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I'm thinking about getting the pump

Posted on October 25, 2008 at 2:26pm 8 Comments

Hello, all, I am really considering the pump and the more things I read about it the better its sounds but I would like to hear from people who have the pump what they think about it. I would also like to know did you have to go through anything special before you decided to get on the pump. I hope I don't seem real outdated but when I was diagnosed in '91' I was 18yrs old and the injections was all I was taught and I just really hearing and learning about the pump and its seems like something… Continue

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At 7:46pm on January 23, 2009, Kevin said…
What's up Dooie? It's been a while since I've heard from you! The pump & CGMS is going very well. I currently have very stable control. My AIC ran a little higher last time (6.7). But the CGMS is helping me fine tune a lot of stuff. I'm hoping for a 6.3 to 6.4 AIC next time. If you need any help or advice when you're hooked up to the pump.... I'm here for you Dooie. I'm just an email away (just as long as you're not rooting for the

At 7:27am on December 26, 2008, Sonya said…
Thank you. Dooie. I woke up today with a new A perspective and I am ready to get on track.
At 11:27am on November 23, 2008, 1HappyDiabetic said…
Great to hear about your choice in pumps!!! You should try to get your hands on John Walsh's Book Pumping Insulin. Reading that book will help a ton! Congrats and keep me posted. Rememeber too there are different kinds of infusion sets that MiniMed makes, so there is a chance (a small one) that the one you get started on isn;t the perfect one for you. So there is some room for error. Hope it helps!
At 4:17pm on November 22, 2008, Kevin said…
I forgot to tell you.... YES you can upload all your pump info online and share that information with your doctor. I do it all the time. Ask your Endo ahead of time if he/she wants you to print the stuff out & bring it into the office. They have taken my pump off and uploaded info at the doctors office. Now that I'm on the CGMS they have access to my usename & password to view the stuff for themselves. They keep it in my patient file.
At 4:06pm on November 22, 2008, Kevin said…
You can pick my brain anytime Dooie. I enjoy helping.

At 4:05pm on November 22, 2008, Kevin said…
The Endo HAS to ease you into pump use. Before you can even begin to consider the CGMS your basal rates have got to be right. That can take a long time to figure out. So when you get your pump your going to have to routinely skip some meals to figure out if you basil insulin rates are OK. It took me like 6 months.....
At 5:40am on November 22, 2008, Kevin said…
Check your Tudiabetes email. I want to elaborate on what it's like to have the CGMS.
At 8:39pm on November 20, 2008, Kevin said…
Hey Dooie, The Minimed 722 is the pump that I have. I also have the CGMS with my pump. The CGMS is best for monitoring blood sugar patterns. You have to calibrate the thing 2-4 times a day. You have to be sure to calibrate the CGMS when your blood sugars are stable.... that's pretty important. It's not a perfect system but it works better than anything else. You have to verify the readings with a finger stick if you're running low or high. I was testing 10 times a day .... now I'm down to about 5....... 3-4 of those are calibrations.

Minimed is a fantastic company as far as customer service, warranty service, & delivery. They are hands down the best in diabetes care.

That's my opinion Dooie for what it's worth .... :)

At 8:54am on October 30, 2008, Andrea said…
Welcome to TuDiabetes!

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At 2:25pm on October 25, 2008, Kevin said…
I've been taking insulin since I was a teenager (19yrs old). No special tests are needed to get on the pump. You pretty much just got to be insulin dependant. I have had specific tests done by my endocrinologist, but this was all after I got on the pump. As a rule of thumb a lot of endo's want you to be injecting insulin 3+ times a day...... but that isn't really "set in stone".

Dooie, the pump has helped me out a ton. After I turned 30 it seemed like it was a lot easier for me to gain weight. When I got on the pump I was able to lose that weight. I have already lost 25+ pounds. I have a lot more freedom with meal times and eating it!

I requested you be added as a friend.... so check your "friends" tab and add me. If you have any questions at all, I'm here to help.

Later Dooie :)



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