Convince me to switch to the pump

Today I could use some convincing from my other betes friends about switching to the pump. My biggest issue is that I will have to carry this huge thing on my hip at all times. I am active and play basketball up to 4 times in a week (alternative instead of the treadmill, I get easily bored and distracted)and am scared the pump will get in way of me playing physical sports. If any other people here play basketball or other physical sports please discuss this topic with me. Others discuss as well.

Sam

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Comment by Shaelah huntington on January 31, 2012 at 9:37am

hey sam
so I played soccer all through high school and LOVE my pump. You're allowed to be disconnected from the pump for up to an hour, and when you're doing something physical, even longer because you're bound to go low haha. So I practiced and played my games with my pump off. You just have to make sure to check your sugar at some point like half time. Being physical has never been an issue for me on the pump. as for wearing something huge an your hip, it is really not that big at all. you just clip it on and almost forget about it. and I know for guys it's even easier because your pockets are so big so the pump essentially disappears. I usually can't even tell if a guy is hocked up or not. I really suggest switching it makes a huge difference in your level of control and flexibility with eating and everything else. Hope this helps :)

Comment by awillie on January 31, 2012 at 9:50am

have you thought at all about an OmniPod? I like my pods because I can wear them in the shower, in the pool, while I get dressed, when I go to the gym, when I run, etc, and don't have to carry around the PDM (personal diabetes manager) on my body (or with me at all when I go out for a short jog). I wore a Medtronic MiniMed pump for about a year with absolutely no hinderance on my physical activities either. I was diagnosed when I was 18 (almost 4 years ago) so I understand what it's like to play sports/be physically active without a pump. (as do lots of others who were physically active before diagnosis or are on multiple daily injections).

Comment by Rotti on January 31, 2012 at 1:40pm

I have heard of the option to disconnect for one hour which may be a nice adjustment. I have purchased the minimed a few years back and still have not connected it for that very reason. I am leaning towards giving it a shot, just need to that last kick in the butt to get things started.
I will ask my advisor about the OmniPod next week, maybe that is a better option for me.

Comment by Belen Garcia on February 1, 2012 at 3:19pm

Hello Rotti, I have a pump since 2006 and diabetes since 1990. I am very hapy with the pump because it gives you flexibility,
About the sports, I swim and I disconnect myself to swim so no problem. I agree with Shaelah, as long as you make an sport you can disconnect but you should check your sugar before and after.
I am a teacher and none of my students have ever noticed my pump. It is no so big.

Comment by Belen Garcia on February 1, 2012 at 3:19pm

Hello Rotti, I have a pump since 2006 and diabetes since 1990. I am very happy with the pump because it gives you flexibility,
About the sports, I swim and I disconnect myself to swim so no problem. I agree with Shaelah, as long as you make an sport you can disconnect but you should check your sugar before and after.
I am a teacher and none of my students have ever noticed my pump. It is no so big.

Comment by Belen Garcia on February 1, 2012 at 3:20pm

Hello Rotti, I have a pump since 2006 and diabetes since 1990. I am very happy with the pump because it gives you flexibility,
About the sports, I swim and I disconnect myself to swim so no problem. I agree with Shaelah, as long as you make an sport you can disconnect but you should check your sugar before and after.
I am a teacher and none of my students have ever noticed my pump. It is no so big.

Comment by Belen Garcia on February 1, 2012 at 3:20pm

Hello Rotti, I have a pump since 2006 and diabetes since 1990. I am very happy with the pump because it gives you flexibility,
About the sports, I swim and I disconnect myself to swim so no problem. I agree with Shaelah, as long as you make an sport you can disconnect but you should check your sugar before and after.
I am a teacher and none of my students have ever noticed my pump. It is no so big.

Comment by Belen Garcia on February 1, 2012 at 3:20pm

Hello Rotti, I have a pump since 2006 and diabetes since 1990. I am very happy with the pump because it gives you flexibility,
About the sports, I swim and I disconnect myself to swim so no problem. I agree with Shaelah, as long as you make an sport you can disconnect but you should check your sugar before and after.
I am a teacher and none of my students have ever noticed my pump. It is no so big.

Comment by Belen Garcia on February 1, 2012 at 3:21pm

Hello Rotti, I have a pump since 2006 and diabetes since 1990. I am very happy with the pump because it gives you flexibility,
About the sports, I swim and I disconnect myself to swim so no problem. I agree with Shaelah, as long as you make an sport you can disconnect but you should check your sugar before and after.
I am a teacher and none of my students have ever noticed my pump. It is no so big.

Comment by Belen Garcia on February 1, 2012 at 3:21pm

Hello Rotti, I have a pump since 2006 and diabetes since 1990. I am very happy with the pump because it gives you flexibility,
About the sports, I swim and I disconnect myself to swim so no problem. I agree with Shaelah, as long as you make an sport you can disconnect but you should check your sugar before and after.
I am a teacher and none of my students have ever noticed my pump. It is no so big.

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