Hello, all, I am really considering the pump and the more things I read about it the better its sounds but I would like to hear from people who have the pump what they think about it. I would also like to know did you have to go through anything special before you decided to get on the pump. I hope I don’t seem real outdated but when I was diagnosed in ‘91’ I was 18yrs old and the injections was all I was taught and I just really hearing and learning about the pump and its seems like something that could be for me. So please if any of you have any advice or comments please feel free to leave them.
GET IT DOOIE!!!
I procrastinated for years… wish I wouldn’t have.
I love the pump as well! But I think it is important to be ready to start on it. The pump isn’t “easier” than shots, but it does make it easier to manage my blood sugars and many people find like on the pump much better than on shots. Here is a blog post that I wrote about why I like the pump.
I do not think the pump is a panacea. It has many benefits, particularly with the bolus wizard (I use the Minimed). Pump therapy also has helped me eliminate the severe lows that I suffered before I became a pumper. In the 6 years I have been on the pump, I have only had 3-4 memorable lows. Before the pump, I could have that many a month.
The pump also makes taking insulin easier. It is easier to sit at a meal and program a bolus than it is to pull out a syringe and bottle of insulin. It is also easier to plan exercise and exercise spontaneously.
It did not take me long to get used to wearing it, so that was not much of a problem.
But, the ease of taking a bolus for a quick snack was (and remains) a little too much of a temptation. Why not have that extra snack, since I can just reach down and do a quick bolus. My bg may not go up too high, but the extra calories do go right to the belly, and they are far easier to put on than take off.
I’m not saying I regret being on the pump – I don’t, not for a second. But I think it is important to know that it does not solve every problem.
I started on my pump in August and I love it. Before I would get a low during my commute home at least once a week, but I don’t anymore. I also went on a business trip this weekend and felt like I could be a lot more discreet at meals with the pump. I also like that I can do many small boluses at a restaurant or party.
I totally agree with Jonathan that its too easy to just snack and not think about the calories. On the other hand, I don’t need to consume as many calories pre-exercise, so I’ve actually found myself losing a few pounds.
I was surprised at how much time its taken to get all my basals and ratios fine tuned. I still haven’t finished my morning basal testing, due to work getting in the way and then a combo of an impending cold and PMS. It definitely takes a lot of work and effort to get everything settled.
I say GO FOR IT!!! I have been a T1 28 years (come Thanksgiving) and have been on the Medtronic Minimed 722 for a year (this past May)…I don’t know what I waited for. There a Pump Classes offered that go over EVERYTHING from Carb Counting to terminology. It’s not a cure all but it helps make life a little more flexible.
I’ve been a pumper for 10 years and love it. Before pumping I was on shots for 40 years…I was due for a change. In learning how to pump I was taught carb counting (in the dark ages of Diabetes there was no carb counting). To have good management of your Diabetes having tools and knowing how to use them is important. Or you could think the more information in your arsenal of weapons in the Diabetes War of management. Anyway that you fight your disease the more information the better the battle against Diabetes.
I think you should go for it to. I found at first it was frustrating but after a while I got used to it and now I wouldn’t give it back!! I find it is much easier in social situations and at parties. You can go overboard like the others mentioned but over all it is much nicer!
try it! Most people would never consider going back after they’ve been pumping. I’ve had mine for 17 years. It gives you so much more flexibility. What do you have to lose - if you really don’t like it, you can always go back to shots. Keep us posted, especially if you decide to go on it, because we will be at your side if you need us!