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5/23/11 10:58 P

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Figures! LOL

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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5/23/11 5:25 P

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Interesting note: Medicare won't approve the pump unless you are not making ANY insulin, like Type 1. My insurance covered it ($4000 contracted amount) and now Medicare pays for the supplies. Go figure!

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5/23/11 2:03 P

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Kathy, you are not the only one with this problem.

I really really wanted a pump, but my doctor said I did not meet the criteria (he said they were only for type 1's - but I hear of lots of t2's that use the pump now) I could not get it covered even if I had a doc script, and when I found out how expensive the supplies were, the tubes, and all the paraphanelia, not to mention the cost of the insulin on top, well I could never afford that.....

A couple of years ago, I started to develop an allergy to the adhesives, but I have to use bandages a lot (skin breaks open just by toughing sometimes) so I was getting some very bad reactions. Now I have to leave the sores open and that creates some other problems....

So I have to shut up and put up with the injections .... on both levels. One good thing, the syringes are a lot cheaper. lol

I am happy that so many are able to use the pump. I wish they (and the supplies) could be made available to all diabetics on insulin -- without us having to jump through hoops.

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5/22/11 9:10 P

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I looked at about a dozen different models, and they all have the same tubing... and it's the pads used to anchor the tubing so it doesn't pull out of the skin that are adhesive. Anything that sticks to me that way can cause problems. I'm even allergic to that hypoallergenic tape they use at the lab! That stuff is rather like a mosquito bite, it raises a welt that itches like crazy for a while... The reaction occurs when any of it is removed and adhesive is re-exposed to the air. The longer it's on my skin, the worse the reaction... emoticon The only thing that hasn't done that so far is the clear plastic stuff they use for IVs... it's just red for a day or so but doesn't usually itch or anything...

It's where it connects--where the catheter is inside the skin and has to be anchored--that is the big issue. That, and getting my insurance to lay out the $7K for the pump! They are STINGY when it comes to some things, and I apparently don't meet the right criteria! LOL

Maybe some day there will be a different and better way of doing it. For now, I'll stick with the syringes. I may feel like a pincushion some days, and have bruises now and then, but those go away in a day or two. They don't fester and leave permanent marks!

I'm sure glad I'm the only one I know with this problem--there are a lot of folks out there doing so well with the pumps! I think you're all very lucky!
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Edited by: I.M.MAGIC at: 5/22/2011 (21:19)
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called


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5/22/11 8:53 P

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I use a min med pump with tubing that connects to you. You are to change it every 3 days but I normally change 1 time in a week. Ask your doctor to show you how it would connect to you and give you a couple of the tubing connections and you can try wearing it before you commit to buying a pump. Good luck Ed

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5/22/11 5:03 P

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I'm a bit leery of using a pump--it has some GREAT features, don't get me wrong--but I have some major issues with adhesives! Go figure...

Last year's surgery? The steri-strips? I have scars...

emoticon Imagine every couple of days...

Edited by: I.M.MAGIC at: 5/22/2011 (17:04)
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called


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5/22/11 4:35 P

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I love my pump. I also cut my insulin usage by 50 percent. I would HIGHLY RECOMEND a pump over shots.

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5/22/11 2:46 P

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I am glad to hear this is successful. I have been wondering.

My Dad now needs insulin because of complications with the oral medications. Unfortunately he has essential tremor which make his hands shake quite badly. This makes the needle injections are very difficult for him. I believe this is part of the issue with his BS being poorly controlled: who knows how much insulin he actually did inject.

I have been trying to nudge him towards the pump but with no success so far. I think it would greatly improve his BS and quality of life. Perhaps this info will help.

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5/22/11 12:56 P

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Pumping is considered the gold standard when it comes to insulin delivery. I've been pumping for about 8 years and can't imagine going back to injections.

I use about 26 units a day; with injections I used 45 units. Pumping is that much more effective a means of delivery.

Plus, my favorite feature is a temporary basal setting; I lower my dose while exercising and can raise it a bit if I need just a little more insulin for something like illness or grazing at a cocktail party.

I also use a temporary reduction of my basal if I'm low, that way, I don't have to use glucose or food to bring me back up a bit.

Flexibility; that's the name of the game with a pump!

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5/22/11 12:17 P

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Sounds like a much better delivery system. Happy for you!! emoticon

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5/22/11 11:48 A

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After years of taking multiple shots, I am delighted with the insulin pump my dr ordered for me this year. I just wanted to put this out here so if someone is weary of taking multiple shots you may want to at least ask your dr about the possibility of being on the pump.

The pump can be programmed for different amounts to slowly enter your system throughout the 24 hour day. This variability is based on how your blood sugars are during the day and night.

I am quite pleased with the pump. It saves me taking multiple shots and is very convenient at meal times when more insulin is called for.

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