Insulin Pumps

By pjrobinsonnnn Latest Reply 2014-02-18 18:04:08 -0600
Started 2014-02-18 10:19:23 -0600

My Endo has told me I am an excellent candidate for an insulin pump. I have read up on them and have an idea which ones might be right for me. But I would love to hear from others about their experiences with pumps. Which ones are good? What is good and what is bad about them. I guess I just need to know everything. Help.

6 replies

Alexx_x 2014-02-18 18:04:08 -0600 Report

I'm struggling right now with which pump to get but I have been using a pump for 4 years now and I LOVE it. I couldn't see myself ever going back to pens.

Type1Lou 2014-02-18 17:25:35 -0600 Report

I have been using the Medtronic Minimed Revel pump since 2011 and I love pumping. I think one misconception that many people have is that the pump automatically delivers insulin, acting like a normal pancreas, without user input. While it does deliver a "basal dosage" continuously, a pumper still has to input the carbs eaten to properly "bolus" for meals/food. Carb counting has become essential for me to properly bolus. I test on average about 8 times per day. Medtronic states that a pumper should test a minimum of 4 times daily. It took several months, working with my endo, to get my basal rates and carb to insulin ratios set up in the pump. You'll need to provide lots of BG readings. The Medtronic pump is not waterproof and has tubing. For bathing, you disconnect from the pump. OmniPod, which is tubeless and waterproof, is offering a free demo kit…go to if you want to request a trial pod. Not all insurance plans cover the OmniPod. Most pumps require that you change the infusion set every three days and you must rotate the infusion sites. Pumps use only fast-acting insulins (Humalog or Novolog) and eliminate the need for a longer acting insulin like Lantus. You can "suspend" or reduce basal delivery for periods of exercise or temporarily increase it to get a high BG back where it should be. I've been diabetic since 1976 but onlystarted pumping a few years ago and am now sorry that I waited so long. Hope this helps.

pjrobinsonnnn 2014-02-18 16:58:43 -0600 Report

Thanks so much for the fast replies. I feel better about getting a pump. Everybody seems to be unanimous about liking them. I go to the endo on Thursday to let her know which one I am leaning toward. After looking at all the brochures I really like the omnipod, but my out of pocket would be alot, same with the Tslim. The One Touch Ping will be the most reasonable and the brochure made it sound really simple to use. I'll let you know what happens!

jaydoubleyou23 2014-02-18 15:26:20 -0600 Report

I have the omnipod and I really love it! I like it because you don't have to take it off ever and you don't have to worry about tubes getting hung up on everything. And you don't have to insert it manually it inserts itself which is way less painful! And also your meter is your controller which is awesome cause it's less stuff yo carry around! And also it only takes three minutes to change your pump. Which is great!

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-02-18 12:23:17 -0600 Report

I'm on the Tslim and love it. I think all pumps are good, just figure out which bells and whistles you want. I think the Tslim is the only one that holds 3 mL of insulin instead of 2.,

ashley50 2014-02-18 11:54:26 -0600 Report

What pumps have you been looking at? I have the one touch ping! I absolutely love it!!! Couldnt imagine not using a pump.

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