Is it easy to adjust to an insulin pump?

amh1112
By amh1112 Latest Reply 2014-08-25 08:40:47 -0500
Started 2014-08-22 22:36:45 -0500

Hello all! My name is Andrea and I'm new to diabetic connect. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in November of 2012. I've been on NovoLog and Lantus insulin for the past year but my family has been wanting to me to go to the insulin pump since I was diagnosed. After thinking about it for awhile I've decided to try it so now I'm in the process of getting a pump. I was hoping that someone here would help me with the questions I have about it. Like how is it adjusting to getting a pump? I'm nervous about it being a big change and if it really will be better for me like everyone is telling me. They are probably right but I want to hear it from people who have actually dealt with this transition and live with a pump haha. I don't know anyone else who has type 1 so I have been looking for some support in other ways. Anyone here love their pump??

Thanks so much!

-Andrea


6 replies

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-08-25 08:40:47 -0500 Report

It takes some determination and dedication but the results are well worth it. I was on MDI of Lantus and Novolog before using a pump. I started 3 years ago and hope I never have to return to MDI. You absolutely need to count carbs to properly bolus for meals/snacks (same as with injections of Novolog). Because the pump only uses a fast acting insulin (Novolog), your basal needs are provided by a 24/7 delivery of a small amount of Novolog. The beauty of pumping is that your basal rates may vary throughout the day and your pump can accommodate that. You can also reduce, increase or totally suspend your basal insulin depending upon your needs which you cannot do with a shot of Lantus…once you inject the Lantus, you can't take it back. When I exercise, I'll reduce my basal to 30% to prevent my going too low. If I am going hypo, I may suspend my basal for 30 minutes to an hour. I love the flexibility it gives me. It did take time (about 3 months) for me and my doctor to get my pump settings just right, so be patient. I do not use a CGM but test my BG 8 times a day. I found Gary Scheiner's book, "Think Like A Pancreas" to be a great resource. If you have any specific questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

Harlen
Harlen 2014-08-24 14:32:24 -0500 Report

It was and it easy
The pump helps in a lot of ways
Try the online school at Medtronic even if you get a different pump the info it still great.

amh1112
amh1112 2014-08-23 16:54:53 -0500 Report

I'm supposed to meet with an insulin pump specialist sometime soon to begin the process of getting a pump. Thanks for your responses. It really does help to hear from people who know what I am and will be going through!

diabetesdenmark18
diabetesdenmark18 2014-08-23 02:27:18 -0500 Report

I have had diabetes since 2005 and today im 17 years old. I got my pump in 2010 and i was nervous about it too because i was Young and afraid of that it would be too difficult to use it and wear it all the time but…it was the Best dicision in my life. It gives much more freedom to do what you want and it made me feel Like a "normal" (you know one whos not a diabetic) of course it takes time to learn to use it and get use to have it on you 24/7 but i had No regrets at all! I hope this helped you!

deewoelling
deewoelling 2014-08-23 07:46:03 -0500 Report

i went from pills to the insulin shots about 2 yrs ago and i hate needles but i found it very easy yo adjust. the prick of my finger hurts much more than the needle…go figure…i'm thankful i don't have to use the pump but i agree it would be easier in the long run

Jeff82
Jeff82 2014-08-23 00:25:26 -0500 Report

Andrea,
I have been Type 1 for 31 years, but began using an insulin pump 2 years ago. My A1C was high, and once I started pumping, I haven't had any regrets.
It did take a little bit of work in terms of learning to use the pump and its functions, but the training helped a lot.
The carb-counting is easy(but you learned that already when you were diagnosed) and you will find the amount of insulin you take each day should drop drastically. (It did for me)
I hope you seriously consider going for a pump, coming to this site was the best place for advice, and it never hurts to ask questions. Hopefully I was able to help in my rambling, feel free to contact me for any pump/diabetes questions!
Jeff