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All Blog Posts Tagged 'pump' (217)


This whole“being an adult” thing is not all it’s cracked up to be. I mean really? Do I really have to pay bills and do laundry, go grocery shopping and deal with my own health insurance.. Yes.

Actually it hasn't been all that bad. I jumped on to my own insurance for the first time this year after…


Added by Rachel Scott on February 19, 2015 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

I Said Yes To The Dress! - Wedding Dress Shopping with Diabetes

I walked out of the smaller than normal dressing room. Wearing a dress that was unbelievably comfortable. Eyes of my “entourage” (AKA my bridesmaids, his mom, my mom, step mom and grandma) fall on me and follow the dress to the floor. “That is beautiful” I hear from mostly everyone. Then I look into the mirror. This.. is it. For the first time the entire long wedding dress shopping day I feel like this is the one I could walk…


Added by Rachel Scott on February 13, 2015 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

2015 New year, New goals

I have not been on this site for a very long time. This past year has been a huge challenge for me.

I started working again and it was really taking a toll on me. The moment I got home I needed to sleep. I would get up around 8pm, have dinner and back to bed I went. I was drained every day. The days I had off, was spent sleeping, only interrupted by bathroom breaks and food.

This is no way to live.

Since moving back to Alberta from BC, I finally have a diabetes team that…


Added by karebear1966 on January 4, 2015 at 11:10am — 4 Comments

received my insulin pump and where have I been

Hi everyone Im sorry I wasn't around for a while >.<, I was very very busy with my school projects and exams, finally winter break is here :D, did I mention receiving my insulin pump? Ive had diabetes for 5yrs, ever since I begged my mother to buy me an insulin pump, the problem I was facing was the price it is pretty expensive. so last month my mother went to the rulers court and requested a paradigm veo insulin pump with a year of supplies, the accepted the request and Ive received…


Added by blue_unicorn on December 26, 2014 at 3:19am — No Comments

Comparing ALL the Insulin Pumps!

I've used almost all of the insulin pumps on the market (that's a long and winding story itself) over the last 14 years of pumping, so when people want my opinion on a pump, I ask them to pull up a chair and grab a cup of coffee. I'll drop some knowledge.

As Tech Editor for, I recently published the most massive pump comparison analysis you've ever had the…


Added by Melissa Lee on December 9, 2014 at 2:06pm — 15 Comments

Our Decision Shots over Pump

I wanted to do this blog to share why we decided to take my son off the pump. A lot of people's reactions were "Why would you ever do that?"I want people to understand that you don't have to be on an insulin pump to have great diabetes management. First of all we loved the Animas Ping insulin pump. It does all the math for you and I could bolus him from another room. It also kept a history log of what his blood sugar was and how many units of insulin he got. It made it so easy for Preschool…


Added by Kate on October 3, 2014 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

I'm officially pumping!

I got my pump in the mail the day before yesterday and had my training today. My brain is on diabetes overload right now, but had to write and say I'm OFFICIALLY pumping! Been pumping for an hour and a half, and so far I love it. Of course, we'll see how it goes with fine tuning my numbers and getting use to changing out the insets and such! But so far, so good ;)

Added by jesikabeth on September 11, 2014 at 2:19pm — 3 Comments

Poppa why do you drink coffee?

Poppa why do you drink coffee?

That was one of the many questions my granddaughter asked me over the weekend. ‘I like it’ I said. Long pause… why she asked? Well Madison it tastes good. No it doesn’t was her answer. Proof in her mind she had caught me in a lie. She went ahead and played with the cars. I felt awful. I mean how could I explain to a 6 year old that tastes…


Added by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on August 12, 2014 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

Reps and Demos

I heard back from both Tandem (Tslim Pump) and Animas (Ping Pump), and they are requiring a c-peptide and fasting blood glucose. I do have a meeting with the Animas rep on Friday, for the demo.

I am feeling a bit discouraged, I am a type 2 (as far as I know) and heard that many times (especially with Medicare replacement policies) T2's are not covered for the pump.

I am angry that insurance companies can have so much control over something that a doctor deems a good…


Added by jesikabeth on July 29, 2014 at 4:58pm — 5 Comments

Let's Get Pumped

So, today I am dropping off the insulin pump paperwork with my diabetes doc, and they are going to give the paperwork to their rep to get insurance coverage with different companies. So we'll see where it goes. I'm leaning towards the Ping, hoping it will be covered *fingers crossed*

Added by jesikabeth on July 28, 2014 at 1:01am — 5 Comments

Diabetes and Me

I had been diagnosed with insulin resistance since 2005, I was 25 years old. I was in recovery from a long battle with Anorexia and Bulimia, and my mother who is a nurse realized my breath was smelling 'sweet'. I went to an endo, who did a 2 hour blood glucose test on me, and voila insulin resistance. I was put on 500mg of metformin a day and sent away with instructions to come back every 3 months for something called an A1c. And, of course, to eat right (yea, thanks for that... everyone at…


Added by jesikabeth on July 25, 2014 at 7:34am — 5 Comments

CGM and Pump Data

I just received my Dexcom G4 last week. I am coming from Medtronic where my pump and sensor data both uploaded to the same website. Does anyone know whether or not any of the pump manufacturers allow their pump data to be downloaded into Dexcom's website? Or can Dexcom's data be downloaded into any of the pump manufacturers websites? I want to know because I am in the process of upgrading from my Paradigm and am considering this as one feature I'd like to be able to use.

Added by Brad on July 4, 2014 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Diabetic blog week day 2- No sugar added poetry (My New Pump)

My New Pump

My new pump must be nice

it looks awful pretty its case is clear and white

I was told I should get it and I waited for it to arrive

Now it sits awaiting glucose to transcribe

I have called five times and asked for the nurse who is in…


Added by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on May 13, 2014 at 1:00am — 4 Comments



I was talking to a member the other day and he said he could not understand what his doctor wanted him to do. Apparently he was to readjust his carb ratios with a band of new service in the middle of the day with a higher ratio of sensitivity to reported blood sugar reports from 10AM to 2 PM, backing down his new level to the preexisting amounts thereafter. For some reason…


Added by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on March 4, 2014 at 5:00am — 4 Comments


It was such smooth sailing when I switched over to the new Omnipod a little over a month ago! What on earth was everyone complaining about? It is so small and cute! Well... today I got handed not one but TWO experiences with the whole pod failure thing. Actually had to take the afternoon off due to my own negligence (no extra supplies, FAIL). BUT - my experience with the Insulet Corp customer service was fast, easy, and pleasant. 2 new pods on their way to me in the next couple…


Added by jen627 on November 12, 2013 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Stress and BG; BFFs or Worst enemies?

So, I've pretty much dropped off the internet Earth :P College has started back up and I'm already swamped with work while trying to achieve my Doctorates of Physical Therapy. I started insulin pump therapy one week before school. The first few days were fantastic! My sugars were just perfect; between 90-120. My ideal range!!

Then..things started to go haywire. My gym that I go to has been under construction for improvements so I haven't been able to work out in about a week…


Added by ashleypfuntner on September 4, 2013 at 4:53pm — 5 Comments

To Pump or Not to Pump? That is the Question.

To Pump or not to Pump. My advice, suggestion and opinion on choosing the Medtronic or any Insulin Pump for your child or yourself.

Added by Mom of a Winner on August 29, 2013 at 9:03pm — 8 Comments

Switch to a pump...?

So following my most recent check up with my physician, I realized that I have not been maintaining my Blood Glucose levels well. My A1C, which was below 7%, has increased to 8%. I partially attribute this to travelling internationally and not having been given any guidance from my Doctor, despite having told her prior to each trip.

So now, I have begun to think 1) maybe I should find new Dr. that is a bit more willing to spend a bit of extra time with me prior to overseas travel…


Added by Jel on July 9, 2013 at 2:08pm — 6 Comments

The Heat Induced Button Error

I was celebrating my friends wedding this weekend in the sweltering heat when a new alert showed up on my pump. Apparently my pump wasn't happy about the heat either.

Added by Dkinsey on June 4, 2013 at 7:22am — No Comments

Add-On to Let Freedom Ring

Oops! There's a problem with inconsistant blogging ... you forget to add clarifying details.

Just a week or so after my post-rehab hospitalization, the doctors finally got around to wanting to remove the port in my chest wall to prevent infection. Went into a doctor's office and, after squirming around [on their part] about not wanting to remove it in the office, they finally did it. The doctor took some of that last blood for testing. Several days later, I get a call from the doctor…


Added by Lois on May 19, 2013 at 3:44pm — 1 Comment

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