Are You A Candidate For A Pump???

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2012-05-04 17:41:42 -0500
Started 2009-02-06 14:20:03 -0600

I know several Type 2 diabetics who pump and are doing so much better now. Type 1 diabetics are not the only ones who pump. Here is an article I found today.

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28 replies

rbergman 2009-02-09 19:15:11 -0600 Report

I am a Type 2 candidate for the pump, but with no health insurance I cannot afford to buy one. There is only so many freebies doctors can hand out and a pump isn't one of them for obvious reasons. I love the Omnipod idea of no tubing and if I could afford it that would be the one I'd go with but its around $4000 for the starter kit so that's not going to happen for a long time, especially having a diabetic child as well.

Richard157 2009-02-09 21:22:09 -0600 Report

I am sorry to hear that rbergman. There are many people who have that same problem though. I have read about them. Good control is possible with injections. I assume you use a basal/bolus kind of program with carb counting. I had good control that way before pumping. My endo was very lenient though and allowed me to pump and her approval was what was needed for my insurance to cover the cost.

rbergman 2009-02-09 21:36:20 -0600 Report

No richard, I am a denial, lazy diabetic, and only recently when my daughter was diagnosed did i get a wake up call, I wouldn't know the different between bolus and basal if they came up and smacked me in the face, BUT after meeting with our daughters new Ped Endo and discussing family history and my own history she set me on the right path and if I'm going to help my daughter through this I have to be alive to do that. As far as my candidacy for a pump that was mentioned to me ages ago, but since I haven't been doing the right things I will not get a pump as an easy way out, syringes will be just fine, then if i get my sh#t together and am in good control I may consider it, but it shouldn't be a reward for my lack of willpower to take care of my diabetes before now. The lack of being able to pay for dr. visits and meds started it but it got way out of hand and so has my diabetes now because of it…Today is the first day of the rest of my life and I did all my level tests and took my insulin and followed the same diet my daughter was put on, if doing it for her is my motivation so be it at least I found mine before it was too late for me.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-09 21:37:30 -0600 Report

I too was suppose to start the pump at the end of January. I did all the requirements my insurance asked of me to find out in the end, they won't pay for it. I can't believe it. Type 1 46 yrs, amputee, dialysis and a kidney transplant. OK, Whats the problem here?
I'm stunned. They said I can still get one if I pay for it myself. Well my MDs are fighting for it, but I will stick to my shots, done it all my life. No big deal…Debe

Richard157 2009-02-09 21:57:15 -0600 Report

Is one of your MDs an endo Debe? My pump was not covered until an endo wrote a letter requesting that I pump. That may be true in your case too.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-10 03:28:43 -0600 Report

Richard I have had an endo all my life. I was diadnised in 1961. But I have my endo in Pittsburgh. I go an endo close here in town so I can get the pump so I wouldn't have to travel so far verytime I had a class or qiestions. But I'll see my regular endo in a couple more months and we will go from there…Debe

2catty 2009-02-15 19:33:08 -0600 Report

Maybe when you see your reg. endo he can get you one. I have to travle about 2 hours one way to see the one I am getting. Err they really need to have more local Dr.'s. It is hard to find one in this area. Thank goodnes I have a great M.D. right down the road. Good luck Debe. I hope all goes well with you and me.

2catty 2009-02-15 19:29:55 -0600 Report

Richard is right. My Dr. said an endo has to order it to be able for insurance to pay for it. As soon as my endo orders it I get mine.

roger 2009-02-11 18:38:54 -0600 Report

with my ins i still could not do the copay but they do payment plans they put mine over 13 payments

roshy 2009-02-09 17:38:41 -0600 Report

hiya richard!!

i was just wondering, do you have to consult your doctor if you decide to come off the and go back on injections or can you just do it free of choice!!

The pump seems to have a more stable effect on sugars but say if you wanted a rest can you simply go off the pump and switch back to needles!

maybe you could answer that one for me!

thanks x

Richard157 2009-02-09 17:55:03 -0600 Report

Roshy, I have seen very few people giving up on pumping and going back to injections. Those who do usually have given up too soon and have not learned enough about pumping to be able to have good control with it. It is also much more expensive and so some people who have financial problems have to give up pumping for that reason.

If you are very experienced with injections and you have good control with it then you can safely go back to injections on your own. My doctor would not mind if I did that, he trusts my knowing the best thing to do. Your doctor might be different and he might want to be informed of your decision.

roshy 2009-02-09 18:05:13 -0600 Report

well when i was diagnosed they team offered me the pump, but i was 16 and the idea of beingg attached to the pump 24 7 didnt seem to attractive to me at the time!!

but being a little older now and wiser, the pump is looking like a better option. Ovver here you need to have a very tight control on your BS( blood sugars- not bull sh#t) before they even consider swaping you over to the pump!

i need to get my act togetther though!! i dont check, record and sometimes im lucky if i even do the insulin injection!! the pump isnt the easy way out but i think id benefit alot from it, im "lazy" when it comes to injections!!

roger 2009-02-11 18:36:50 -0600 Report

five years on the pump i have to fill my pump 1 time every 3 days when i was on the shots i had do give my self a shot every time i ate somthing some times 7 times a day with snaks so less look at it 21 shots or 1 shot daaaaaa!

2catty 2009-02-15 19:37:46 -0600 Report

Roshy I am pulling for you. Please start checking and getting under control. I have become insulin resistant and that's why they are putting me on a pump. If you are not good at consistensy I think the pump would help you out. Good luck.

Goddess 2009-02-09 17:19:56 -0600 Report

Thank you Richard, This was a very good post. I'm going to be going on insulin the end of this month and this is the method I want.

2009-02-06 18:55:35 -0600 Report

This is a good article but I just can't get used to the idea. Maybe somewhere down the line, but for now I think I'll stick with the syringes. The thought just scares me but so did the syringes before I got used to them! Thanks for some great information! Angie

dj7110 2009-02-06 14:54:59 -0600 Report

thanks for posting.. talking to my dr about it next week at my monthly appointment.. I'm type 2, been insulin dependent for aprox. 2 yrs. and always struggling to keep my numbers in check.. with all my fluctuations I feel this would be so much easier and better option. one day i tend to run high and next good. my weekly average last week was over 200 and this week 160. I currently take lantis 50 units at night & humalog 10-20 units avg with each meal… David

Richard157 2009-02-06 15:24:38 -0600 Report

David, with that kind of control I think almost any endo would approve of your pumping. The biggest hitch is the financing. If you have insurance that covers it then I think you should start your move towards pumping ASAP.

dj7110 2009-02-07 02:29:37 -0600 Report

for insurance, what I have is medicare/medicaid.. I'm pretty sure they cover it.. I just always thought the pump was more for type 1 than type 2.. but than my meds are the same as many type 1's.. so would work for me, Thank You for posting this, David

dj7110 2009-02-09 17:08:13 -0600 Report

Just want to update.. had dr's today and she is looking on getting me started in the pump.. won't start right away as I have a couple months yet till I'm eligble for more education hrs due to insurance etc.. but looking to have me work that direction than.. Thanks again.. looking fwd to it.