We are Floridians that play ice hockey. My son needs to go on the pump. I figured that if anyone had experience, the Canadians might be able to offer the best info. My son is 9 yrs old. Any pump better than the other for this high impact sport?????
I know of a high school grad , who wears a Medtronic pump with a large size reservoir ; when I asked his Mom if he would be interested in the Omnipod( tubeless ) , her answer was that he uses 60 plus units of insulin daily , hence the fact , that he uses the larger reservoir size pump ...your son is much younger and smaller ??
PS I don't know much about hockey , other than I have trained for a marathon and 1/2 M at an indoor hockey rink and watched the kids :)
Hope others will join your discussion !!
My son is 12 and has been playing ice hockey for the past few years. He wears an Animas Ping. He wears the pump in a Spibelt under the padding at the front. The nice thing about the Ping is that we can test and bolus without him needing to dig under his padding, or undress to access the pump. There have been no issues with the pump. I think being at the front under the padding, the pump is more protected than if he wore it on his hip or back.
For whatever reasons his BG can be unpredictable during games. High and Low. We tend to set a temp basal and have a Gatorade to sip on if he is feeling low. Works like a charm.
Thanks. He has it in his mind that he wants the Omnipod. We haven't seen it, but I think that may be a little harder to protect.
I read some posts somewhere about a teen hockey player wearing the Omnipod. He tended to wear it toward the back of his arm and would wrap with an elastic sport wrap before strapping on his shoulder pads.
One big word of advice... encourage your son to wear his pump playing sports. When my son started pumping, it was not encouraged by his endo team. It was recommended that he remove his pump. That was fine for competitive hockey one and a half hour games and was also fine for soccer. It is a big problem now as he is a junior hockey player and time from arriving at the rink to finishing a game can easily pass 4 hours, so he is now being told to wear his pump to play, when he spent the last 6 years doing the opposite and we just can't seem to get him to make the adjustment.
There was a video on youtube a few years back, with one of the NHL players demonstrating how he wears his medtronic pump clipped on the front inside of his hockey pants. With the boxer type jocks these days, there is a good strong elastic band to clip to.
We now have the Animas pump as well. We are only one week into it and he has been wearing during games/practice.
What's a Spibelt? You put it under the chest guard, or pants? What temp basal works for you? I know everyone is different, but we haven't found one that keeps BG down. Do you Bolus prior to game if he's high?
Our kid just started Hockey as well. His numbers go through the roof when he starts. His excitement and adreneline push him high and we just keep bolusing him for it. He is 6 and we just started pumping 4 weeks ago. We use the Medtronic Miniped and we love it. We are thinking of setting up 2 temp basals, one while playing and one for after to not run him to low when he finally comes down. We were told he can wear it and he can take it off, but when we started to see his numbers climbing we decided to keep it on him. There is so much padding, that I can't see anything happening to it.
We just got the animus pump. Go into training this week. I like the suggestion of two different bolus for play and not. However, I am still afraid of playing with it. My kid is only 9 almost 10, but it is a really physical sport. Especially my kid. I don't know if the elevated BG levels contribute, or if he is just that intense. Off the ice, he's the sweetest kid ever. We find he can hit real low about 2 hrs after play.
What type of case does he put the pump in, and where does he wear it? I think we will do the same with the basal rates, before and after.
We have his pump in a Roopack which we bought from here - http://roopacks.blogspot.ca/
It also is in a neoprene case inside the Roopack which stays around his waste.
We also make sure he has a meal or snack leading into Hockey. His numbers have been great. We set a 50% basal rate for 90 minutes after Hockey and keep an eye on him. SO far after the first month, we have had great numbers the entire time. Lucky us :)
Thanks for the info, I do have a few more questions:
What do you do before the game - or play time? Many times he is high prior to game, we are afraid to bolus, that he'll drop. We did try to increase the basal rate +30% and it did nothing. Then we did a +40% and it didn't do much either, still high at end. Is the bolus the answer?
We haven't had any problems heading into Hockey yet thank God! For the first few practices his numbers would climb and climb from the excitement and adrenaline. We would bolus him as he would climb into the +20 range (360+ mg). Learning from his diabetic team that our son needs some sort of fuel to make it through long periods of energy usage. We ran into trouble at his school when he would eat a snack in the morning, go have morning recess, then on certain days have gym, then they had a reverse lunch where they would go to another recess, before having lunch. He would have three periods of energy usage and not enough fuel in his belly to make it through without crashing right before lunch. Even if you bolus for the food he eats. The bolus is just to keep the numbers at bay, but a good starchy carb or some protien in the belly will give him that fuel to make it through.
Over the past month with Hockey, we would make sure he ate before heading into practice or power skate lessons. Either a meal of a starchy snack, bolusing like normal. We are leaving the pump on as his numbers have been known to climb during lessons and we have yet to see large drops in BG levels. We test him once he gets off the ice. Most of his time is an hour of practice or lessons. We have yet to have a game that is longer yet. We then set the temp basal at 50% for an hour and a half. To keep his numbers from crashing to fast. His numbers have been dropping hard even with the basal, as he works so hard and burns what fuel he had to eat. We just make sure that we eat a meal after or a snack to keep him going. His numbers have been outstanding lately.. We couldn't be happier. I hope you figure a system that works out for you!! Good Luck!