Moving onto a pump

Hi All

My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabestes when she was two and a half. Heart breaking times, but as you all know - you get through it. she has lived a healthy and happy life since then and adjusts beautifully to her condition. We are very proud of her and boast a very acceptable HBA1C test result. Being a highly active young 7 yr old, we have finally made the decision to move onto a pump. It is frightening to say the least.

Does anyone have any suggestions, comments, advice or info to share with me that is not going to frighten the living daylights out of me?

Anxious Mom!

Have her wear an inset with tubing and a practice pod so that she can make an informed decision as to which type of pump she might want. Once my son did this he knew he did not want the Omnipod and instead went with a tubed pump, The Animus Ping. I think actually testing them out is a help. I would suggest getting the pump during school time so that your daughter has basically the same daily routine instead of a summer schedule (which at our house varies from day to day).

My son started the pump on March 21, 2011. If I can be of any help just let me know. Best of luck to you and your daughter.

I was frightened to pump until the age of 22 (and I was diagnosed at 10)! I didn’t want to be attached to anything, which is why I resisted it for so long, but knew that pumping would be beneficial to me for exercise and my overall control so I had to take this HUGE step. It is still a very emotional experience, though!

I have to wait until next Tuesday to start with the Omnipod because the trainer wants to meet with me again before I begin, so I can’t really give you any advice on what it is like to switch quite yet but I can certainly tell you about my pump process! I chose the Omnipod because of the lack of tubing which means I’m less likely to snag myself, the simplicity of everything (including the automatic insert), and the overall customer support I experienced with Insulet Corp. However, if I don’t like this pump, I would likely go with the Animas Ping in a minute. The pink one is so cute and the pump has a remote too so you can keep the pump hidden!

One thing that really put my mind at ease about tubed pumps and the little details that scared me about them like how to insert infusion sets (they look scary but really aren’t!), fill the pump cartridge, and where to hide the pump was by looking at YouTube videos, blogs, and sites like this. Some of the pump websites have tutorials and videos, too. Looking at videos of little kids inserting their own infusion sets or changing their pods made me think that if a little kid can do it, I could do this too!

Good luck to you and your daughter!

I’m 13 years old and I’m am currently on the Omnipod!!! I am very active, I play club soccer and the omnipod have worked great so far. I have been on the Omnipod for about five months and it has changed my life. I was only diagnosed this past October and I jumped to try the pump. Sometimes there is complications some of mine are getting it ripped off durning soccer, alarming durning a game, and just having a bad pod every once and a while. But there was NO way I wanted to be hooked up to a wire 24-7. Hope this helped!