HELP!!!Starting Insulin Pump tomorrow.

optimistic
By optimistic Latest Reply 2009-10-08 17:08:44 -0500
Started 2009-07-20 02:17:33 -0500

My doctor has been trying to get me approved for an insulin pump for 3 years now and finally got me approved. I start training today. I'm scared to begin the pump because it seems sooo confusing! Can other people out there who are currently using the pump help calm my fears!!!! I am being trained on the Minimed Paradigm 722 and a new meter called the Onetouch Ultra Link. The meter seems pretty simple but the pump is totally confusing me. I've read all the literature that came with it and semi-understand the functions. What I fear the most is: inserting the tubing, how often does it need to be changed; drawing and inserting the insulin vial and operating the pump correctly; what if I make a mistake and give myself to much insulin or I forget how to do a function and mess up the whole thing? I am scared!!!!! Does the pump really make it easier to manage my diabetes? HELP CALM MY FEARS PLEASE!!!!


16 replies

Mary S
Mary S 2009-10-07 23:47:59 -0500 Report

Hi I was on the pump for a little over a year and had to go back to shots because I am a real brittle diabetic. Check your blood sugar often and try to eat every 4 hours. Even though they say you can sleep in the mornings always check your blood sugar before youj do. Make good friends with the paramedics and really count your carbs and then eat them all. Even if you feel bad check your blood sugar. The needle and tubing can remain in your skin for up to 3 days or when your insulin drops low it alarms. God bless you and most people do well on the pump I,m just one of the

Mary S
Mary S 2009-10-07 23:43:45 -0500 Report

Hi I was on the pump for a little over a year and had to go back to shots because I am a real brittle diabetic. Check your blood sugar often and try to eat every 4 hours. Even though they say you can sleep in the mornings always check your blood sugar before youj do. Make good friends with the paramedics and really count your carbs and then eat them all. Even if you feel bad check your blood sugar. The needle and tubing can remain in your skin for up to 3 days or when your insulin drops low it alarms. God bless you and most people do well on the pump I,m just one of the

BLC
BLC 2009-10-08 07:59:09 -0500 Report

Mary, I too was on the pump for a year and had to go off. It just didn't work out for me. You are not alone. Sometimes I feel like a drop out when I tell people I no longer am on the pump. They look at me like I'm crazy. But we have to do what is right for us. I hope anyone who does use the pump has awesome success.

BeckyJ
BeckyJ 2009-09-20 22:25:26 -0500 Report

I am on the waiting list for one. My Uncle had such success with his that when I started having problems I asked about one immediately. Unfortunately Medicare is slow and I am still waiting. If it can give me better control I am looking forward to it. I know that a lot of this is scary but just remember that in the end it will help you avoid more complications. Best of Luck!

chucha
chucha 2009-09-13 12:22:11 -0500 Report

Thank goodness I am not the only one getting scared about getting a insulin pump. I just got the approval and will be getting mine mid-October. I am kind of looking forward to it. Please let me know how you are doing.

Sheri S
Sheri S 2009-10-03 09:58:18 -0500 Report

I've been a T1 for 41 years and a pump user for 10 years and have an Animas Ping that I got in 2008.

At first it may be a little overwhelming…and the first time you have to change the inset is a little scary…but once you've figured everything out I think you'll be really glad you have it…your educators should be really helpful in selecting the right pump for you and help get everything set up…the pump companies are also really easy to to work with if you have questions or problems…they are there 24/7 and NO questions is every considered dumb…don't be afraid to call them with ANY questions you might have…there are also alot of pumpers on this site if you need help let us know :D
Sheri

chucha
chucha 2009-10-08 17:07:28 -0500 Report

Thanks for the words of encouragement. I really needed them. Right now I am on day 2 on the pump. My first day, I had to check my sugars every 2 hours. They were almost perfect. I felt great. If this is how I will feel all the time, I am sorry I didn't get it sooner.

optimistic
optimistic 2009-10-07 20:52:35 -0500 Report

I've been on the pump since the end of July and although it was very overwhelming at first, I would not give it up for anything in the world now!!!! This is the first time since being diagnosed in 1996 that my blood sugars have been under control!!!! WOW, I feel so much better and I am starting to get feeling back into my neuropathy riddled limbs. If anyone has the chance to get on the pump - I can say - don't hesitate, it's the best thing to ever come along! Thanks everyone for your encouragement… Signed, HOPEFUL not Hopeless anymore!

chucha
chucha 2009-10-08 17:08:44 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for the encouragement. It really meant alot. I am on day 2 and so far my sugar has never been better. I am feeling really great.

Thank you again

dianef
dianef 2009-08-30 13:47:44 -0500 Report

I have been pumping for nearly 15 years and love it. It is scary at first, but you will do fine. Help is only a phne call away. minimed has an excellent support line that you can call 24/7 with questions. Let us know how it goes when you get all hooked up.

tladybug77
tladybug77 2009-08-30 11:52:42 -0500 Report

I went on the same pump in March of 2008 and love it. It scared me at first also and am still learning what all the noises mean but I wouldn't trade it for nothing, it has really been a godsend, but do remember to change your catheter at least every 3 days as it will get sore around the area, I forgot my inserter once on a trip and left it in, I will never do that again. My friends had heard horror stories about the pump but so far I have not had any problems, I think it all has to do with your doctor and instructor.

Sheri S
Sheri S 2009-09-20 22:59:34 -0500 Report

Hi
I've been a pumper for the past 10 years and thought I'd pass this along…there is an inset on the Animas site that I use that has the inserter and inset all in one…I used to use a separate inserter and inset but really like the all in one. I too was afraid I would forget my inserter when I traveled away from home! The adhesive on this inset has never come loose in the year that I have been using the all in one inset. With the old inset I was using I would have to put an adhesive cover over the top of the inset I was using to help keep it attached to my skin.

Below is some of the info from the Animas site…

inset® and inset® 30: two great choices.
These all-in-one sets combine the inserter and infusion set in a single, portable unit, so they're a snap to change anytime, anywhere–in fact, you can insert them one handed.*

They work with any pump, too.

Animas®, OneTouch®, Deltec Cozmo®, ACCU-CHEK®, or Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm® - you name it, you can attach the inset® or inset® 30 to it. (A special reservoir is required for use with the MiniMed Paradigm® series.)
Prefer a straight set? Choose inset®.
The first all-in-one straight set 90º insertion angle 6 mm or 9 mm cannula length Available in blue, pink, green and grey

Prefer an angled set? Choose inset® 30.
The first and only all-in-one angled set 30º insertion angle 13 mm cannula length Available in blue, pink, and grey

Piper5
Piper5 2009-08-27 23:12:18 -0500 Report

I got my pump in Feb 09. I was very reluctant at first but my daughter who is an RN convinced me to do it before I have too many complications. I LOVE MY PUMP. Life is sooo much easier. I agree that all the manuals and "stuff" seem really confusing at first. My diabetes educator was wonderful. We met twice a week for about 5 weeks. I wish you all the luck, keep in touch and let me know how it goes.

Harlen
Harlen 2009-08-01 11:04:33 -0500 Report

I got my pump last month and I love it. Made my life a lot better
If you have any Q let me know
good luck

BLC
BLC 2009-07-20 05:28:04 -0500 Report

I remember how scared I was when I first got on the pump. But its not that bad…I promise. I felt just like you did though, After a couple of days I was pretty comfortable with it, Inserting the tubing is really simple. If you have a good instructor you'll catch on quick. You have to change the site of your catheter (the small part that stays on your body) every 2 to 4 days. I actually recently got off the pump after being on it for a year. But I can say that having the pump is less trouble than carrying around needles and insulin. Good Luck and let me know how it goes.

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