Insulin pumps

Sopies Grandma
By Sopies Grandma Latest Reply 2015-02-11 08:24:36 -0600
Started 2015-02-03 18:08:25 -0600

I will be starting on an insulin pump soon and I'm a little concerned, I don't really know what to expect. I would really like to talk with others who are pumpers.
How does someone sleep with a pump and has it helped you with keeping your numbers down? Any advise on this subject would be very helpful.


10 replies

lilleyheidi
lilleyheidi 2015-02-05 02:52:46 -0600 Report

I am not a pumper, but if that opportunity arose for me to use a pump, I'd jump at it. To not have to give myself multiple daily injections, woohoo. I just wanted to let you know I'm rooting for you all the way ! Heidi

Chris Hickey
Chris Hickey 2015-02-04 22:59:06 -0600 Report

Amazing! Im 42 been type 1 for 16 years. Took a lot of convincing to get onto the pump. Just could not see how it would be sooooo much better.

Well IT IS. Now that I can think clearly I believe my main problem is purely insulin delivery. With the pump the delivery is Bang On! Previously my banged up belly would lose on average 4 units from every injection, that may return at some stage to surprise you or it may not?
I have halved my insulin requirements, If I have 10grams I put in the pump and its done. 3 days after I started the pump the fog cleared. Seriously FOG there was a haze, I was astounded at how clear it was. AMAZING. get onto it! Just do it. Best thing ever.

Unfortunately. The pump is a Blatant rip off, its an excel spread sheet attached to a screw, with Wifi, its dumber than the most useless smart phone with maybe 5% of the power. Actual cost to produce can not be any more than $400.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-02-05 02:51:03 -0600 Report

Howdy Chris
WELCOME to DC!

Whoa chris, it seemed you made a sharp left turn with your last paragraph. You lost me!

Please clarify your last paragraph

James

Chris Hickey
Chris Hickey 2015-02-05 03:20:14 -0600 Report

The pump is GOOD.
The pump is priced way above its cost.
"Where is the humanity?"

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-02-05 15:48:36 -0600 Report

Unfortunately Chris the humanity comes with the user who wears the pump and those who make the pump. I get that you want to protest the insane profits made by the manufacturers, but that would take us off into the weeds of political viewpoints which I feel are counterproductive.

Thank you for clarifying.

James

kimfing
kimfing 2015-02-04 22:13:46 -0600 Report

My husband had been on a pump thirty plus years. I went on pump in June. I sleep with mine laying next to me in the middle of the bed. My honey puts his in his pocket. I also use the flip belt. Pumpwear.com has some good ideas n products. U can clip it to waste band of pj. First and foremost, be patient. They will start you off conservatively to try to keep you from going low. There will be a lot of adjustments in the months ahead. Don't get discouraged. They need to train u on the in and outs of the pump. Keep the educators number handy and when in doubt call and ask questions. My a1c had always been under 6 since getting bs under control with shots since dx almost 2 years ago. My a1c before going on pump was 6.1, 2 months after starting pump back down to 5.6. Love the convenience. My morning sugar 90% of time less than 100. Good luck. What pump are u getting

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-11 08:24:36 -0600 Report

Hello, I am getting a minimed revel 500 series, a blue one.. I got to see one yesterday. I am really excited about this. the only thing holding me up is the lady in my doctors office who is suppose to send in some paper work from my medical file and its been 2 weeks and she is still not doing it. Its really making me mad. I just want to say do it already. Anyway. Im really excited.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-02-03 20:02:38 -0600 Report

Howdy Sopie
WELCOME to DC!
I do not use an insulin pump, but wanted to pray that it works well for you and does what you need it to do.

I am sure when folks who have pumps finally see this (sometimes it takes a bit of time) there will be many who will chime in with helpful words.

God's best to you
James

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-04 08:40:49 -0600 Report

Hi James, I have been praying about this and I hope this pump will help me to lower my A!C. In Sept. it was 13, today it's 7.1 I can't seem to get it any lower. I have been diabetic for couple of years, but have only been on insulin since Sept. I have a doctor visit today to talk with her about my new pump. Seems I have to take a class before I can wear it. I really want this to work. I am planning on a cruise in Nov and don't want to carry all the needles and stuff :)

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-02-04 11:09:54 -0600 Report

as I understand, you'll still need to carry syringes and vial insulin just in case the machine breaks down (as they seem to do at the worst times) Ask that question in your class about the cruise. i'm surprised someone hasn't answered you yet.

James

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