Annying pump issues

By mjhorgan Latest Reply 2014-03-15 21:19:53 -0500
Started 2014-03-13 06:36:27 -0500

I have been on and off the insulin pump for 8 years now. I think the pump is great in many ways. It makes keeping my BG in a stable range extremely easy. My A1C are about the same as they are as when I am off the pump, mostly in the summer months. The pump just makes mnanaging T1D easier. I still, however, have a love/hate relationship with my pump. What are some of the most annoying things I find about using about the pump:

1) When the tubing is hanging out away from my body and it catches on a door knob or cabinet handle as I walk by. That's when it get ripped from my body. Ouch I hate when that happen.

2) those occasional irritated infusion set sites. They do happen from time to time, but boy do they suck.

3) trying to try on new clothes in a clothing shop while I am wearing the pump.

4) Ok a bit intimate here, going to the bath room. I have come extremely close, but trying to keep the pump from falling off and ending up in the toilet. Too many close calls.

5) More intimate moments, like when my wife and I decide to ;) well you know. I have to quickly stop what I an doing and disconnect the pump and pump and put it someplace that is not in the way.

These are just a few of the annoying thing about the pump, What are yours??


15 replies

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2014-03-15 21:19:53 -0500 Report

I hear you on all accounts! Those are some very annoying things about using a pump, but even with the drawbacks I feel like the pump is the best way for me to manage my diabetes. Maybe someday there will be a device that doesn't have drawbacks. We can keep dreaming right? :)

KG66 2014-03-13 19:46:25 -0500 Report

Like you I have been on and off. Right now I am off. My biggest issue was getting my pump site ripped off at work and having to run home to get another one. Or when it gets so hot that the insulin in my pump goes bad. I also love wearing dresses and the pump can be hard to hide, even with the leg bands.

mjhorgan 2014-03-13 20:53:21 -0500 Report

I know what you mean about the heat. That's why I go off the pump in the summer. I spend too much time on the beach and outside in the sun. It is too hard to keep the insulin cool. I don't have the problem, but I have said to my wife many time… "how to women wear the pump in those dresses".I don't think men have the same problem, I just wear mine on my belt. Funny thing is whe I wear my pump on mu waist a lot of people think my pump is some old fashioned pager.

KG66 2014-03-13 20:56:29 -0500 Report

Thanks! :) And Yes same I have had people think it was a pagers or that I had my cell phone on me at work.

Type1Lou 2014-03-13 17:51:11 -0500 Report

My husband and I have learned to work around my pump during those intimate moments…I don't want to disconnect because, like a snowstorm, I just don't know how long it's going to last. ;) I've been able to avoid the tubing problem but I agree with you about trying on new clothes. When I take the pump out of my pocket and tuck it into my bra to try on stuff, I keep on worrying that the clerks might think I'm trying to steal something. I think the thing that annoys me most is the bruising/bleeding that occasionally occurs and prevents proper insulin absorption and forcing a quicker infusion set change…also those occasional "blood spurt" episodes when detaching the old infusion cannula. But, I would hate to have to revert to MDI. I love the control and freedom the pump gives me.

Harlen 2014-03-13 12:33:58 -0500 Report

Bathroom prob
I made a pocket on a strap that goes around my waist at the top of the pocket and a strap that goes on my thigh , when I go to the bath room I just putit over my head and no need to fret.
For other things it's not a big deal I just know where it is at all times lol

mjhorgan 2014-03-13 07:27:16 -0500 Report

Sorry about the tyopos. Sometimes I just type way to fast. You should read some of the auto correct stuff in my texts.

diabeticdummy 2014-03-13 10:05:12 -0500 Report

Oh I have same problem I hate the auto think what I'm spelling feature pisses me off so you use the Medtronic pump do you like it or what brand should I look at just your opinion

mjhorgan 2014-03-13 10:13:25 -0500 Report

I have the only used the medtronic pump. It has been tough and reliable for me. I don't really like the medtronic CGM. The CGM is not reliable at all. The pump is pump.

diabeticdummy 2014-03-13 07:08:12 -0500 Report

What do you meen by site irritation as I'm looking at getting on pump I hate needles so it sounds good

mjhorgan 2014-03-13 07:23:45 -0500 Report

It is not the needle, sometimes the needle just goes in bad, or after a few days the area just gets irritated. Just he way the need goes in, or just your bodies response to having something in your skin all the time. Most of the time it is fine, with no problems. Just be aware it will happen from time to time.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-03-13 07:54:24 -0500 Report

I had fun finding out that I DO NOT like Skin Tac, IV prep works great for me, but the SkinTac left me a big itchy mess for a day

mjhorgan 2014-03-13 08:10:52 -0500 Report

I am fine with Skin TAC, although it is very sticky and a PIA. The IV prep makes the medtronic sensors malfunction. I use the skin tac on my infusion set.