Pumps!! do they ever get in the way??

By roshy Latest Reply 2010-09-15 13:14:02 -0500
Started 2010-08-30 16:41:56 -0500

Hi pumpers! this is a question in which i would love a lot of feed back!
I have been determined to switch from needles to pump for a long time now as i have done all the research on all the positives and negatives.

A big draw back i can only find on the pump is that it is always there 24/7. I work in social care and on a regular basis i ham lifting patients/ children, washing them, feeding them and am uncomfortable with the feeling of knowing that at any time my pump could get tugged at, yanked, trampled on dropped banged etc!! at least with the needles its used four times a day then put away in the bag!

Id also like to ask if you pumpers, do they find it hard to sleep with the pump at night time??
I have the tendeancy to twist and turn during the night and have this image if myself waking up in the morning tangled in my on cannula!!

What about those moments of passion with your partner, un pumping for an hour and manking sure ur hooked up an hour later might be a bit of a mood killer, does it ever bother you?

So do any of pumpers find the pump invasive or even a pain in the back side !! or is it just something over time you get used to??

Also if you work in the same line of work as me, how do you find working along side you pump; does it make life any harder and please share any experiences/advice you have

Thanks a mill


7 replies

klfrcmom 2010-09-15 13:14:02 -0500 Report

I'm considering a pump… and have the same concerns… what about the "bump' it leaves on your clothes? Do people mistake it for a colostomy bag or anything? That would be horrible, I think.

Do you shower with it on? Do you take it off when intimate w/your partner? does it set off metal detectors??

Elrond 2010-09-01 02:33:50 -0500 Report

What works best for me is an elastic belt I purchased at Amazon.com. Medtronic sells a similar belt and I'm sure other companies do also. The belt is adjustable using a velcro closure and has a pouch just the proper size for the pump. I can wear it under clothing or with no other clothing when the situation calls for it. The pouch can be easily moved around to whichever side of your body is most convenient. For instance, I rarely sleep on my back so I usually have the pump in the small of my back when I go to bed. If I decide to turn on my back, I can slide it around to the side. For intimate moments, the same is true, it's easy to move as needed, just be sure not to exceed the reach of the tubing. Excess tubing can be tucked under the belt. Being under clothing, the pump is invisible most of the time and fairly well protected. I've never had a problem with it being bumped or interfered with.

monkeymama 2010-08-31 00:12:12 -0500 Report

Hello there Roisin! I am a nursing student and face these issues being a insulin pumper. Never has mine gotten in the way of me functioning properly. They do have cases where you can carry your pump, meter, and that with you and still not effect you. You can place your insulin pump in more than just around your waist as well. I sleep, swim, and shower with mine with no problem. What helped me get used to is, before I did a "pump start", I would begin just wearing the unit (no batteries in it and not attached to me) and get used to how it feels. I also looked at and bought some awesome cases to help me with working and wearing a insulin pump. I am a VERY OPEN person about my insulin pump. Never has it effected my love life with my husband. I mean you can take a pump off for a "little bit" like for swimming, showering, love making, and that. I just happen to have a pump that is waterproof up to 12ft. of water. I LOVE my insulin pump and I do not regret for 1 minute my choice to get one. It has been a good sent gift for me in my life. I have been a pumper for almost 3 years now and have only had about 2-3 lows. I have more flexibility and control of me. Inserting the inset (canula) is a breeze and can be done one handed. They do make different lengths for the cord as well and they have a cordless pump model out there as well. The batteries in my model last me 6-8 months before I have to change them (using Lithium). If you have any more questions, I would be more than willing to try to help in any way that I can. Just drop me a line! Best of wishes to you!

Crashnot 2010-08-30 21:31:07 -0500 Report

I've had a pump for about 18 months now after 40 years of injections. I also have a 4- and 6-year old to lift, wrestle and tumble with, and I do a lot of gardening plus chores for our chickens and horses. The pump rarely gets in my way. The only time I really notice it is when the clip on the belt holder pinches my skin. For the type of work you are doing, I'd probably use the elastic belt with pocket for the pump. It will keep it closer to your body and be harder to get hung up with it. I have had the needle yanked out twice when it slipped off my waistband and fell to the floor. So for you I'd think the elastic pocket band would do the trick.

At night I either put it in a sock, pinned inside my nightie, or more often just clip it under my arm for my tank-style jammies. Only rarely do I need to slide it out of the way at night.

As for sex? I think men at large are more interested in the end result than any obstacles. Hasn't been a problem here!

Harlen 2010-08-30 19:16:06 -0500 Report

First off I love my pump.
It never gets in the way ,you can have it in your pants,dress,bra,in the last year and 1/2 I have had it pulled out only one time and I did that lol .
I always keep a set with me always.Just like you keep your meeter handy
One thing you may not know is that you will use less insulin then you do now.
Have you done the pump school at Medtronic yet?
that helped me a lot.
Like I sed my pump never gets in my way.
Hope this helps
Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions
Best wishes

Mair 2010-09-01 00:27:16 -0500 Report


I am very active and have parrots who would chew a hole in the tubbing of a pump in a heart beat. I opted for the omni pod, it is wireless and small, they will send you one without insulin to try. It took me some time to get used to because you have it on 24/7. It dose not hurt when the canula is inserted, it is like a rubber band snapping against your skin. The omni pod is changed about every day and a half. Some users get three days out of it.

The part that is most difficult for me is the darn control device PDM because it beeps when the pump is getting low on insulin and any other warning.
I was on a job interview and it began beeping to tell me there was 9 u of insulin left. There is no way to disable the beep. Everything has a draw back but I am glad I am on the pump and not the shots. Also be prepared to fight with your insurence co. I had to have proofthat I was on a high dose of insulin and severly insulin resistant and have documentation it I had attended classes on carb counting and nutrition. This was with Capital Blue Cross.

You can follow the link to the website if you like: www.myomnipod.com
Hope this helps a bit.

roshy 2010-09-01 14:49:38 -0500 Report

Hi maier!!

I was with my doctor today actually and asking him about the omnipod and unfortunately i live in Dublin Ireland and that pump isnt available to us yet!! the health system is rubbish here!

As for the beep!! well that would drive me mad!! but

Thanks everyone for replying, you have all defo out my mind at ease!! im very excited to start pumping!! The doctor was well impressed with my progress and is going to enrole my in a carb counting class!! im very very excited at this point!! right now my sugars are all over the place and i guess u all know how tiring it can be !!
i have to say i am quite anxious about using it , as my doctor says its a tool and can really work wonders if its used properly but im quite attached to my needles and see them as a security blanket: as in i know how to use them and its not a complicated system !! im afraid i mightened be able to use the pump and make me feel more restricted then i already am!! how ever nearly everyone loves th pump when they get used to it so hopefully ill never look back!!