When did you get your pump? Do you recommend it?

One Step at a Time
By One Step at a Time Latest Reply 2013-12-08 21:36:29 -0600
Started 2013-12-04 16:50:15 -0600

At what point in your t1 journey did you get an insulin pump? Do you recommend it versus pens?

I am less than a year T1 and everyone keeps asking me when I'm getting a pump. I am well controlled on pens.
Also, I know there are stipulations with insurance. Thoughts?

4 replies

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2013-12-08 21:36:29 -0600 Report

I teach- so having something that isn't a distraction is best. And believe me- with middle schoolers, anything is a distraction.

I also like the idea of no tubing. I have two little boys and they're always pulling at me. I can just see that tubing getting caught…

How did you go about getting a pump? ENDO or gen DR?

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2013-12-07 14:26:00 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed with type 1 16 years ago when I was 11 years old. I got a pump 2 years later when I was 13 years old and have had one ever since. I love my pump, and have found that I have much better control with it rather than using the pen. I currently have the medtronic paradigm pump. It works great for my needs and lifestyle. Everyone is different though. I have a friend that decided that a pump wasn't for her and has gone back to using an insulin pen. So you really have to weigh the pros and cons for your personal needs. But I know that I would recommend a pump to anyone.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2013-12-05 10:59:13 -0600 Report

I got a Tslim a month ago, 26 years after I was dx'd. I love it and wish I would've gotten it years ago. Much better control, I don't mind the tubes on mine, there are several good pumps out there.

jaydoubleyou23 2013-12-04 21:28:53 -0600 Report

I got my pump in April. I got the omnipod and it's my lifesaver!! I totally recommend it. Especially since you're so recently diagnosed. It only takes five minutes to change it instead of a whole complicated process, and no tubes that get stuck on everything! It's not even that noticeable at all promise!

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