Going to get a pump

By 2catty Latest Reply 2009-02-22 22:03:29 -0600
Started 2009-02-14 21:39:49 -0600

Well I seen my Dr. Friday and he said I was insulin resistant. He did a urine dip and stick and it was 400. My blood sugar has been crazy lately. I went from 180 lantus to 160 levemir and it went nuts. Now I have to use lantus again for a while. I have to go to an endo. he said it was time for a pump. I am scared, it seems complicated. I don't do carb counting. I just take a shot and eat what I need to. I guess since I have to I'll get the one touch ping in pink. You know my Dr. said if I was overweight enough my insurance would pay for a lap-band. So now I don't know if I should lose weight or gain and get lap-band.LOL I didn't know insurance would do this but he said most will because it is now considered medically necessary for diabetics. I called insurance and it was true sure enough. Wish me luck on the meter. Because I sure am scared about it.

30 replies

Cindy G
Cindy G 2009-02-22 15:37:46 -0600 Report

Hello, everyone. I became a member yesterday, Feb. 21. Looking over this today I found this discussion on insulin pumps. My doctor is getting me one. I go back on March 2 for it. Reading some of your discussions has given me some answers to some of my questions. Thank you. I'll keep watching and go to sites mentioned. I'm out of control..300 to 500's. I have panecreatitis, right now again. One question…do you still check your blood with a meter when I get hooked up to insulin pump?

Richard157 2009-02-22 15:42:51 -0600 Report

Absolutely! You must enter your blood sugar test result on your pump and also the number of carbs you are going to eat before the pump can calculate the number of units of insulin you need. Carb counting is a must! You cannot start pumping until you are an expert with carb counting.

Richard157 2009-02-22 08:20:20 -0600 Report

I recommend the book"Pumping Insulin" by John Walsh. It is called the pumper's bible on some diabetes websites. I ordered mine from amazon.com.

2catty 2009-02-22 14:43:01 -0600 Report

Cool, I'll have to look into that. I would like to take a internet class on the animas pump also. That would be great.

Gail Smith
Gail Smith 2009-02-18 22:27:52 -0600 Report

I have been on an insulin pump for 5 years now. I LOVE IT. It takes a while to get control, but once you do you will love it. I didn't count carbs either. I had a few of ups and downs in the beginning which is normal. I wouldn't go back to shots any more.

roger 2009-02-21 20:06:00 -0600 Report

on year five with mi mini med they even had school on line i took befor getting mine .minimed.com

2009-02-15 22:41:29 -0600 Report

I've been pumping for over 2 years now, and there is NO WAY I would go back to needles.

The biggest thing the pump has meant to me is FREEDOM!! The numbers have been TONS better, and all the periperal problems seems to have subsided alot too!

If I can ever help you, in ANY way, please do NOT hesitate to ask. I was scared at first, that I would mess up somehow, but with the training I received from a CDE at the hospital, there was no way I could have! She kept in contact with me on the phone everyday for as long as I felt it was needed, with any question I had, and I had many!

2catty 2009-02-17 22:24:41 -0600 Report

I sure hope I feel the since of freedom. Because when you first think of pumping you feel a since of being tied down to something. I totally understand the extreme amounts of meds to try to control. I have been sick at my stomach because of so much meds. I am taking 180 units a day of Lantus and 10mcg 2x of byetta and novolog and glyburide. Not counting all the others for other reasons. I feel like if I burped to hard a pill would fly out. If I don't get this pump and get things managable I don't know what I am going to do. I have to go 300 miles one way to see my new endo. We have to rent a room and stay overnight just to see her. I hope it is worth it.

2009-02-18 20:10:58 -0600 Report

Yep, I had the 'tied down' feeling at first. After a couple weeks, and not having to 'shoot up', that goes away!

What I find great is, when we go away for a few days, you don't have to carry a fistful of needles. You change the infusion set every 3 days, so you only carry one set for every 3 days you're gone, and a resevoir to go with that.

If you want to talk more, please message me, and I'll give you my phone number, and we can talk!

2catty 2009-02-19 16:02:20 -0600 Report

You are so sweet. I need all the help I can get. At this point I am even trying to learn the what everything means. I just wonder how long after the dr. orders me one that it will take to get it? I have to drive 3 hours just to get to this Dr. and that's one way. A six hour trip. Uggg! My butt will be numb.LOL

2009-02-20 21:31:54 -0600 Report

I drove a ways too! I got it all set up with the doc, then I got an appt with the trainer for the company. Originally, they were only supposed to train me at the first appt. but I was READY to get on the pump, so I had gotten my supplies before the training appt, and told the trainer that I wanted to get on it THAT DAY!! I forgot my insulin, so the hospital gave me my first resevoir full, ON THE HOUSE!! The following couple weeks, my trainer called me everynight, to go over my readings for the day.

Once the paperwork is done, the ball rolls really fast!

2catty 2009-02-21 16:46:14 -0600 Report

Cool because I don't want to make many trips there. My dr. here said once I get it he can make tweaks and adjustments for me on it. But my endo has to get me on one or my insurance won't pay.

2009-02-21 18:12:09 -0600 Report

Mine wrote a prescription for mine, and the insurance paid for most of it. I sure hope that's the way it will go for you!!! HUGS

2catty 2009-02-21 19:22:36 -0600 Report

My insurance is suppose to pay all of it but I just hope their isn't a lot of drag time and red tape. I think it is a shame when someone needs something and it is approved but it still has to go through a long process of crap. You know what I mean? I hope it also pays for supplies too.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-21 19:47:58 -0600 Report

I was suppose to start the aminas pump on January 26 of this year just to find out my insurance wouldn't cover it…

Richard157 2009-02-21 19:55:17 -0600 Report

Medicare turned me down but my secondary insurance covered it. My endo approved in Jan, 2007 and I did not get started pumping until June 19, 2007. A six month delay. Other people I know were approved and then pumping all within two weeks time.

2catty 2009-02-22 14:47:06 -0600 Report

Hey Deb, aren't you suppose to go to you're other endo soon. Hopefully he can get you your pump. It is a shame to have to wait so long when you have insurance or some way to pay for it. That is ridiculous. Plus I don't think anyone that needs one should be denied money ,insurance or not. Unfortuntetly that is not how the world is working right now. Maybe one day.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-22 16:10:18 -0600 Report

Yes, My endo is fighting this, but what could we do if they don't approve. I have a secondary to medicare but they follow with medicare. My secondary should have been an advantage plan instead of a supplement Plan. I also pay $426.00 a month for that medicare supplement plan, but I guess I should of been informed many years ago I needed a medicare advantage plan. Who knew? I am having a hard time with my pass history of illness. No one wants to take me as a client, so I have to stick with what I have…Debe

2catty 2009-02-22 22:03:29 -0600 Report

Oh so much and still can't get what you need. Has got to be so frustrating. I can get all my diabetic meds and pay a small co-pay but have to pay for most others. Except blood pressure pills and such. All diabetic supplies are paid too. But I have to pay out of pocket for most of my scripts but at least my visits are paid for. Insurance we need it but geez!

BeckyJ 2009-02-15 21:15:52 -0600 Report

I will be talking to my doctor about the pump in our upcoming appointment. My uncle went on the pump and saw wonderful results. I have been having a lot of problems with highs lately. I haven't been under 184 in 6 weeks and as high as to register HI on my meter. My doctor just has me call in on Mondays and Thursdays and they are adjusting the insulin by 1-2 units at a time. I just don't feel that this is working and am really getting worried about the complications of such high sugars for such a long time. My eyes are bothering me again and I have been having pain in my sides again like my last outbreak of Gastritis. Either we dramatically change my insulin levels by syringe or try this pump. I can't afford any more complications.

Richard157 2009-02-15 19:34:40 -0600 Report

Be sure to learn as much about the pump you choose as possible before training begins. I hope you will have a very good trainer. Mine was a CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator}. She works in the Diabetes Education Center at a local hospital. A hospital near you might have the same setup. Your insurance might cover the training sessions. I have been pumping for 20 months and I have the best control I have ever had. Good luck to you!

2catty 2009-02-15 19:44:46 -0600 Report

Thank you Richard I sure need to get educated on the pump. I have seen some but never have up close or ever knew anyone personally with one. Completely new at this. I think the hospital does have a program set up for it. I am thinking about the one touch ping. My sugars are staying between 350-500 lately. It just keeps going up. And I feel really tired and drained.

rbergman 2009-02-15 10:49:40 -0600 Report

As with all aspects of Diabetes each new step is scary at first…remember the first time you had to prick your finger for the meter??? The first time you had to give yourself an injection with a syringe??? Just like those things, a pump will be scary at first but you'll do fine once you get the hang of it. As far as the lapband vs. diet, (please note this is MY personal opinion) if you change your diet and count carbs you will lose weight naturally, I would never purposely gain weight just to have the band, sure it will cause you to lose weight but, what side effects and other conditions could gaining enough weight to have it done would you experience, overweight people have a greater risk at heart conditions, and if your diabetic and overweight that greatly increases your risks. Is it really worth putting on the pounds JUST to be banded to lose it again??? Not in my opinion

2catty 2009-02-15 12:20:02 -0600 Report

Oh I know I was just kidding about the weight. I don't weigh enough to consider it. I just need to lose some more than a little less than a lot. You know what I mean? Thanks everybody for your support.I am starting to understand a little more about the meter thanks to you guys. Still a little scared at this point though. Just afraid of the change and if I mess up. My little one sugar seems to be doing a lot better. Thank goodness. Thank you so much for asking. You guys are the best.

rbergman 2009-02-15 12:42:53 -0600 Report

lol glad to hear your not planning on packin on the pounds!!
The one thing I've learned is there is NO exact science when it comes to diabetes, not only do we have different types but, even those with the same types can't rely on the same exact methods of treatment, it just doesn't work that way, even in my own house, what my daughter does doesn't work for me medication wise I have to have the insulin while she is on pills. We eat the same diet at home, it works for her but I'm starving all the time (I realize that will change some once my stomach realizes it ain't gettin no more lol). Even meter testing, I can get a sample just about anywhere but my daughter insists that its less painful for her to use just her fingers, it even took me awhile to convince her she could use her left hand fingers too not just her right hand ones lol.
With pumps I'm sure its the same, some prefer one brand over another for certain features, etc. Its all just trial and error basically, once you find what works for you that's what you stick with.

2catty 2009-02-15 19:17:45 -0600 Report

LOL. I know what you mean. I am stuck on my right hand testing, I don't know why. But for me it is less painful to do finger sticks than arm sticks. For some reason alternate site testing burns and turns red in the area for hours. I have no idea why. I guess it will have to be trial and era with the pump as well. And hope that I don't make a major boo-boo. Thanks for the help.

momwith juvie
momwith juvie 2009-02-14 22:21:00 -0600 Report

dont be afraid of the pump.it will make carb counting very easy for you.you actually can input the food you like into it and it does the rest for you.when my son was on it ,it helped him so much.when he was hungry he could just input what he was going to have and then it just did the rest.my son sugar is all over the place too.it has been very hard for him because he had to get of the oump because he has vert little body fat on him.other wise he loved it because his sugars were so good.i will be thinking of you and let us know how it goes.

2009-02-14 22:03:54 -0600 Report

2catty, please don't be afraid of the pump, it's been the best thing I've done for my diabetes since I was diagnosed! You will be getting a 'shot' every hour, and if you are going with Minimed, the Paradigm is SO easy to learn to use!

You will get training, by a Minimed person, who knows all the ins and outs, and after you meet with them, you WILL understand things, and how easy it is!

Take a look at some of the discussions on pumps here on the site, there are a bunch of us here, and we can offer some of our ideas.

By the way, how is your son doing? I've been keeping my fingers crossed for him, and now, I will for you!!