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is it worth it

Discussion in 'Insulin Pump Forum' started by ewan, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. ewan

    ewan · Well-Known Member

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    on about 4-5 jabs a day, quite active, ride motor bikes etc garden stuff, tree felling etc, so really is the pump worth going for, I have the chance to go for one,

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    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    How is your control now ? Are you on MDI ? If so, what are your levels ? I'm basal/bolus and quite happy. My control is pretty good. I'm not sure I'd want the pump, although many aspire to them. Injections don't really bother me. Ultimately though, it 's just personal choice. Good luck !
    Mo


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  3. ewan

    ewan · Well-Known Member

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    hi mo, thanks for reply, whats mdi ? I was taking about 7 jabs a day, but have put myself on a very limited carb and fat diet and have got them down to about 4 ish with basal / bolas (short acting and long acting) thanks again, may not need pump now but just wondering incase its 'so liberating'
     
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    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    Sorry Ewan, MDI is what we're both on. Multiple Daily Injections. Good luck mate !
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    pumppimp Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Ewan,
    It all depends on what you are looking to get out of a pump. It usually improves peoples control and it can help with people who have a good HbA1c but who go low a lot of the time to get it. It can also help with people on irregular patterns shift work etc and also people who like to be really active but keep going low on injections. I'm quite active myself and don't find the pump an issue of where to put it or it falling off or getting bashed about and I would never give mine back. From reading why people want to stop using it on here it's mainly to do with the mental issue of having something permanently attached to you doesn't bother me in the slightest but it does bother some. When you get a pump to achieve the best results from it it's best to do a lot of intensive work to get all your ratios and basal settings down some people can find this really time consuming and hard work as each person is individual it's not like your doctor can say do this then take this much at these hours you have to work out your own individual settings that work for you.
    If you have any questions here's as good as any to answer them.
    Laura
     
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    Chas C Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Ewan

    I have been T1 since 1970, been on pump now for last 18 months and would never go back to the old MDI way. It took some time to get sorted like Laura mentioned it needs some work to get it working well, also takes a while to get use to being connected, but now it feels normal and even miss it when its disconnected (for shower, bath etc).

    Also have Dex G4 which I fund myself for last year, this is great too if you can afford it, giving BG every 5 mins and warning of rises and falls. Now I do not get surprises with hypo's and can fix them before they happen. Also stops the mood swings as it helps to stop the BG swings.

    Chas
     
  7. ewan

    ewan · Well-Known Member

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    thanks every one, very useful comments
     
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