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New To The Pump


New To The Pump

It can be such a major decision to start the pump, so much to learn and share. Maybe we can all make the adjustment a little easier if have one another to lean on.

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Pump in cold weather

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Comment by ChicaRossi on November 13, 2011 at 7:53am

Hello- Hello!! I am very new to all this. I would like to know how you guys came to choose your pump? I am having to go to Pump Therapy in Dec and have been looking at different pumps out there. I am very active since i do have a one year old. I am also very afraid about the whole insertion of the needle/cath. Does anyone recommend one pump over another with my concerns??? Any suggestions would help!! Thank you!

Comment by Laura on September 28, 2011 at 5:38am
Yes, that's it exactly. But after insertion, when I'm pulling the insertion kit away from my skin after inserting it into me, that the whole thing comes off. The tape pulls away and the cannula comes out.
Comment by jrtpup on September 27, 2011 at 6:17pm
Is this the inset you use?

If so, you want to remove just the highly colored part (easy to see in the pink). Squeeze the edges and it'll come out. Still not sure I'm answering your question?

Comment by Laura on September 27, 2011 at 3:57pm
I'm sorry - I mean the whole thing popped out of me! How do you pull away the big plastic thing without it coming out of your skin?
Comment by jrtpup on September 26, 2011 at 8:07pm
Pumping Insulin is by John Walsh. Amazon has it. Yes, it can take 40u.

I've never had the clip thingy pop out of the set - are you sure you're pushing it in all the way till it clicks? It helps to keep a finger on the opposite end so you can push more easily.

I missed you other question. Yes, it will stay in your bra if there's enough to hold it LOL. I found that I got used to the tubing really quickly. I did get a 'thigh thing' for when I'm wearing a dress (rarely). Most of the time it's just clipped to the waistband of my jeans with the tubing tucked in.
Comment by Laura on September 26, 2011 at 6:36pm
Yes, I guess I better learn the terminology better! Yes, the part at the end that clips in. I separate it so carefully yet sometimes it just pops off.
Thanks for the advice on the basal rates.
Is that a book by Animus?
When priming - does it sometimes take 40 units?
Comment by jrtpup on September 25, 2011 at 9:47pm
Laura, not sure what you mean by separating the Ping thing from the patch? Do you mean the part at the end of the tubing that clips in?

You should change your basal rates by the smallest possible increments, then leave them alone for a couple of days. A little bit can make a big difference.

If you don't already have it, you might want to get a copy of Pumping Insulin. It has great info, and (almost) all the answers.

You should prime until you see a drop of insulin come out the end. I find it varies a bit. You should not have the same amount you had before priming though.
Comment by Laura on September 25, 2011 at 12:56pm
Hello -

I'm looking for some hints or tips on the pump. Started a few weeks ago, probably should go back to doctor for check in.
Questions: How much does it take to fill the Prime the thing? I seem to be losing a lot of insulin by doing that. But one time I checked and the full amount of insulin was still in there - ?
How small of increments should you increase/decrease your basal to make a change?
Do you really keep them in your bras and they don't fall out everytime you lean over?

Most Importantly - Is there some kind of tool you can use upon insertion to separate the Ping thing from the entire patch?

Thank for any advice!
Comment by Leilani on May 19, 2011 at 3:39am
The first few weeks and months on a pump can be challenging, as there are many tricks of the trade to learn, so to speak, and everything you've known about yourself and the way you respond to insulin changes. I hope you have a good Endo or someone who knows a lot about pumps, as they can help you learn! I wore a pump for nearly 8 years before finding a Doc who knew what they were doing with a pump . . . but that was 25 years ago and gratefully there are a few more these days, who know how to help you manage pumps.
Comment by Dia-babe on May 19, 2011 at 2:23am
i have been a diabetic for 24 years and finally am on the pump. been on it for nearly 3 weeks now and my sugars are all over the place. its so depressing and i hope it improves cos right now its frustrating :(

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