I'm in love with the i-port - it's like a mini-me insulin pump

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 know after 41 years prior to going onto the pump back in 2008 - but if you don't use it - you lose it as the saying goes. Personally, I think every pumper should take a break from their pump - get back to their roots - but know last time I did a blog about that here at Tudiabetes - got much hate mail/responses - that it scared me off abit with posting - since I know many Americans are very pro pumpers (those are the lucky ones with coverage - unlike some that don't have it in other countries - that pay out of pocket - or just don't pump due to the cost). So read on, and learn what I mean by "mini-me pump" - maybe it's something you've never heard of - if not - I've done my job of educating today!

Okay, okay, don't get your nose out of joint - my fellow insulin pumping peeps - that I'm saying that the i-port is a mini-me insulin pump - but in away - when you look at it "logically" without any anger from my statement - I AM the "mini-me" pump - I am the brains behind what goes into my body - via the i-port - I AM IN CONTROL - not a machine - that I've programmed with best intentions to keep my diabetes health in control.

Yes, I still have to give a separate shot for my "basal" rate with long acting insulin - I do this twice a day - 12 hours part seems to work best for me. The basal rate is basically what your pancreas - if it's working - squirts out all the time - in order to keep your blood sugar in a normal range when your not eating, etc. With diabetes - your pancreas can be abit on the wonky side and either work when it feels like (e.g. Type 2) or like myself as a Type 1 - where my pancreas is dead as a door nail.

The recommendations of the i-port website is that only ONE type of insulin being put thru' the port via either a pen needle (no shorter than 5mm) OR a syringe (29 gauge is thickest - otherwise you will possibly punction the wall of the cannula) - and I'm fine with that. With a "real" insulin pump - which has an insulin cartridge (the i-port does NOT - you INJECT insulin via the port) - it's programmed to squirt out ""X amount" of rapid acting insulin - for your basal rate as well as your bolus rate (aka - if you have to correct a higher than normal blood sugar (BG) or for when you are eating a meal). If this has got you abit confused about the types of insulin - check out the link from Diabetes.co.uk that explains how injected insulins work in our bodies.

To read abit more about my experience with the i-port - please feel free to check out the rest of the blog that has more details and pictures of my experience LINK. Feel free to ask questions either here or there - I'm happy to answer any questions you may have!

( http://www.therollercoasterrideofdiabetes.com/2013/03/im-in-love-with-i-port-its-like-mini-me.html )

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Comment by renka on March 30, 2013 at 9:42pm
So, this is basically an infusion set that you put your shots into and the insulin goes into you thought the cannula instead of you having to poke yourself in multiple spots? Interesting! Good luck
Comment by FatCatAnna on March 30, 2013 at 9:47pm

Yes Renka - not sure if you read the whole blog (e.g. clicked on the link) - but it is all explained there in detail. So instead of 18 shots every 3 days - just doing ONE - via the i-port. Do you do MDI or are you an insulin pumper?

Comment by FatCatAnna on March 30, 2013 at 9:48pm

I can't write on your wall - as it's private - so hopefully you see my response to you.

Comment by Karen on March 31, 2013 at 5:45am

any bad sites with the Iport like with pumping sites?

Comment by Frasky on March 31, 2013 at 7:15am

A great article. Not too sure if I'm ready to try it, but it is nice to know that an alternative is available if I need it. As you can see I tracked you down yet again.

Comment by renka on March 31, 2013 at 9:42am
My page is marked private? I'm a pumper but in feb I went back to shots just to see how it would be again but I prefer the pump. I just hate how it looks with some of my clothes. I know that stupid cause health is more important. I'm single and dating etc... Hate to explain the pump right away. I'm pretty good at hiding it. It's good to know your options.
Comment by renka on March 31, 2013 at 9:43am
I also want to know how to add pics to a blog! Lol.... Has nothing to do with the I-port!
Comment by FatCatAnna on March 31, 2013 at 11:37am

Okay "Frasky" I kinda thought that was you - nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more (jezz Louise the Beaver and Canadian flag - why didn't I get it? ). Karen - am sure with our infusion sites with the pump - same thing can happen (clogs/probs with skin due to not rotating). It's really NO different than the infusion sets used by pumpers - except if you didn't read the FULL blog - you'll realise - there is no tubing or little machine that goes PING (not meaning to make fun of your pump Frasky).

Comment by FatCatAnna on March 31, 2013 at 11:41am

Yeah - renka - when I went to look at your profile - it's closed (so I couldn'[t send you a private msg aka PM). Being closed, I can't tell anything about you (does my page look the same way I wonder to you?). You may have your settings for your a/c here set to private - not sure. As far as putting in pictures, etc. - if you look up in the bar above when you are composing a comment here on TuD - you can put in links (like I did) - pictures - all by clicking and following the "simple" instructions - tho' I do find some of the instructions a wee bit over my head at times - and sorta stumble thru' and it usually works for my posts. Hopes this help - and am sure one the Admins can point you in the right direction as to how to do this all.

Comment by Clare on April 1, 2013 at 3:06pm

Hi Anna, thanks for posting this. I am someone who has resisted getting a pump for many reasons mostly because I don't want to give control to a computer and I also don't want to walk around with a tube delivering insulin, and I understand the pod has no tubing, but it is still relinquishing control to a machine. So I emailed the nurse at my D clinic today to see if she has any experience with this product. Turns out this product has been around for a long time, but they only recently upgraded and improved the product and renewed marketing attempts. I told her I was interested in trying it so she has ordered some samples for me. Now I have to email the insurance company and see their policy for covering it. I also told her I was planning on putting both apidra and levemir in to the same port. While I realize you're not supposed to do that, I'll experiment on myself and see what happens. But it certainly would be nice to take 1 shot instead of 15-18. Of course I just got a shipment of 500 pen needles (all too short for the I-port) but I'm sure someone can use them.

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