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Insulin pumps

Discussion in 'Insulin Pump Forum' started by Jennyw5786, May 28, 2015.

  1. Jennyw5786

    Jennyw5786 Type 1 · Member

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    What are people's thoughts about insulin pumps as I would like to try. 1 as I can't seem to keep my blood sugar under control for the last few months
     
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    dancer Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've been on the pump for over 5 years and wouldn't go back to MDI. The ability to give different rates of basal at different times of the day makes a huge difference to my control.

    Also, being able to use a temporary basal for exercise or illness, is wonderful.

    It involves a lot of work but is worth it in the long run.

    If you meet the NICE guidelines, your consultant will be able to put you forward for the pump. It can take quite a while to get the pump in some areas.
     
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    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Have a look here http://www.inputdiabetes.org.uk/If you are told no for a pump, ask why. Make sure everything is in writing as to why not then work on the points raised. If still no joy then change hospitals.
     
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    yingtong Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've only been pumping for 11 days and I kid you not,it's very hard work to start with,but I can see the benefits in the future.Good luck.
     
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    Chas C Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've been pumping for over 3 years, I too would not go back to MDI. Be patient though, it is hard work to start with and I'd guess it was a good 3 months before it was second nature and I was "settled in", you do have to manage your basal settings on regular basis too. At first wearing a pump was a bit awkward, how to wear it, where to put it, but now I feel naked without it :)
     
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    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    The ability to adjust your basal rate throughout a 24 hour period together with the ease that you can deliver your bolus dose over an extended time period have to be two of the best things about using an insulin pump, although they are hard work in the initial stages of using one you do reap the rewards thereafter.
     
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    Poppy2 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Hello, I have only been pumping for 4 months, it requires commitment and a huge amount of self motivation if you are to get the best from pumping. It is a steep learning curve (which I was well prepared for!) and the learning process will be continuous as the pump is adjusted to fit your lifestyle. The potential flexibility it can offer is superb, when you get the balance right which takes practice, practice and more practice- lots of trial and error! However I am much more confident now and would not go back to MDI. And for me the BEST reward of all last week at my clinic review my HBA1C has dropped to the best level I have had in 8 years!!!!! Consultant ecstatic..........me-feeling very proud of my efforts
     
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    dtennant9 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've been on my pump for just under 7 months now and I wouldn't give it up for the world.
    As others have pointed out, it is very hard work but the flexibility is so much better.
    I would say it is more difficult than MDI whereas people maybe think it could be an easy option.
     
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    Jennyw5786 Type 1 · Member

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    I am going to sound really thick but what is basal only got diagnosed 2 years ago and still learning a lot
     
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    dancer Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Basal is the background insulin. Yours is Levemir at the moment.
     
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    Jennyw5786 Type 1 · Member

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    Oh right yes my levimir is not lasting the full 24 hours in my body either causing me to run high on a morning
     
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    dancer Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    They might suggest you take two basal doses to improve you morning readings.
     
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    Jennyw5786 Type 1 · Member

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    I take 2 levimir now 8 units morning and night but there still saying I don't meet criteria
     
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    dancer Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried increasing your evening dose to lower your morning reading? Do you go hypo?
     
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    ConradJ Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Ha ha.. join the club! I was "really thick" about my diabetes until I came across this site; if it weren't for what I've learned through the forumers and the info via the main site, I'd be divorced, blind and probably dead from DKA by now.

    If you've got a smartphone and the Kindle app, I wholeheartedly recommend getting:

    "Your diabetes science experiment" by Ginger Viera, and, "Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution" by Dr. Richard Bernstein.

    Otherwise, just start with the basics (via the homepage) and then search the forum for issues that you have questions about.

    In the meantime, welcome to the madhouse - it'll change your life for the better if you stick with it.
     
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    Jennyw5786 Type 1 · Member

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    I never hypo at night will increase levimir at night see if that works I dka at the beginning wen first diagnosed and never want that happen again
     
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    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You will need to meet the NICE criteria to get a pump, you can't just try one unfortunately. If you are over 18 basically that means trying to manage either insulin pens and not succeeding in getting your HBa1c into the required range without losing hypo awareness.
     
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    ConradJ Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    And ain't that the biggest irony: to misquote your post on another thread, "you have to be a total car crash" before they'll give you one, but they will remove it even more quickly if you remain one!
     
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    dancer Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't agree that you have to be a TOTAL car crash before but you certainly have to be working hard at doing the right thing but not getting good enough results - but maybe that's the postcode lottery!
     
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