New to a pump

Anonymous
By Anonymous Latest Reply 2015-08-19 01:42:03 -0500
Started 2014-10-07 11:51:28 -0500

I have finally gotten the okay from my doctor to get a pump. with all of the different choices out them, I want to know other people's thoughts on if they are good or bad for a teenager athlete. what kind of pump do you use? what would you suggest for me


4 replies

aschedel
aschedel 2015-08-19 01:42:03 -0500 Report

I am getting my first pump, but didn't get to choose which one because of my insurance. But before I got approved I had a chart from Diabetes Forecast magazine from March of this year. The link submitted in another comment is no longer active. Here is a chart comparing the different pumps available and their features. http://main.diabetes.org/dforg/pdfs/2015/2015... I hope it helps. I am so looking forward to getting my pump, but wish I had the CGM option. Sadly most insurance still does not cover that, but if you have nightime lows, its a really good idea. Still, the pump alone should help with the lows, since I won't be correcting for highs as often. Good luck!

amyeven13
amyeven13 2014-10-20 02:28:20 -0500 Report

I am a college athlete and I use the omnipod. It's the best decision I've ever made and it's fantastic for working out. There's no wires to get caught on anything and you don't need to clip anything into your clothes. It's easily concealed and it's been extremely reliable. I do intense workouts and it always stays on. Good luck!

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-10-08 15:50:07 -0500 Report

Hi! I've been using a Medtronic Minimed Revel 523 pump for the past 3 years and I love it. Medtronic has been very supportive and, they are now marketing a newer pump, the 530G with Enlite (CGM) which is the first artificial pancreas device approved by the FDA. I would upgrade to the 530G with Enlite if I had insurance coverage for the Enlite CGM but, I don't. The January 2014 issue of "Diabetes Forecast" had a comparison of different pumps and their features. You might wish to check that out. Here the link to their comparison chart pdf: http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2014/Jan/imag... Medtronic pumps have tubes and are not waterproof. I've not had problems with the tube catching on things but other have. I also don't find it difficult to disconnect for showers or occasional bathing, but I don't spend hours under water so, waterproof is not really an issue for me. There are tubeless and waterproof pumps out there. Omnipod is one brand that is tubeless and waterproof. I injected via syringe for many years before pumping and have gotten better control with fewer lows as a result of using a pump. I hope I never have to go back to shots! Hope this helped a bit.

kimfing
kimfing 2014-10-07 14:40:12 -0500 Report

Congratulations. I just went on the accu chek spirit combo at the end of June. Took some adjustments but i love the convenience. My husband has been on pump over 30 years. His first pump company is out of business and has been on roche pump ever since. I think they are awesome and has kept my husband from getting a lot more of the complications. I say go for it.

Good luck

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