Pump users

Pam S
By Pam S Latest Reply 2009-11-27 17:11:01 -0600
Started 2009-11-11 20:32:44 -0600

Hi all. I am getting ready to go on the pump (Omnipod to be exact). The company called me the other day with some of the information. Has anyone here done a comparison of cost effectiveness with the pump compared to injecting shots several times a day? I am really curious. I found the costs they gave me were sort of high…

21 replies

Piper5 2009-11-19 00:10:34 -0600 Report

Hi Pam, I'm on a Medtronic pump since February 09. I was doing 7-8 shots a day. Diabetic for 34 years now. I really love my pump. I don't know much about other brands, but I feel they would all be beneficial compared to shots. My A1c is better. My energy is better, my life in general is better because I don't feel so limited in what I can do and not do. Good luck with your pump.

Pam S
Pam S 2009-11-19 05:26:45 -0600 Report

thanks Piper. I have been fighting with myself over getting a pump to begin with (over a year to decide). I'm not sure what kept me (fear probably) getting on a pump. But I decided the one without the hoses and connections is better for me (the Omnipod was my choice). I hope it does what people tell me. That things will get better and I won't feel like I'm strapped to times and needles. Thanks for your comment:)

stephensyu1 2009-11-15 21:21:26 -0600 Report

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Pam S
Pam S 2009-11-18 19:32:10 -0600 Report

I wonder…do most pumps cost around the same amount?? Thank you by the way…I am waiting for my pump to arrive. I just sent the company my sugar numbers for the last 60 days…lol…I don't think they are smiling…

GiGiB 2009-11-18 20:02:48 -0600 Report

Are you getting the OmniPod? I recently talked to a woman in the Reserve's who was going on the OmniPod as well. I have a few pointers on how to get the adhesive to stay on better. Let me know when u get it.


lettie82869 2009-11-15 19:11:37 -0600 Report

I think my pump is wonderful. I have a Medtronic 722 it is the 3rd pump I have used all Medtronic all have been upgraded so I have been using an insulin pump for about 11 years now and I love it. As for cost I used to have wonderful insurance and none of my pumps have cost me anything and my supplies all used to be covered except for my insulin and now I hve to pay 20% for them but I would never go back to shots. My pump gave me my life back no more blood sugar swings, no more having to eat if I wasn't hungry, no more worries on sick days, no more worrying about if I was going to be able to stop what I was doing to eat at a certain time. Now I feel almost as if I don't have diabetes sometimes and trust me you will get used to wearing your pump and after a while you will probably forget you have it on. If I can help with any other questions please let me know.

Crashnot 2009-11-12 13:07:37 -0600 Report

I just started pumping in February, and am OK with it. After 40 years of injections, it's meant some changes, but most good!

The one not so good thing IS the price! I used to do 4+ injections a day. I used the same syringe all of them, as my doctor told me to do 30 years ago when multiple injections were starting to be encouraged. Never saw a reason to change and never had a problem with reusing them, although the needle does get a little dull toward the end of the day!

One 25-cent syringe, times 7 days a week equaled $1.75 in supplies. The tubing for my pump I'd have to sit down and figure out again, but it's got to be close to $15.

If I was maintaining good control on the syringe, even with 4/day, I would. But waiting to see if the pump can bring those under control. I was recently diagnosed with another immune disease, Celiac, and eliminated wheat, barley and rye glutens from my life is finally helping get things back in line. Who knows, maybe I'll go back to injections? :-)

Pam S
Pam S 2009-11-12 18:20:07 -0600 Report

celiac disease…wow…thats tuff…I really hope that works out for you…If you have celiac, is it easier just to do injections????

Crashnot 2009-11-13 12:51:33 -0600 Report

Celaic doesn't really affect the diabetes, but the nutritional deficiencies it created probably led to a lot of my widely swinging sugars. Anytime I eat flour it wipes out the lining of my intestines until they can rebuild, and of course eating flour-based foods every day meant I never had a chance and thus was becoming deficient in most vitamins and minerals. Now that I can get back on track (never big on bread anyway!) it should prevent the eating problems that led to high sugars. I'll stick with the pump, but wouldn't mind cutting costs to go back to syringes if I could!

Pam S
Pam S 2009-11-18 19:29:43 -0600 Report

well i wish you well with celiac…that has to be very difficult. I just cant imagine what it must be like. Just trying to diet alone for diabetes is hard less alone finding food you can eat. Thank you for sharing.

GiGiB 2009-11-12 10:11:09 -0600 Report

I have been using OmniPod for almost 3 years now. In the long run, due to such good control with the pump, I have less office visits to the doctor. I only go 2 times a year now and once a year to the retinal specialist. The pump - wheter its OmniPod or Medtronic is awesome to have!


Pam S
Pam S 2009-11-12 11:19:57 -0600 Report

well thats good to hear. thanks for adding your comment. I will still have to take levemir, but the pod is for my fast acting insulin…How programmable is your ominipod???

GiGiB 2009-11-12 12:35:11 -0600 Report

It is very easy to use. I upgraded my pump recently on my own dime and was able to program it with the training video on their site.

Harlen 2009-11-11 20:59:20 -0600 Report

Yes the pod is the highest price in the long run. I have the medtronic 722
It has a high start up but over the long run it is a lot less.depending on your ins.I love my pump life is so much better on it then it was befor.
the biggest thing to do atfirst is check Bs a lot till you know how its going to work with you.I cant stresss how much you need to do this .there are some pumpers here and I know we all will be glad to help you with any Q you mite have. Best wishes

Pam S
Pam S 2009-11-12 05:59:16 -0600 Report

Thanks for your reply. I do appreciate it. I was just sort of blown away by the pump figures. The portion Ihave to pay is high…I know I don't want to keep taking 7 shots a day (more or less) but the expensive is up there…

Harlen 2009-11-12 09:59:35 -0600 Report

I was doing 8 to 10 a day and the pump has been a life saver I dont have all the ups and downs I had befor.
I have ok ins but I had to spend 572.00
to start on the pump and I would do it every year if I had to.It lets me live my life without all the shots thank god
Its the best way to take care of my Diabetis and I hope you will love yours as much.
Go to the pump school at the minimed site lots of good info there on the pumps
Best wishes

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