One Touch Insulin Pump

By akearl Latest Reply 2011-02-19 03:21:13 -0600
Started 2011-01-31 15:54:06 -0600

Has anyone tried the one touch pump? It looks really cool and i would like to know if its worth getting. I am newly diagnosed type 1 and will start using a pump in a few months.

16 replies

mumbleypeg 2011-02-02 21:08:27 -0600 Report

I have been on a pump for 6 years now. Been on a One Touch Ping for 1.5 years.
6 or 7 shots daily compared to the pump, ask anyone, it makes life much easier.
I have BCBS insurance and they covered the pump 100 % and supplies @ 90%.
I'm sure all insurance does not cover that well. But for those who have the
opportunity to go to a pump as opposed to multiple shots, go for it, you'll be
glad you did.

izzybet 2011-02-01 16:46:55 -0600 Report

is convience really the reason for the pump? and most insurances don't pay??? i have been curious and had planned on asking my doctor…

akearl 2011-02-01 16:57:34 -0600 Report

my doctor said that the pump can give smaller amounts of insulin that the shot cant give and it can give the insullin and check your sugar levels faster. All insurance companies cover some sort of a pump but may not cover the one you like. My dad is in the military and the only glucose meter they cover is prestige but the do have the one touch pump thankfully.

mas14years 2011-01-31 20:12:32 -0600 Report

Hey, I am on the one touch and I have the pink one. I really like it and the meter it comes with. You can totally hide the meter, check your sugars, and give yourself insulin from your meter without touching your pump. I think my sugars do much better with the pump rather than injections. Good luck to you and I think its worth it!

Harlen 2011-02-01 08:49:35 -0600 Report

I do love not having to tuch the pump I wish my ins comp would pay for one of the good ones lol
But I do love my pump
Best wishes

akearl 2011-01-31 22:24:47 -0600 Report

Thanks for the input! That sounds so cool! I saw a flyer for it and thought i would ask if its as good as it seems. Im in college and always on the go so i think this will be very convenient. It takes too much time to prime the needles in between my breaks so i can eat and i hate having to step out of lecture to check my sugars so i dont distrupt the class.

Rainerm 2011-02-01 12:16:51 -0600 Report

When I was in college, I always let my instructors know (mostly smaller classes) that I had Type 1 and they were always really cool about me leaving as needed. It also made me feel less uncomfortable about leaving to test/take insulin. Also, when I had to take big standardized qualification tests before graduation, I put in a request for accomodations and had my own hall pass to leave as needed. REALLY eased my anxiety! :) Hopefully the pump makes things easier for you!

akearl 2011-02-01 12:51:15 -0600 Report

I go to a small private college which allows for a better relationship with the teachers. I made sure to tell them all that i have type 1 just incase i need to leave class. Was it hard for you during final exams to stay up and study? i get so tired and go to bed by 11:00 now. Im a science major so the studying can get overwhelming at times. i normally study until 1am sometimes 2am during final exams so I am just worried that i wont be able to do that :[

Rainerm 2011-02-01 21:10:29 -0600 Report

I really try not to stress my self out because it increases my numbers. I was never a big study person, lol…but now that I am working (I am a 4th/5th grade teacher) and going to grad school and a mom, I make sure that I do a little each day and not all at once. My current graduate class is on Saturdays and I try to do my work at my computer during my lunch break throughout the week (obviously while I test/insulin/eat) rather then all at once Friday night. Which is hard for me because I would rather procrastinate and wait until the last minute. :) My advice would be to review your material, feel confident in what you know, and then get as much sleep as you can before test/presentations. It also helps to have snacks/lunch/sugar prepared and ready the night before. I can honestly say that as a teacher, I have had kids fall asleep on me when I am try to assess them, and I when that happens they don't get the scores they would had they slept better!

mas14years 2011-02-01 12:01:47 -0600 Report

Yes, it allows you to be a lot more flexible. It does seem like a lot to learn at first and you will have to test like a maniac for a while, but it is really nice when every time you check it comes back a good number.

Rainerm 2011-01-31 20:24:35 -0600 Report

I am with minimed, but that sounds awesome! Is it wireless? Someone I worked with had one that was wireless (not sure which brand) and she used almost like a palm pilot/iphone to give herself insulin. It just seemed so much better than pulling your pump out of wherever you have it hidden and taking your insulin. Thank god for technology!

kdroberts 2011-02-01 12:05:09 -0600 Report

It's wireless but not tubeless. You can either use it wirelessly or push the buttons on the pump. The omnipod is wireless as well but it's also tubeless, although you can only use it wirelessly.

There is a wireless add on you can buy for minimed pumps. It kind of looks like a key fob for a car with central locking. It's not great since you still have to figure out the dose and then keep pressing the button until you have dosed correctly.

Rainerm 2011-02-01 12:09:15 -0600 Report

Yeah, that is the downfall for the minimed. You still have to add everything in your head. Too much for me these days. LOL. Me thinks I depend on my pump too much to do my math! ;)

mas14years 2011-02-01 11:59:47 -0600 Report

The pump works with radio frequency waves. I have a good friend who wears her pump in her bra lol, so she checks her sugar and doses from her meter. I usually keep mine in my pocket. it is so nice though to have the option to not pull it out sometimes.

Harlen 2011-01-31 17:53:05 -0600 Report

I dont know of it but I do love may Medtronic pump so I would think that they all are fairly good
Best wishes

WendyFR 2011-02-19 03:21:13 -0600 Report

Hi Harlen, I have the medtronic pump as well. I've had it for 2 years now. I don't mind if I have to take it out and push bottons, I'm not embarrased of having diabetes. I'm just glad no more shots after 24 years of shots, lets just say the pump is a great invention. :)