Insulin vs the Pump

By restlessdiabetic Latest Reply 2015-03-25 20:10:10 -0500
Started 2014-05-22 02:00:22 -0500

I was just wondering what the opinions are on the situation with the pump. How many of you have the pump and find it better than giving yourself insulin yourself on a daily basis? Is it worth the trouble? I was given the pump and did the 2 hrs class but in the end I decided I want to be in control of the amount of insulin my body takes in rather than letting a machine decide it for me when every day is different. I have my high days and I have my low days (when I dont need insulin) so i dont want the pump to give me insulin if my day is low. not to mention it just seems so complicated. anyway this is a forum subject I would like to hear what any of u have to say about it to help me make a decision because I have gone to the emergency room and have been admitted numerous times due to diabetes and my numbers being in the 500+ and once it was over 600+. Hope you take the time to give me your opinions re: this situation. thank you :)

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Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-03-25 20:10:10 -0500 Report

I love my pump, its so amazing how it has changed my life, It has lowered my numbers and it has really freed me up. I no longer have to wipe out that needle. LOL and the support I have because of it, I have a pump from Medtronic and they call me on a regular basis, They have a 24 hours service center, which I can and have called with different problems, and they are very helpful, and they are very pleasant to deal with. I can't think of any reason to not have a pump. I used to take 4 injections a day, No more poking myself with needles…yahooeee

elba237 2014-06-17 16:46:28 -0500 Report

I have a pump and I don't understand why you said u want to control the amount of insuline ur body will have. If you have the pump, you know that you can have 1, 2, 3 or more basals during the day. According on how much carbs you will eat. In my case I have 4 daily basals and when I have an special day or situation I program a temporary basal. It is a matter of how much interest you have in learn about how to work with the pump. I will NEVER return to injections. Is easy if you have the right attitude. In addition of the pump, last march I start using a CGM (Continous Glucose Monitor). This small device register every 5 mins how is my BG. It is wireless conected to the pump and is program to give me an alarm when my BS is under 70. That way I can avoid all the hypos without symptoms i had before that made my life a mess. Again, is a matter of attitude and I promise myself that diabetes will NEVER control my life again. Both devices, the pump and the CGM are the best descicion I made during my 38 years being a T1 diabetic.

Katiedid11 2014-05-23 11:39:41 -0500 Report

I personally have never tried the pump but my dad has one and says its easier but i like having control also. Its easier to make sure you're getting enough insulin. I just find it easier to give myself insulin. It keeps me motivated to keep on track rather than rely on a machine

wraithmb 2014-05-22 11:44:08 -0500 Report

I'm currently on shots and am finding very little flexibility in my day to day schedule. I'm looking at the pumps as an option as well. What I like about the newer pumps is the sensor (which needs to be calibrated a few times a day) which will let the pump go into "suspend mode". I remember reading here that someone had woken up one morning and their pump had suspended in the middle of the night, and turned back on once their glucose level rose again. It would most likely be an odd feeling knowing that machine did this, however it seems to be getting closer and closer to being able to have a "belt clip" pancreas. After a bit of a discussion with neverlowbg, I am going to talk to my endo about pump therapy at the next visit. This is especially due to the suspend feature, as I have a very physical and unpredictable job, and on busier days I seem to spend more time dealing with lows than I do working. I'm all for the pump!

elba237 2014-06-17 16:53:13 -0500 Report

Today I put a discussion about the pump and the CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor). For me both devices are the best thing. The problem with some people is that, to manage the pump you need to have a good attitude. Some people stop the pump and or the CGM after start cause they said " I am tired of this", " It is not easy" (not true) etc. Diabetes is nothing easy and If I can use the technology to have better control (as I am doing now) of course I will use it!!! I will NEVER, NEVER RETURN TO PENS OR ANY OTHER SHOTS!!!! Talk with your doctor and if you start with this you will see the difference. But again you need to have the real wish to CONTROL diabetes.

diabeticdummy 2014-05-22 03:47:38 -0500 Report

Hi there restless i used to be in your shoes have been t2 for 2 yrs my a1c was 13 and admitted to hospital many many times my t2 has been very aggressive and damaging to my body in last 2 yrs have spent a total of seven months in hospital and of that 3 weeks in icu bg 1100 was taking 6 shots a day between 200 and 300 units of humolog and 300 units lantus daily still had numbers in the 300's even hospital had very hard time getting numbers down well after my fourth surgery for t2 complications my endo said lets try the pump so it took about two weeks to get the settings dialed in and insulin steadily being delivered to my body till numbers started coming down now they stay right around 100-150 even two hours after eating and im down to using 150 units of insulin every three days my body didnt like the ups and downs of shots as they need to be a routine and given close to same time everyday i work hard long hours and was hard for me to do that 100% now pump does it plus i saved allot of money on pharmacy co pays for meds and needles now ive been on pump a little over a month just had two surgery in that time to fix t2 problems that came up i need 1 last surgery in june and should be done i feel 1000% better more energy happier and mood swings have disapeared since bg levels are closer to normal and with pump i havent found anything i cant do ive posted my story on here many times all i can say and people who read my responces and posts and my wife can tell you without the pump i would probably be dead my t2 has been horrific THE PUMP HAS SAVED MY LIFE AND MY TEAM FROM DR. TO THE PUMP PEOPLE i owe more than they charged my insurance for all this last two years i see my light at end of tunnel and i have beat down to managable levels my t2 hope this helps you and best wishes

elba237 2014-06-17 17:08:07 -0500 Report

I am with a pump since september 23, 2013 and with a CGM (Continous Glucose Monitor) since last March and the same as you THIS 2 DEVICES SAVED MY LIFE!!! I am a T1 diabetic since 38 years ago. I never have any prob. I control well etc. But the last 2 years I start with many many asymptomatic hypoglicemias, doesn't matter how much I control my insuline doses and carbs. I start being like a prisioner cause can't drive, can't go any place alone cause when no one expected could fall unconscious cause a drastic low BS. It happen many times and my health and life was in risk. Then my new endocrinologist talked to me about those devices and without thinking I accept. And is the best descicion I made in all my life!!! I am independent again, I AM FREE and with the control of my diabetes. I will NEVER NEVER return to insuline pens or any other kind of shots. I am greatful to my doctor and the personel of Medtronic who are the ones who bring me both devices. I am happy for you and for all who start this devices and manage it in the right way.

neverlowbg 2014-05-22 03:17:21 -0500 Report

I've been on the pump for a year I love it and about going low if your endo sets it up correctly and monitors your stats and you test your bg like your supposed to almost impossible to go low I used to be high all the time too 400-500 now with the pump one stick every three days test bg 6 times a day and input carbs machine does rest with the bg tests if your low machine cuts back or stops insulin and let's you know now I stay 90-130 and lowest was 87 but I know why I over calculated carb bolus but during my bg checks machine noticed decline alerted me and suspended pump delivery and I fixed situation

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