Pumping Seniors

Seniors with diabetes wearing an insulin pump.

Please note: the exchange, sale or giveaway of items between members that require a prescription from a licensed practitioner, including insulin pumps and pump supplies, is not allowed on TuDiabetes.

We encourage you to donate supplies to non-profits such as the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association and Insulin for Life, which accept insulin pumps and pump supplies (as well as other diabetes-related prescription items).

You can also approach your physician's office or local medical groups to discuss donating them to those in need of assistance in your area.

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Diabetes in senior years

Started by Donna. Last reply by Richard157 Jul 3, 2014. 6 Replies

I have had Type 1 for 50 years. In the past, I have maintained relatively good control with A1c's under 7. I am now having much more difficulty with control, especially with having erratic blood…Continue

Looking for Medicare supply company that offers financial assistance

Started by Wendyb. Last reply by Wendyb Jun 30, 2014. 2 Replies

Hi ---My name is Wendy and I am new to the group. I am a social worker and CDE and am looking for assistance for one of my patients. He is pumping and is having trouble affording the 20% pump supply…Continue


Started by Arlene. Last reply by Arlene Jan 31, 2014. 6 Replies

I've been a member of Tu Diabetes for a long time but I've really been a lurker. I just discovered the Seniors group. I am an 83 year old Type 1 who has been pumping with Medtronic (Minimed) since…Continue

Pumping now, not pumping later in life...

Started by nel. Last reply by nel Sep 3, 2013. 7 Replies

Every so often the thought comes up for me: what will happen , if I have no Gordon for my support system and I may have to go into " the home " .Would it mean , having to give up pumping , because no…Continue

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Comment by Richard157 on September 26, 2014 at 6:12pm

My wife and I had flu shots in the early 1980s. I think the swine flu was making a lot of people sick at that time. We apparently had a reaction to the shots, and we have never been that sick since. It was awful. We decided not to get flu shots the next few years, and then decided to never get them again. We have not had a bad flu since that time. I sometimes wonder if the effect those shots had on us made us immune? I doubt that since there are so many different strains of flu, but it still seems feasible.

In general I think all people should get flu shots. My doctor asks me every year about that.

Comment by nel on September 26, 2014 at 1:26pm

Only shortly after I was diagnosed with " diabetes " , the words type 2 , type 1 not being used by my GP in 1983 was recommended by my Doctor I get a flu shot ...and so does Hubby , not living with diabetes . We have received pneumonia shots as well ....

Comment by Zoe on September 26, 2014 at 1:10pm

Those are just things relevant to this highly knowledgeable crowd. In general it really bothers me when information out in the world doesn't specify type because it perpetuates ignorance and leads to misconceptions in the public about both our types of D.

Comment by Zoe on September 26, 2014 at 1:05pm

Because the statistics are unclear if you don't know if they refer to one or the other or both and because many of the facts would have different meaning if referring to one or the other.For example if the studies are referring exclusively to Type 2 (as many concerning "diabetes" especially in older adults are) I, as a Type 1 would know it might not pertain to me. Or even some very specific things such as in the thread on the main board discussing this topic people theorize if there is an interaction between the autoimmune status of Type 1's and a compromised immune system.

Comment by nel on September 26, 2014 at 12:58pm

hello Zoe, can you explain why the article needs to specify and differentiate between type 1 /type 2 ?? Thanks

Comment by Zoe on September 26, 2014 at 12:13pm

Nowhere in that article does it differentiate between Type 1 and Type 2, two very different conditions!

Comment by Emily Coles on September 26, 2014 at 11:32am

It's flu season!!  Many doctors recommend that people with diabetes, and especially those over 65 years old, get flu shots.  Here's why.

Comment by nel on September 2, 2013 at 6:21pm

Welcome dear Stephanie Silver ...I'll get to your comment later on ( pumping now , not pumping later in life ) It's so long ago I posed the question , I may need to re-think :)

Comment by Richard157 on October 2, 2012 at 7:50pm

Natalie, I am glad the Dexcom works well for you! It does seem to work well for many peeps. You can see that if you read reports in the TuD Dexcom Users group. I know others who have stopped the Dexcom though. It does not work well for all of us.

Comment by Natalie ._c- on October 2, 2012 at 8:49am

Richard, seems like the CGMs may vary according to something in each person's interstitial fluid? I used the Medtronic for a year and a half and was VERY unhappy with it because it reported lows that weren't there, and missed lows that WERE there -- I caught a couple of them in the 50's just because I happened to test. And I'm not talking lag time -- it just missed them entirely. So I got a Dex and have been using it for about a month. I've been wearing it continuously, and there have only been 2 times when it was seriously off by more than 20 points, both in the high range. And it HAS caught my lows. I'm actually not so worried about it being off for highs -- you're supposed to test to confirm, anyway, but the lows are another issue, since if I don't feel them until I'm in the 50's, I could be in trouble if I'm dropping rapidly. So for me, so far, so good, but I agree that neither one seems to work for everyone, and it's sort of a caveat emptor situation, except that it's almost impossible to try for long enough before you buy! :-(


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