Insulin Pumps

MissJo
By MissJo Latest Reply 2009-10-26 16:37:19 -0500
Started 2009-09-28 03:00:14 -0500

I am currently researching insulin pumps. I have used Medtronic in the past. Now they have a tubeless pump called the Omnipod, Medtronic has a pump and the monitor that attaches near the pump site. The monitor measures the fluid in under your skin and can tell if your sugar is going below or above what range you set it to. You have to follow up with a finger stick still just to confirm. Just having an alarm go off when your sugar goes low is exciting for me because I have no symptoms of a low until I hit 30. So if anybody is currently pumping and would like to share what pump you have and how you like or dislike it I would love to have replies. I like the tubeless one definitley a high tech pump. You take this half egg shaped device to you and then get the palm pilot/glucose meter and tell it to insert needle and it does autmatically and then hit remove needle and it stores the needle inside the unit. When you check your sugar with the machine it automatically calculates your sugar and carbs if you are eating. No more ratios to figure out on your own. It has a built in carb counter. This is only one of the four I am looking at now. I will try to give everyone a little info as I learn it.


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Kuini_Lii
Kuini_Lii 2009-10-26 16:37:19 -0500 Report

I used the OmniPod for 15 months, and I really liked it. (I don't have insurance anymore and can't afford to pay for the pump anymore so I'm back on injections.)

The OmniPod was awesome because there were no tubes hanging off of it, and it is considerably smaller than the other pumps on the market. The only thing that was annoying was that it would fall off while I was exercising or playing sports because the sweat on my skin wouldn't hold the adhesive anymore. However, you can call tech support for your defective pods and they send you replacements with your next order. Other than that, I had a good experience. Let me know if you have any other questions about it…

Good luck with your choice =)

Love and blessings,

Lii

kdroberts
kdroberts 2009-09-28 13:02:28 -0500 Report

The CGM that is part of the Paradigm system is called the Guardian. In the Paradigm system it is built in so you don't need to carry a separate monitor. It is available on it's own and there are other competitors as well, the Freestyle Navigator and Dexcom7 Plus. None are extremely accurate (you will still need to test blood sugar a lot, at first a lot more) but they can help.

On the pump side, the onmipod looks good and soon will be smaller and have the dexcom7 plus CGM as an optional built in. Next year the Solo pump should be coming out, similar to the omnipod but has some advantages and some disadvantages. Both omnipod and Solo will send you non-functional demo versions of their pumps so you can wear them and see how you like them. Worth doing in my opinion. The other pump I would look at is the OneTouch Ping. It has some nice features, especially the wireless connectivity to the pump functions.

dyanne
dyanne 2009-09-30 10:34:09 -0500 Report

What do u mean by wireless.on the one touch Ping. I dont have it but my friend does and she said hers does have wires.or tubing, can u explain it better to me ? So I can let her know thank you
dyanne

kdroberts
kdroberts 2009-09-30 14:24:18 -0500 Report

With systems like the minimed and the spirit you use the control unit to figure stuff out but you have to program everything via the pump itself. With the ping and the Omnipod the control unit can send your instructions directly to the pump and the pump sends info to the control unit. I think that is a critical piece to good system since it means you don't have to fumble about with the pump itself and if you are a little self conscious it's a little more discrete. Also in this day and age it's ludicrous that other systems don't have wireless interaction between the pieces. The ping still has tubing, the omnipod doesn't.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2009-09-30 14:24:19 -0500 Report

With systems like the minimed and the spirit you use the control unit to figure stuff out but you have to program everything via the pump itself. With the ping and the Omnipod the control unit can send your instructions directly to the pump and the pump sends info to the control unit. I think that is a critical piece to good system since it means you don't have to fumble about with the pump itself and if you are a little self conscious it's a little more discrete. Also in this day and age it's ludicrous that other systems don't have wireless interaction between the pieces. The ping still has tubing, the omnipod doesn't.

dyanne
dyanne 2009-09-30 22:51:56 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for getting back to me my friend will appreciate the info. She does not use the computer so I try to keep her informed. She is type 1 and I"m type 2. She just recently went on the pump. Many thanks to u.
Dyanne

imsuzie2
imsuzie2 2009-10-01 02:32:07 -0500 Report

I started a new discussion, but will post this email I got here too. I do not use insulin or the pump, so I am only the messenger here…

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Sheri S
Sheri S 2009-10-08 21:08:42 -0500 Report

Hi Dyanne,

I have an Animas One Touch Ping pump and meter-remote system that I have been using for about a year.

The meter communicates through a radio frequency to the pump. The meter is sometimes referred to as the "remote" because you can test and then bolus if a correction is needed…the meter also lets you add any carb into the equation and will calculate BG and carbs to let you know the amount you need to bolus. You set the bolus amount and select GO on the meter and the meter will tell the pump to deliver the bolus amount needed. The meter also knows if there is IOB and has a "Food List" section to select from with carb values listed that the meter can add up for you. One of the other nice features is the EZ Manager software that comes with the ping. It allows you to download all of the meter remote information that is actually stored on your pump like when you go to the doctors office. You can create graphs and historical records and run reports to help monitor the areas that may need changes such as basal rates, I:C ratios etc. Hope this is helpful. Let me know if you have any other questions I might be able to answer :D
Sheri

2catty
2catty 2009-10-08 22:23:25 -0500 Report

I also have the animas ping with the remote. I love it to say the least. I almost went with the omnipod but there is to many pod failures. A lot of my friends have gotten the pod only to regret it. It is cheaper to start out with but becomes more expensive in the long run. The pod gets knocked off a lot and they start to leak out a lot also. Not to mention the adhesive does not want to stick to well. I already have had the pod demo, it was not to bad but it had not insulin in it, so it could not leak out on me. The adhesive did start to come off though.

Harlen
Harlen 2009-09-28 07:56:27 -0500 Report

I have the Medtronic 722
it has all the things the others do but it has tubes just like the older ones
the meater tells the pump what my BS is and I put in the carbs and it dose the rest.I love it.The pod looks good to me too,bur having it stuck to me scares me a bit I am on the go all the time and I will admit I am a bit of a cluts and I tend to bump things a bit so I felt that I would rip it off I did try it for a month and I liked it but it did get nocked off 4 times in that month so I whent with the Medtronic 722 and I am HAPPY with it.with the 722 you do get the cbgm and if I didnt feal my Bs lows I would get one with that featcher thank god I get high at 65 lol if theres anything I can help you wiht please let me know
Harlen