One of my main forms of exercise, when I can get there, is swimming and/or water aerobics, so the fact that this can be used while in water for up to an hour is a big bonus to me. The downside is that you have to buy the pods every month and it looks like my out-of-pocket cost for those would be $60 a month. Also, I'd have to likely change from U100 insulin to U500, and I'm not sure that Apidra even makes a U500, and if so, I'm not sure it's on their 'free' program. So, this would be a BIG investment.
I have been on the insulin pump for over a year. I like it because I am on prednisone for lupus and it keeps it all in range. My pump specialist told me to change the insulin every two days because if you use it longer than that it loses its potency. So I put my cannula in my abdomen and change it every other day. Longer than that I find it doesn't work. When I have to take two prednisone which isnt often, I find that when the pump comes in the handiest. I can't exercise a lot because I have to walk with a rollator most of the time and sometimes have to use a power chair. I have had 2 knee surgerys, a torn quadrecep surgery-it was torn from the bone and I had to wait three months before the doctor operated- and a lower back surgery with three x stops put in. All in less than two years. I am 70 but I try to keep it all going. so far so good.
I have been using a pump now for about 2 years. I love it. I have found that different sites do affect the way that insulin is absorbed. When I insert the cannula in the upper arm, I have more lows. When the cannula is in the upper thighs, my sugar readings are a bit higher. I have found the best spot for the cannula insertion sites is the abdomen. This has just been my experience.
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Just curious, does anyone else here use an insulin pump to control type 2 diabetes? I have been on one for about 8 months now. It has done a good job...going from and A1C of 8.6 down to 6.4...but I am curious to know if anyone seems to feel like when you change your pump out there are just times when it doesn't seem to be working right? THe person who trained me told me it doesn't matter where you put your canula in but I am starting to wonder about that. Any THoughts!
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