I've posted this in a few places - and figured - why not here as well - I'm still off the pump since beginning of January - have lost the battle with J&J with the Animas 2020 pump s/w issue (and earlier ones have same issue - as well as the PING believe it or not - read this link to find out more on that story).
So, for now, I've actually got the hang of MDI again - you'd think I'd know after 41 years prior to going onto the pump back in 2008 - but if you don't use it - you lose it as the saying goes. Personally, I think every pumper should take a break from their pump - get back to their roots - but know last time I did a blog about that here at Tudiabetes - got much hate mail/responses - that it scared me off abit with posting - since I know many Americans are very pro pumpers (those are the lucky ones with coverage - unlike some that don't have it in other countries - that pay out of pocket - or just don't pump due to the cost). So read on, and learn what I mean by "mini-me pump" - maybe it's something you've never heard of - if not - I've done my job of educating today!
Okay, okay, don't get your nose out of joint - my fellow insulin pumping peeps - that I'm saying that the i-port is a mini-me insulin pump - but in away - when you look at it "logically" without any anger from my statement - I AM the "mini-me" pump - I am the brains behind what goes into my body - via the i-port - I AM IN CONTROL - not a machine - that I've programmed with best intentions to keep my diabetes health in control.
Yes, I still have to give a separate shot for my "basal" rate with long acting insulin - I do this twice a day - 12 hours part seems to work best for me. The basal rate is basically what your pancreas - if it's working - squirts out all the time - in order to keep your blood sugar in a normal range when your not eating, etc. With diabetes - your pancreas can be abit on the wonky side and either work when it feels like (e.g. Type 2) or like myself as a Type 1 - where my pancreas is dead as a door nail.
The recommendations of the i-port website is that only ONE type of insulin being put thru' the port via either a pen needle (no shorter than 5mm) OR a syringe (29 gauge is thickest - otherwise you will possibly punction the wall of the cannula) - and I'm fine with that. With a "real" insulin pump - which has an insulin cartridge (the i-port does NOT - you INJECT insulin via the port) - it's programmed to squirt out ""X amount" of rapid acting insulin - for your basal rate as well as your bolus rate (aka - if you have to correct a higher than normal blood sugar (BG) or for when you are eating a meal). If this has got you abit confused about the types of insulin - check out the link from Diabetes.co.uk that explains how injected insulins work in our bodies.
To read abit more about my experience with the i-port - please feel free to check out the rest of the blog that has more details and pictures of my experience LINK. Feel free to ask questions either here or there - I'm happy to answer any questions you may have!
( http://www.therollercoasterrideofdiabetes.com/2013/03/im-in-love-with-i-port-its-like-mini-me.html )