waterproof.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2013-09-23 21:00:17 -0500 Report

I have been using a pump for 14 years, and I don't ever think about going back to shots. The pump is so much more convenient and I have been able to control my blood sugar levels so much better with the pump.

Type1Lou 2013-09-23 17:45:56 -0500 Report

I've been a Type 1 for 37 years but have only been pumping since August/September 2011. I had resisted pumping because I didn't want to be connected to something 24/7. What a fool I was to wait! I love pumping. I had been on MDI of Lantus and Novolog a number of years (maybe 10 or so) before starting the pump. MDI worked well for years but in 2010, I started getting more and more frequent dangerous morning lows. (I'd been treated by my PCP at that time, but after a low landed me in the hospital while on vacation in Idaho, and my PCP, upon my return, advised me to continue with the same dosages, I sought help from an endocrinologist.) She actually reduced my Lantus dose, changed it from bedtime to morning and re-educated me on carb counting and a sliding scale. Things got better but could still use improvement. After 9 months, they suggested I start pumping and was ready. Pumping has given me better control and actually reduced my overall daily units of insulin. It was an adjustment and took several months before all the settings were just right. I do find I'm actually testing 6 to 8 times a day, more often than before. For it to work properly, accurate carb counting is essential. It demands commitment but the results are well worth it IMHO.

ShellyLargent 2013-09-23 10:40:29 -0500 Report

I'm an insulin dependent T2, however, I can say without a doubt that MDI's suck! I love being on a pump! I'm using the Omni Pod system and really like it. I was on 2 different insulins and up to 6 injections a day. I was taking NpH in the morning and at night before bed, then using R insulin at meal times. The problem I had was that I was either high or extremely low. I could never seem to get just normal blood sugar levels. The lows were the worst though. Once I went on the pump theory though, I rarely have lows and have much better control over my sugars and more freedom to eat things I wouldn't have on injections.

Starry_D 2013-09-23 10:46:13 -0500 Report

That's great, because, like you, I go high an low often. I should be getting my pump in the next week, but I am starting to wonder who his better. I have a friend who told me, without a doubt, she likes the pump, but everyone is different. Thank you for telling me though!!