Insuln Pump knowledge needed.

By unlucky_one Latest Reply 2010-10-18 13:52:18 -0500
Started 2010-10-04 23:20:11 -0500

Hello Group. I've been told am a candidate for an insuln pump. Received a demo from Medtronics. Unit is about size of a small test meter and adheres to the body. Worried about unit on stomach, leg, arm, etc. No tubing is the focal point. Zero knowledge on insuln pumps makes me very wary. Any help with your own models, ideas and likes and dis-likes with all ???

8 replies

sc1boy 2010-10-18 13:52:18 -0500 Report

I have one from medtronics and I love it. I have had keto quite a few times and it was not good. Since I have had the pump I haven't had any trouble I have had a few low and highs but I have been doing good. I use the paradigm and it figures the bolus after I do my bg and add the carbs in it. It is not a tubeless pump but I still love it cause it has helped me with my health and to be here for my family. I have had it about a year and I started it around thanksgiving of last year. I have done well over the holidays, and have been doing better since I have been on it.

deannadee05 2010-10-06 12:05:55 -0500 Report

I dont have Diabetes myself but my 4 year old daughter does. She has been pumping for almost a year we use the one touch ping, We love it she does really well with it, She has tubing but it doesnt get in the way. Im so glad we have her on the pump she was up to 7 shots a day before the pump. With the one touch ping the meter that comes with it is also a remote for the pump , That would be something to look into I love it

GabbyPA 2010-10-06 14:53:38 -0500 Report

I think it speaks volumes that a 4 year old can use this device. That is a great testament to how far we have come in the treatment methods we have available to us.

Harlen 2010-10-05 12:54:13 -0500 Report

I did the pump school at Medtronic and that gave me the info I needed to run my pump .
Just go to the medtronic pump school online
ZBest wishes

sistina 2010-10-05 12:32:14 -0500 Report

Gabby, if I hadnt gone on the insulin pump when I did I wouldnt be alive today. I have seizures related to low/.high blood glucose levels. I've coded several times and required CPR to resistate me. Now I have a DNR but still. My kids are 25 and 30, I'd like to be a grandmother some day. Thanks to my pump I might actually get my wish. Beg,wheedle,threaten or blackmail your endo but GET your life back.


kdroberts 2010-10-05 08:47:21 -0500 Report

I would say the biggest consideration initially is how it will be paid for. They are very expensive and have fairly high ongoing monthly costs. Insurance companies may or may not cover them or they may only cover a specific one or they may make you jump through hoops to get one covered.

The other problem you have is either medtronic didn't demo for you or they didn't demo their pump or they had a pump that is not currently on the market. Currently Insulets Omnipod is the only tubeless pump on the market the rest, including all medtronics, have tubing that attaches to your body and then onto the pump, the pump is clipped somewhere on your clothes, wherever is comfortable. Medtronic are working on a tubeless one and there are a couple of others in development but from what I understand none are going to be available for at least another year or so.

Here are the pumps available

Here are some in development

Elrond 2010-10-04 23:56:25 -0500 Report

I've been using a pump for a few months but mine has tubing. I looked at the one you're talking about, the Omnipod, but I'm a VA patient and they wouldn't buy that one for me. I believe you'll love it. All brands require extensive education before you're 'turned loose' with the pump. And after that, there's a period of adjustment while small changes are made to get it all set up to match your body and lifestyle. The most important factor is for you to become adept at carbohydrate counting. The pump can only act on the data you give it about your intended carb intake. If you tell it you plan to eat 30 grams of carb and then eat only 15, it will overdose you every time. So expect your doctor or diabetes educator to make you jump through a few hoops. It's not meanness; he or she needs to be sure you can handle things.
But once you can handle it, expect the best blood sugar control you've ever seen. Also, you'll have much more flexibility in food choices and meal timing. And a big plus is not needing to inject yourself several times a day. You'll need to change units on a certain schedule; I change about once every 3 days but I'm not sure about the Omnipod. The changes are even less painful than an injection and very little trouble once you learn the procedure.
In all, you won't be able to forget that you're diabetic but the pump makes being diabetic much easier to live with.