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 ASweetLife.org, I recently published the most massive pump comparison analysis you've ever had the…Continue
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…Continue
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 ;)
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…Continue
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…Continue
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*
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…Continue
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.
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…
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by jen627 on November 12, 2013 at 2:58pm — No Comments
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…Continue
To Pump or not to Pump. My advice, suggestion and opinion on choosing the Medtronic or any Insulin Pump for your child or yourself.
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…Continue
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. http://irunonbatteries.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-heat-induced-button-error.html
Added by Dkinsey on June 4, 2013 at 7:22am — No Comments
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…Continue
Eric has had an insulin pump since he was 2 years old. Many of my anxieties about it have centered on the idea that he might get his little hands on it and press the wrong buttons... because Eric is an inquisitive child, and he loves nothing better than to push buttons. It's hell on our thermostat — I can't begin to describe the number of times the little monkey has turned the heat off, or jacked it up to 75, or down to 58, simply out of his love of button-pushing. That's why he wears his…Continue
I've posted this in a few places - and figured - why not here as well - I'm still off the pump since beginning of January - have lost the battle with J&J with the Animas 2020 pump s/w issue (and earlier ones have same issue - as well as the PING believe it or not - read this link to find out more on that story).
So, for now, I've actually got the hang of MDI again - you'd think I'd…Continue
Using an insulin pump and gaining weight http://irunonbatteries.blogspot.com/2012/11/jolly-cheeks.html
Added by Dkinsey on November 8, 2012 at 7:56am — No Comments