Pumping Our Insulin


Pumping Our Insulin

Group for those that are pumping. Come and exchange tips on using your pump. Discuss the differences of the different types of pumps out on the market, infusion sets and pump accessories.

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Different Basal Rates in 1 Day

Started by Anthony. Last reply by Khürt Williams Dec 11. 14 Replies

Tips for water parks?

Started by Alycat. Last reply by Margaret Ford Aug 4. 4 Replies

Vacation from your pump

Started by Krztina. Last reply by Randee Nimmer Jul 28. 9 Replies


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BCBS (NC) insurance with Medtronic

Started by Ericka Bryant. Last reply by Bruhaha Apr 25. 15 Replies

iphone and windosphone app to insulin pump users

Started by Marcelo Bellon Ferreira Apr 25. 0 Replies

Vanity - Swimsuits and Your Pump

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Comment by Margaret Ford on September 10, 2014 at 12:17pm

Thanks for answering Dr BB and Matti. I will try your ideas.

Comment by Margaret Ford on September 10, 2014 at 12:16pm

Comment by DrBB on September 9, 2014 at 7:48pm

Margaret: I think it's different for everyone depending on their metabolism and how hard you're going to exercise. I tend to simplify things, so I test before and if I'm within my target range I usually just suspend while exercising and turn it back on when I'm done. If I'm well above target I'll just leave it running. If you do some experimental before/after exercise BG testing you'll get a sense of how much a certain intensity & duration of exercise will knock down your BG.

I've also learned not to overreact if my post-exercise BG is low, since in my case at least it will come back pretty rapidly on its own without resorting to eating a glucose tab or candy bar or whatever. I believe that has to do with the way your liver acts as a sugar reservoir and releases glucose when stressed by vigorous exercise or activity.

Comment by Matti on September 9, 2014 at 6:07pm

Margaret, it really depends on how your body reacts to specific exercises. Personally, if I have more than 2 units on board and am doing moderate to intense exercise for 15+ minutes, I generally do a 100% temp basal decrease for the duration of the activity. But if my sugar was above 200 I'm not sure I would do that. But it's going to be different for each person, so you'll see what works for you based on your #s.

Comment by Margaret Ford on September 9, 2014 at 5:17pm

If you exercise for 10 to 15 minutes do you need to do a temporary basal or suspend the pump?

Comment by Laura S. on September 2, 2014 at 9:47pm

Roughly, my four boxes per quarter (four cartridge and four of infusion sets) comes to around $600. My copay is fifty percent, and they quoted me $286 every three months. Don't quote me, but I think some infusion sets run a bit higher in price than others do.

Comment by Ivan on August 31, 2014 at 6:56am


I have thought about getting an insulin for a couple of years now.

I'm a type 2 insulin dependent using roughly 125 - 150 units a day.

Depending on insurance (TriCare Prime for a retiree) I'm think about the Animas ping or the T-Slim.

I think insurance is 80/20. How much can I expect to pay in Quarterly expenses for the set's tubing reservoir's etc?

Thank you

Comment by Gerry on July 30, 2014 at 5:17pm

Welcome, Tim! Another "must read" is Pumping Insulin (5th edition) by John Walsh. It is an easy-to-read and understand "bible" of pumping. It includes detailed instructions for testing and adjusting all virtually all pump parameters. I recommend it highly!

Comment by Tim on July 30, 2014 at 3:25pm

Hello All! Thank you for allowing me to join this group. Recently, I was correctly diagnosed as a Type 1 instead of a Type 2. Currently I am taking insulin shots, however after the re-diagnoses, my Endo recommended me for the pump. Currently the paperwork for the Medtronics 530G pump is in the processing stage. Hopefully I have it on by mid or late August if all goes well. Since I am a very active person, I am excited about going on the pump for better BG control. In the meantime I am reading "Thank Like a Pancreas," for a better understanding on using insulin with and without a pump. Also I have been reading all the post in this group which has giving me real-life incite of the advantages and disadvantages of living with a pump.


Comment by Jamie Williams on July 28, 2014 at 1:19pm

Hello everyone! I just joined this group and wanted to introduce myself. Nice to met you all. I currently use the minimed revel from medtronic but I'm the process of getting the 530g with a continuous glucose monitor (my first one) I'm really excited about it.



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