Getting my pump finally

By hjenkins Latest Reply 2014-12-11 05:33:13 -0600
Started 2014-12-09 15:13:21 -0600

I am finally going to be hooked up to my pump on December 17th! I am really nervous and kinda scared about this whole process. Was wondering if there was anyone out there that is willing to help me through this whole thing and be a support system for me. Anyone have any advice for the beginning of the pump therapy? Also, does anyone have a cgm through medtronic? They want me to get on one in Jan but I am not so sure about it. Thanks!

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kimfing 2014-12-10 10:37:49 -0600 Report

I just got my pump end of June. My husband has been on one since the 80s so it wasn't new to me. My advice would be to have patience, something i often lack. They will start you off on the conservative side. Your bs may run a little higher at first until you get your basal dialed in. I am very sensitive to higher bs, i get all symptoms of a 300 at120+. Remember that you may have to keep adjusting things. Life cchanges and such will have an effect. I am still fine tuning mine but is less frustrating. I recently read the book think like a pancreas. It was suggested by someone in this community and it was the best thing for me. Awesome book. I love my pump now.

Good luck to you and happy pumping

hjenkins 2014-12-11 05:32:13 -0600 Report

Thanks for the advice, still nervous but I know it will be the best thing for me because my sugars are always high

Michael V Baker
Michael V Baker 2014-12-09 16:42:14 -0600 Report

You will love the pump. Have been on Omnipod for a few years. Best attribute of the pump, beyond extreme convenience is establishing a 'Basal Rate' that enables you to deliver automatically so many tenths or whole units of insulin/hour. I find myself that .75 units/waking hour I can snack on 10 g of carbos every hour w/o any BG deviations. Just make sure the amounts that you set to your 7/24 activity levels, aside from eating periods that require a 'bolus'. (i.e. at bedtime I calibrate to only delivery .5u/hour

Type1Lou 2014-12-09 16:24:05 -0600 Report

Hi Hjenkins! I've been pumping since 2011 but have been taking insulin since 1976…YIKES! that was before you were born! I'll be happy to share my experience with you and to help you with any concerns or questions you might have. I am currently using Medtronic 523 Minimed Paradigm pump. I would have upgraded to the 530G with Enlite (CGM) if Medicare covered the CGM's. I love pumping insulin as it has given me better control with less overall insulin and virtually eliminated the really scary low BG's I'd been having before. In the initial months you need to be patient as it takes time to tweak the pump settings for your particular metabolism. You'll be testing frequently and relaying that info to your doctor. Learn as much as you can. I found Gary Scheiner's book "Think Like a Pancreas" most helpful. If you want to communicate about any specific concerns privately, please feel free to send me a message. I've found the people at Medtronic most responsive. Time for me to change my reservoir/infusion set! Don't hesitate to get in touch.

hjenkins 2014-12-11 05:33:13 -0600 Report

Thank you, I am sure I will have plenty of questions once I get started. I will look for that book, thanks for the suggestion.

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