Out of Control

Kat2013
By Kat2013 Latest Reply 2014-07-29 19:47:41 -0500
Started 2014-07-27 18:34:20 -0500

My health is all out of whack and my doctor is sending me to a diabetic specialist to get me hooked up with an insulin pump, does anyone here use one? I am type 2 and I hope this helps me get things under control.


10 replies

KCsHubby
KCsHubby 2014-07-29 18:57:56 -0500 Report

I hope the pump will give you the control you need. Just remember the pump doesn't mean you can go crazy and eat whatever you want. You will still need to eat healthy and take care of yourself. Seeing a specialist is a good step. If you can find a CDE that you can work with, that will be a big help too. I've been a pumper for 14 years and have never regretted it.

Kat2013
Kat2013 2014-07-29 19:47:41 -0500 Report

I am not a huge eater. Getting me to eat three meals a day is a chore. Rarely eat junk food and all that, just have bad genes I suppose as Diabetes runs in the family.

splitpea922
splitpea922 2014-07-29 06:31:47 -0500 Report

I have a pump and found it to be a lot more helpful then trying the shot game. I am in the same boat however in that my health is out of whack. My diabetes is out of control so it can be absused. Just follow what the specialist says…I plan on trying to get my life back on track today…i hope you have great luck with your pump.

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-07-28 19:05:42 -0500 Report

I'm glad to hear you'll be working with a diabetes specialist. Ask for a referral to a diabetes educator, who can help you review what you've been doing for diabetes management and give you tips on changes you might consider making. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-07-28 09:10:47 -0500 Report

Getting control is a balance of tools, determination and cooperation by your body. The pump is a great tool that many people here use and have great accolades about as well. I am sure it will be a step in the right direction for you.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-07-28 07:33:44 -0500 Report

Hi Kat! I've been using a pump since 2011 but have had diabetes since 1976 (probably longer than you've been alive!) I LOVE my pump. It's given me better overall control with less insulin. It does take some determination and effort to use it properly and COUNTING CARBS accurately is ESSENTIAL to giving the correct bolus dosage. (If you're not willing to do that, pumping won't work.) It takes a while to get the pump settings just right for your metabolism. I would recommend 2 books that will give you a better understanding of how to use a pump. Gary Scheiner's "Think Like a Pancreas" and Dr Francine Kaufman's "Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring: a User's Guide to Effective Diabetes Management". What kind of pump are you considering? Some have tubes and are not waterproof, like my Medtronic pump and some are tubeless and are waterproof like the Omnipod.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-07-27 21:10:26 -0500 Report

Howdy Kat
WELCOME to DC! Sorry you qualify for this shindig, but since you do I''m glad you're here.

I do not use a pump, and don't even use insulin anymore (but that's a different discussion). I've been 'round DC for about 5 yrs now and there are a lot of people using pumps.

However, one thing I feel is basic, If one doesn't get one's eating under control,one will be chasing one's tail.

What I mean is this: Even with this marvelous machine (and I admit it is truly marvelous) If one doesn't get the eating under control one will have higher BG (blood glucose) levels. And then one will need to bolus (add more insulin) to the bloodstream. And when one does that, it can cause fat gain. It is far better to eat the right foods like complex carbs and good quality proteins and the right amounts of those foods.

So get with your Dr or Endo. Have them set you up with a RD (registered dietecian) and get educated as to what to eat and avoid.

Praying you get things under control soon

James

diabeticdummy
diabeticdummy 2014-07-27 20:22:37 -0500 Report

The pump saved my life and put a stop to all my complications i highly recommend one. i was taking 400-600 units in 5-8 shots a day and was always above 300 bg no matter what the Dr. and i tried finally went on pump and after about a month thing got really good bg around 160-180 300 units every 3 days of u-500 concentrated insulin not the normal u-100 most people are on and after more fine tuning my life and dr. tweaking and fine tuning pump 5 months later were at 150 units every 3 days bg 80-125 now i say if insurance will give you one go for it i now have freedoms you don't have with shots and at one shot to set cannula every three days it's great now