insulin pumps

By lily54 Latest Reply 2013-02-12 11:10:16 -0600
Started 2010-06-21 12:51:29 -0500

I would like to know what anyone here can tell me about insulin pumps. I don't know much about them and have been thinking about looking into one. I am not sure what to do about getting one. Any advice or informtion?


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14 replies

Christie123456 2011-03-28 21:23:36 -0500 Report

Pumps are the way to go. So easy to learn how to use and a more effective way for managing diabetes. I have only been on my medtronic pump for a little over a year and I feel that it has increased my quality of life and hopefully added many years to my life.

Elrond 2010-06-24 00:06:51 -0500 Report

I've been on a Medtronics Paradigm pump for a few weeks now and I love it. My sugars are still averaging a little high as my diabetes Nurse Practitioner and I are still fine-tuning the settings. We're slowly tightening up the control, hopefully without driving my sugar too low. The freedom of not using a syringe 4 or 5 times a day is great. The catheter insertions are surprisingly less painful than an injection and only need done every 2 or 3 days. The most crucial part of living with the pump is proper carb counting. You need to give it an honest count of the carbs you're going to eat and it will figure out exactly how much insulin to give you (down to 1/10 unit). It even allows for any insulin that's still active in your system from a previous dose and any exercise you've told it about. It will beep to remind you to test 2 hours after a meal too. At first, I didn't trust mine and I was using a calculator to double-check it's dose calculations but it never made a mistake. Any time we didn't agree, I found that the mistake was mine.

starlight77 2010-06-23 23:10:33 -0500 Report

I've only seen the pump at a diabetes fair, down in the desert; and they looked complicated; but I'm reading the discussions here and it seems like they work as well or better than other methods.

ccritch 2010-06-23 14:33:20 -0500 Report

Hi Sheryl,

I am a diabetic for 9 years and am on insulin now for 5 out of the 9 years. Insulin shots were not helping me. I have just been put on an insulin pump and I am very pleased my sugars were running in the high 200-300, in just three weeks now my sugars are below 200-getting better couple of 80's and today 139 was my high and 90 was my low! Best decision I ever made.

Being on the pump is not a bad thing it can regulate you if you are having too many highs.

Good Luck and God Bless

Crashnot 2010-06-22 08:23:18 -0500 Report

Hi Sheryl!

After 42 years of taking injections (with a glass syringe initially!), I finally broke down and got onto the pump a bit over a year ago. The fact that Ontario pays for it helped!

I thought I would feel trapped by it, and, frankly, I was doing okay with just injections, so why spend the money? But the chance to try it, cost covered, was too much to pass up.

I wound up with the Medtronic Paradigm, after trying another brand that has since been discontinued. It's a lot of fun! Once you get used to being hung up on the tube now and then, I barely notice it's there during the day. The constant basal dose, every hour, all day, has been the biggest benefit to me, as none of the long-term insulins I was using really helped me.

The other thing I love is that at night I can sit down with my laptop and it wirelessly downloads every speck of information on my pump to review as graphs, charts, whatever you want. I have an in-your-face report of my carb intake, bolus/meal doses, and ongoing basal doses. This allows me to look for patterns that were not as obvious with just my blood meter information and record book. I can then make adjustments to the pump's programming, and it puts that into action for me.

The pump has NOT brought my A1c results down, but in the past month I made the radical change to pork-based insulin instead of synthetic. And wallah! My sugars stay much flatter during each day, and I don't have the spikes at night that I have never been able to work out. It costs me a small fortune at $100/month versus $30, but if I can crank that A1c down after all this time, it will certainly be worth it.

If you have a good insurance coverage, that will cover the pump, of your choice, the infusion set (tubing as I call it), insulin reservoirs, and such, I'd say go for it!

I would dearly love also to try that Omnipod that uses no tubing, but Canada won't cover the costs :-(

Lisa in Ontario

ccritch 2010-06-23 14:35:31 -0500 Report

Lisa right on you are! I love my pump also, it is easy to disconnect take showers, go swimming and it kind of looks like a large beeper LOL! I love it. I am glad I have it. Easy to put on and the Carb Counting has helped me also I have notice weight loss as well. I also am using a Medtronic Minimed Paradigm Revel and it has the usb link that hooks up to my computer and down loads all of my readings for two weeks at a time and my doctors get it straight to their computers. I don't have to do anything. They also come in Different Colors, I got the Pink I liked the color If they had Pine Green I would have chose that color.

God Bless Go yes for the Pump!

lily54 2010-06-21 20:42:14 -0500 Report

Hi! Thank you so much for all of the information! I have an appointment with my doctor next Monday and plan on discussing this furthr with her. I have talked with her already and she thinks that it would be a good idea for me to think about using a pump. So I will get some information lined up to take with me! I will probably be calling on all the expertise here at diabetic connect. Thanks again!

monkeymama 2010-06-21 18:19:14 -0500 Report

Hello there Sheryl! I can try to help you and give you a few pointers with insulin pump therapy. First of all, have you talked to your doctor, Endo, or educator about this option? The insulin pump acts just like a donor pancreas; except it in an external device and it is electronic. The insulin pump allows you freedom, flexibility, stability, and decrease in injections. With the insulin pump, you only change the catheter/inset every 2-3 days, compared to what you may be doing with injections. Instead of counting carb serving choices, you count whole carbs, which in my opinion is easier than other methods.

There are a couple of different insulin pump companies out there. The two most popular insulin pump companies is Medtronic and Animas. There is also Omni Pod, they have a wireless pump therapy unit. Where as Medtronic and Animas ha are wired insulin pumps (for now). The decision as to which one all depends on what YOU want in an insulin pump and what your insurance company will cover. The cost of the insulin pump will also depend on your insurance company. The prices vary by insurance type and what deal is set up with the insulin pump companies. If you go to this web site this will give you a comparison of all the different models, styles, and options available currently. I would suggest than ordering a couple of brochures and look them over. Bring them to your next doctors appointment and discuss this with him/her.

If you do decide you want to go to a insulin pump and you & your provider agree to this. There is two ways I know you could do this: either go through the providers office (if they offer this option) or you call the insulin pump company you want to go through and they can get the prescription for your pump. All you will have to do is fill out one form for information and sign a release to go through your doctor for the rest. Depending on the insurance company and what additional info they will require, it can take up to as much as 3 months or more before doing a pump start and education. If you have any other questions, I can help you. I have been a pumper for over 2 years now and am doing GREAT. I will never go back to the injections again. I have only had 2 (maybe 3 lows in that whole time frame). Best of luck to you!

kdroberts 2010-06-21 13:04:20 -0500 Report

They can be good and bad depending on what you want to get out of them and how you use them. The biggest drawback I can see with them is the cost. They are very expensive to buy and costly to run. Not all insurance companies cover them and the ones that do make you jump through a lot of hoops to get one. Even when they do get covered you still have a sizable bill. Here are some manufacturer websites for them 2010-06-23 19:47:52 -0500 Report

My son is covered by Medicaid. I highly doubt they will cover any of the pumps??

kdroberts 2010-06-23 19:55:42 -0500 Report

I believe they will, but it is not an easy thing to get done. Each manufacturer has their own department who deal with insurance companies and will be able to help figure out if medicaid will cover one and if so, what you need to do and how much it would cost you because I don't think they cover them 100%.

DualMc 2010-07-07 22:41:02 -0500 Report

I am on medicaid and they covered my pump, I have had it about a year now. as far as what pump to choose? do your homework (that's why God invented Google LOL) There are about 10 companies that make pumps, and talk to the pump representative about ins. coverage.

Starry20 2011-05-30 23:52:24 -0500 Report

Now I'm curious… I'm VERY active, so running, will the needle break or bend? I might start my own discussion on this, but, sleeping I roll and fall off the bed so, what will happen, my stupid doctor won't talk much about it, he put me on some kind of insulin like a year or two ago that I was only supposed to be on for 8 months, to prepare me for the pump but won't put me on it… Help me please… Even on this other persons. Comment

Happster 2013-02-12 11:10:16 -0600 Report

If you take large amounts of insulin they may not put you on it. I went from taking Kantus and humalog to just humalog. I am on the omnipod which only holds 200 units to last me 3 days. If you go through more then that it becomes too expensive to choose this model.

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