Is an Insulin pump right for my wife?

jayabee52
By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2013-03-28 02:45:39 -0500
Started 2009-12-12 02:25:38 -0600

My new bride is T2 diabetic, along with other serious medical problems. She has been having high afternoon & bedtime readings. She was asking if maybe it was time to seriously consider an insulin pump.

I am asking anyone who has an insulin pump or knows about them to give us some of your insights about insulin pumps and your assessment of whether or not she would be a good candidate for a pump.

A little more about my "Jem" :[you can see a wedding photo on my profile page]
Some of the medical challenges she is facing is [1]She is totally blind (@ age 14 due to Retinitis Pigmentosa)
[2] She has Congestive Heart Failure, which she says is the cause of her diabetes.
yet she is not a candidate for a transplant due to her Lupis [SLE]
she also has COPD and Kidney disease..

Insight or suggestions anyone?


22 replies

jayabee52
jayabee52 2009-12-19 22:25:30 -0600 Report

Thanks everyone for your input & suggestions. We talked about it with Jem's diabetes nurse & came to the conclusion that it was not the best idea to pursue the pump for her.

BLC
BLC 2009-12-19 22:46:14 -0600 Report

I just wanted to add that I was on a pump for one year and it didn't work out for me. But everyone is different. I also wanted to tell you congratulations on your marriage. Your wedding pictures were beautiful and I also loved the picture of you and your sons. You are blessed.

KarenH
KarenH 2009-12-12 17:20:37 -0600 Report

I am on insulin and don't know about the pump but I did want to add that your wedding pictures are lovely. I am happy that you and your wife found each other. Best Wishes, Karen

jayabee52
jayabee52 2009-12-13 23:11:43 -0600 Report

Thank you for your kind words & wishes Karen! I too am glad we found one another too. We met online on the Dating4Disabled website. She in San Francisco area & me in Las Vegas. When I think of it, it is truly amazing. I didn't want to date anyone outside of the greater Las Vegas area and when Jem learned I was in Las Vegas she didn't want to email me. Her friend encouraged her to email me saying that "He'll be a friend, it's not like you're going to marry him" We still laugh about that.

creig
creig 2009-12-12 14:55:05 -0600 Report

ONE CAN NEVER SAY NEVER BUT SHE NEEDS TO DISCUSS THIS WITH HER DOCTOR. ARE THESE JUST SPIKES OR IS SHE CONSTANTLY HIGH AT THESE TIMES. USUALLY THE PUMP IS FOR A TYPE ONE, AND IT WILL LEVEL OUT THE SPIKES BOTH HIGH AND LOW. THERE IS A LARGE LEARNING CURVE TO THE PUMP BUT IT ALLOWED MY SISTER TO CUT HER INSULIN IN HALF. IT HELPED HER GREATLY. CREIG

jayabee52
jayabee52 2009-12-12 16:00:37 -0600 Report

Thanks Creig for both of your replies so far.

I was afraid that the pumps might just be for T1s. Yes, we were planning to discuss this with the Dr, but we wanted to check with y'all to see if we should even bring it up. We log her BG readings 3x/day. AM is usually good coming in at around 150 avg, but then we take her mid-afternoon readings & and usually they are 250 to 400 [but yesterday the reading was over 600 - higher than the meter could read] and bedtime readings are in the 300 to 400 range [yesterday's bedtime was 495 - This AM's was 123] So it seems more like one big spike during the day. The reason for her rise is a combination of nutritional needs plus allergies to most synthetic sweeteners and her medically [drug] induced anorexia. She gives the Drs who care for her a challenge, for sure.

again, thanks for your replies
best wishes
James.

skyfeather
skyfeather 2009-12-12 17:47:51 -0600 Report

I too have diabetes, and have seriously looked into getting the omni pod. But when I aproach my dr, he just says your not ready for it. I'm T1 and with my sugars as high as they have been. Daily 300's. I am what dr said was I'm what they call a "Brittle Diabetic"…
But just cause I don't know much about the pumps, go to the omni pod site, they will send you a sample pod to wear aound, on outside of body. Just to see if you like it.
that said, I'm glad your caring for your wife in this manner.

Have a good day!

ptsparkle
ptsparkle 2009-12-12 11:26:23 -0600 Report

Don't know a thing about pumps, but can tell a bunch about your character. Your bride is a very lucky woman to have found you. Bless you for the man you are. Best wishes.
Jim

jayabee52
jayabee52 2009-12-12 14:37:23 -0600 Report

Thank you so very much for saying that Jim, my wife tells me that all the time, but then again we're newlyweds. ~LoL~ That was kind of you to say that.

Harlen
Harlen 2009-12-12 09:15:17 -0600 Report

The pump
It has saved my life.
No more big swings "No more shots " weeeeeee
Much better controle
You may wish to go to Medtronic and do the pump school it will teach you a lot and help you understand how it works better then I can
I love my pump it is my best frend lol
Best wishes
Harlen

packrat2
packrat2 2009-12-12 09:35:10 -0600 Report

Hi..jayabee52..cost is high {over $6000}..and being blind would be a problem…best regards packrat2

jayabee52
jayabee52 2009-12-12 14:54:06 -0600 Report

Thanks for that info, Packrat. Fortunately we have a medicare advantage insurance plan [for now at least - unless congress messes with it] and I'd expect that at least some of the cost would be covered by them.

What kind of a problem would being blind be to use a pump? What kind of things would she need to see to do with the pump?

best regards
James

creig
creig 2009-12-12 14:59:39 -0600 Report

WITH THE ADVANCEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY, THERE COULD NOW BE A SPEACH REVIEW OR BRAIL. IN REGULAR USE THE PUMP WILL GIVE YOU A MORE ACCURATE CURRENT READING WITHOUT ALWAYS PRICKING THE FINGER, AND A PERSON MUST LEARN HOW TO GIVE "BOLIS(SP)" DOSES TO COUNTERACT WHATEVER IS EATEN OR DRANK

packrat2
packrat2 2009-12-13 19:14:55 -0600 Report

interring carbs. and the bolus on to the pump would be a problem..I think, look up Medtronic pump on the net and see what you think…best regards packrat2

jayabee52
jayabee52 2009-12-12 15:18:36 -0600 Report

Thanks for reply Harlen. Your reply spoke of why we thought it would be good for her to use the pump.

best regards
James

hbkunkel
hbkunkel 2009-12-12 07:33:44 -0600 Report

I wish I could give you advice but I can't. Just wanted to say good luck with everything.
Betsie

jayabee52
jayabee52 2009-12-12 15:23:54 -0600 Report

Thanks for your kind words and wishes Betsie
best regards ~James

snuggles11
snuggles11 2013-03-27 20:35:37 -0500 Report

Jayabee52
Just wanted to let you know that your wedding
Photo is really nice !
Wish y'all the best !

jayabee52
jayabee52 2013-03-28 02:45:39 -0500 Report

Why thank you Snuggles!

Unfortunately she has passed from this life in July 2010 but she was such a significant part of my life (even if only a couple years) that I like to remember her on anniversaries. I plan to do more of that in the future.

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