Insulin Pumps

By nakedbaboon Latest Reply 2010-04-25 15:05:07 -0500
Started 2010-04-21 16:11:24 -0500

I finally got to talk to a Diabetic Educator who told me to throw away my sliding scale and showed me how to count carbs!! Yeah maybe not as many highs now!! They mentioned Insulin Pumps the Medtronic Minimed to be exact. They say it has CGM and can really help for tight control plus 2 sticks every 3 days Vs. 5+ a day. Just wondering on thought from people who have done both.

Also what was cost difference? I understand every insurance is different just wanting some sort of clue.

8 replies

nakedbaboon 2010-04-22 01:27:40 -0500 Report

Thank you guys for the thoughts. Zimoss hopefully I am never close enough to the fire to make a difference as it would be under bunker gear. We do 99% wildland fires but that is something I did not even think about. That Omnipod looks neat too but the thing I like about the Minimed is the CGM in same unit. Decisions decisions. I like to be the cool kid with the latest tech.

P.S. The Bayer Contour USB is great had it for about 2 weeks and love it. Will post product review once I have had it for a month or 2 but man it gives ALOT of info!

Zimoss 2010-04-21 23:27:58 -0500 Report

Since you are a volunteer fire fighter…this is just my opinion, but you might be better off not using a pump while on the job since the heat from a fire could mess up the insulin.

If you had already considered that, then I would suggest a wireless pump so that when you are climbing, lifting, and pulling/ pushing it will not have any tubes accidentally get pulled out.

I was looking into pumps, but decided that since my usage is so high that it was not cost effective for me to use one…but I did really like the look/ feel of the omnipod. They do have a demo version that is a nonworking unit that you could try if you're interested.

Harlen 2010-04-21 21:51:20 -0500 Report

I am on the Medtronic 722 and I love it I stil test 4 times a day more if I feel I need too.I do the carb thing and it works better then anything I have tried befor .
my insulin is 10 every 3 months but thats thrue the inc comp and I spend 600 a year on the insets .much better then taking 12 shots a day.I had to lay out 700.00 for the pump the inc coverd the rest of it.
Hope this helps.
Best wishes

HAIRLOVERS 2010-04-25 15:05:07 -0500 Report

My daughter counts carb too and her limit is 60 carbs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Or 1 unit for every 5 carbs if shes going over but it jhave to be an exact carb amount or she will give too much insulin and crash later, but she gets 3 snacks for 15 carbs each between meals and she only weighs 102lbs for 14yrs. She has a small frame and have no other health issues so this is how we do it. She gets insulin for breakfast and dinner only unless she is overs 200 before lunch after testing. THA CARB COUNTING IS THE BEST WAY FOR US TO KEEP HER HA1C UNDER 14!

GabbyPA 2010-04-21 20:21:35 -0500 Report

There are a ton of discussions on pumps. I don't use one, so I can't share my thoughts, but these guys can.

I could not locate it, but there is one posted by a police officer who was asking where to place the pump with her uniform. I have heard great things about them and the freedom that people have now that they have one.

nakedbaboon 2010-04-21 16:19:47 -0500 Report

P.S. I am a Volunteer Firefighter in the town I live in so sometimes I have to throw on bunker gear quickly would this affect this at all?