Insulin Pumps

junabelle
By junabelle Latest Reply 2008-07-18 03:18:56 -0500
Started 2008-07-12 06:05:13 -0500

Can anyone share with me what is it like to have the pump.Do you feel its wonderful, do you like it? Is it big, where do you put it? I have a million questions as I am beginning to see this may be my only choice left. Would appreciate any feed back.

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diabeticmidfielder
diabeticmidfielder 2008-07-18 02:58:17 -0500 Report

Besides what has already been said, I only have one thing to say, which may sound anti-pump—the truth is that I'm all for the pump, I simply have one more comment besides what has been said.

Once you have a pump, controlling your diabetes will seem so much easier. You'll find that when you go high, you simply press a couple buttons and just like that you're blood sugar is coming down. This convenience is the downfall of the pump for me.

When I was on shots, diabetes management was constant mostly because I didn't want to take more shots than I had to, but also because the management was less subtle; I had to actually sit down, figure out the amount of insulin based on glucose readings and carbs, draw up the dosage, and deliver the insulin.

Now, I can use my "touch bolus" button and deliver insulin in seconds without even glancing down. I have found that this convenience can lead to lazy diabetes care.

As I said in the beginning, the convenience is really what we are all searching for. After all, the thing we all want to do is live a happy normal life even with the challenge that has been placed in front of us. So, with all that said, this may be more of a warning—do everything you can to maintain constant vigilance in your diabetes care if/when you get a pump. Don't let the convenience lull you into thinking that diabetes care is no longer a big deal. It is! It is your health we are talking about, not some sidenote to your life.

Sorry for rambling, what I wanted to say probably could have taken one paragraph.

morris.js
morris.js 2008-07-18 03:18:56 -0500 Report

This is a very good point and I'm glad you brought it up. I'm no longer on a pump, or insulin, but I too found it easy to get off track with my care when I was on it. Thank you for brining it up and warning others of that one downfall.

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2008-07-14 12:40:14 -0500 Report

I've been using an insulin pump for about one and a half years. Overall, I really like it. I was taking a minimum of 5 shots a day, so its nice not to have to do that. Also, it allows me to take such small doses for little things that I used to just leave off because it wasn't worth another shot to me. I'll try to give you my list of pros/cons.

Pros:
Adjustable basals. Lantus insulin wasn't working for me because it didn't last the full 24 hours. Also, I need a lot less insulin at night than during the day, so I was having lots of middle of the night lows. The pump has helped me bring those down by a huge margin! I also can avoid highs a lot easier too.

More Freedom in your schedule. I'm a high school teacher, so during the week, I'm up at 5:30 am and have breakfast by 6:30. With the pump, I don't have to try and stick to that schedule on the weekends. Without it, I didn't, but it caused me some dramatic lows… scary.

Adjustment for exercise: I wanted to lose weight (not a lot, but some). Every time I'd exercise though, I'd drop low. With the pump, if I exercise, I just adjust my basal temporarily so that I don't go low.

Those are just a few of the pros… here's the cons.

Cons:

Price. Even with insurance, the pump cost me a chunk of change initially and adds about 60-80 a month to my medical expenses. Its costly, and the insurance companies won't let you stock up any extra… if the pump site goes bad early, its a little rough to figure out what to do.

Pain. I don't have a lot of extra fat on me, so I have a hard time finding spots to put my pump sites that don't sting at least a little. Also, if its pushed against, it'll hurt. Right now I have it in on my left hip. I can't sleep on my left side (which I normally do) because it stabs at me.

Where to put it? They aren't huge — bigger than a cell phone or pager, but not horrible. Still, sometimes I'd like to hide it. It also makes your diabetes very visible to everyone else. I'd never had people approach me about it at random until I had a pump. I don't mind, but to some people that might be a problem.

Hope that helps! I really like having it and wouldn't go back… but it can come at a cost. Good luck! Feel free to send me a message if you have any other questions.