Insulin pump

LaSandra Dallas-Mounger
By LaSandra Dallas-Mounger Latest Reply 2011-02-24 19:16:51 -0600
Started 2011-02-09 11:34:30 -0600

I've been a diabetes for the past 32 years now and for the first time I'm about to try the Insulin pump. If there anybody out there who has one let me know what you think about it because I'm afraid of the new stuff..

10 replies

veggie1962 2011-02-10 09:23:03 -0600 Report

Hi LaSandra,

I've had challenges with hypos since I started insulin shots since my insulin needs are pretty low and apparently that's not uncommon for those in my situation. Docs kept telling me the best way was to go on a pump. I'm a dietitian and know what a pump is all about and the advantages it can offer. I, too, was wary of going on a pump. Finally, after going crazy trying to control the lows, I went on an OmniPod 2 mo ago. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about having something "on me" all the time and being really dependent on a piece of technology. I'm still working out the kinks in my basal rates and going through my pod learning curve but I don't see myself going back to MDI at this point. I feel so much better on the pump and I do have to admit that the lows are much less frequent esp the overnight ones so that's a blessing. I feel like I have more control over my daily schedule with a pump. Yes, there have been some technical issues a few times and it wasn't fun but things are better for me overall with the pump.

mammatamNE 2011-02-10 08:45:24 -0600 Report

Lasandra I've had a pump for 10 years now and it has been a godsend for me I use to have ketoasidosis quite alot until after I got on the pump and I haven't had an episode since, it has cut down on insulin reactions too!! It has made living with diabetes alot easier for me! I love having the pump versus taking shots several times daily!

Aaron1977 2011-02-09 21:27:48 -0600 Report

I've had the pump for 5 years now and it was an adjustment but I really like it. Its nice to have only 1 needle go in me every 3 days vs 6 or 7 everyday.

My only advice is to get comfortable with the infusion sets during your training meeting and don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions.

Rainerm 2011-02-09 18:13:28 -0600 Report

I remember the first time that I wore my pump. My husband and I went out to eat and I actually did not have to measure/alcohol swab/inject insulin. I just pushed a few buttons and that was it. It is great and I would never go back!

Harlen 2011-02-09 17:38:21 -0600 Report

I love it it has made my #'s better and ez to cover foods I use less insulin too
They can take my pump out of my dead hands maybe lol lol
If you have any Q just ask
Best wishes

sc1boy 2011-02-09 16:34:32 -0600 Report

I have been a diabetic for over 30 years myself and just got the pump in 2009and it has done wonders for my HbA1c. I was at a 12 and last time I was at a 8 so it has helped me. Yes you will have a few problems in the beginning but be patient and keep talking to your educator, they can help you out a lot.

Shug0500 2011-02-09 15:55:51 -0600 Report

I agree with kdroberts…expect some problems while you adjust to a pump. Just know that all your efforts will be worth it as a pump is a fabulous help in dealing with your diabetes. I'm a Type I, for 21 years now, and I've been pumping for the last 4. Took that long to get the Veterans' Hospital to authorize a pump for me and I've not regretted getting one for even one second!! Less than 4 weeks into using it you will ask yourself why you were ever nervous about getting one. Good luck.

realsis77 2011-02-09 13:55:11 -0600 Report

I don't have a pump I still use shots but I wanted to wish you the best of luck and I hope it all works out well for you! Hopefully you'll love the pump. I've spoken to many people with the pump and they all seem very happy with it. Keep us posted on how things are going with you and God bless :)

kdroberts 2011-02-09 11:42:09 -0600 Report

Based on what you have said, the biggest thing you have to do is not be afraid. If you go in optimistic and excited you will figure things out much quicker and have much more success than if you are constantly worried about it. Expect problems while you are adjusting to it, highs and lows, but realize that with some patience and tweaking you will have an amazing bit of kit that can really help.

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