Insulin Pump

By Steve45694 Latest Reply 2011-02-27 16:17:34 -0600
Started 2011-02-21 20:56:21 -0600

I am thinking about talking to my doctor about an insulin pump. I would like some input on this. Pros & cons. Tube or tubeless. I know it is what a person likes, but I would really like some input please. Thanks!!!

15 replies

Armourer 2011-02-23 00:22:30 -0600 Report

I thought of this till I learned that my insurance wouldn't cover the cost. A friend of the family uses a pump and the cost of it was between $4000-6000, plus a $1000 a month for the insulin. Another neighbor was put on pump and threw it in the trash after hasseling with it for a month. Others love the change! Do as you are, ask a zillion questions before making up one's mind.

Steve45694 2011-02-27 16:17:34 -0600 Report

Thank you for your input. I don't think I'm going to go that route. I have insurance, but as long as I keep up with my insulin intake I do pretty good. Thank you so much for letting me know this information.

ValerieluvsPete 2011-02-22 13:34:04 -0600 Report

I am on the insulin pump and I love it. I think it is much better than taking the shots every day. I stick myself once every two to three days with a needle instead of four times a day. It has helped to get my #'s down.

Steve45694 2011-02-22 13:39:15 -0600 Report

What kind do you use?

ValerieluvsPete 2011-02-22 13:51:12 -0600 Report

I use the tube kind of pump. I was taking 4 shots a day and still couldn't get my #'s lowered but with baby I am well on my way to getting my A1C scores lowered. I don't have the highs and lows like I use to either.

ValerieluvsPete 2011-02-22 14:07:15 -0600 Report

If you get a chance to try it. I'm sure you will like it. You just have to put in your blood sugar reading, figure up the carbs you're gonna eat and it figures up how much insulin you need

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Tracy Blue 2011-02-21 22:48:01 -0600 Report

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Harlen 2011-02-21 22:17:20 -0600 Report

I love my pump
the big thing is can you use a tubeless pump I can not if I was able to I would have gotten one ,the tubeless only holds 200 ut of insulin and I use 300 ut every two days lol So it would not work for me .
Befor the pump I was useing 300 ut a day just to keep my BS close to good with the pump I use 1/2 the insulin and have very good #'s
Hope this helps
Best wishes

Steve45694 2011-02-21 22:29:13 -0600 Report

That's about how much I'm taking. That's just my Humalog I take an extra 120 of Levemir 60 in the morning and 60 at night…

Harlen 2011-02-22 11:36:22 -0600 Report

You will find that you will need to use the tubed pumps they hold more insulin You rely dont wish to change insets every day .
The ins comp will not cover the tubeless on a dayly change.
Your insulin needs will change I dont knpow why just that is dose.
Have you done the pump school at medtronic yet if not go do it its free and will give you a LOT of needed info .
Hope this helps

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