[acb-diabetics] Insulin Pump: To do or not to do.
veronica at laurelcreekmusic.com
Fri Nov 11 13:51:09 EST 2011
I am currently using the Cozmo from Smiths Medical, which is no
longer available. I have been on a pump since 1991 and wouldn't go
back to MDI for love nor money. <grin.> It's not something I fuss
with all the time, quite the contrary.
I enjoyed reading the description of using the Medtronics and I
cringed a bit. Problem is, when you enter your amount through the
easy bolus, that amount isn't calculated into the insulin on board
feature. Yikes. That's one of the things I really like about the
pump. If you test your blood sugar and then want to take insulin to
correct a high, the pump will factor in the amount of insulin you
have still active in your system and subtract that amount. This
prevents stacking and really cuts down on lows.
Here's what I would suggest you do for research. Because none of the
pumps are what you'd call truly accessable, everyone's comfort level
with figuring out the work-arounds is quite different. Your best
research is to set up sessions with someone from each company so you
can actually get your hands on each pump and see what feels right for
you. The various reps are more than happy to do this. They do it for
sighted people too.
I would meet with a Medtronics rep, an Animas rep, an Omnipod rep and
an Accucheck Spirit rep from Roche. The Spirit will give you the most
in terms of audio feedback, but it doesn't have as many features
built into the pumps as the others. On the other hand, if when you
check out the pumps, you don't think you'll be using those features,
then the Spirit just may be your best option. None of the meters
which link directly with the pumps talk at all.
The last time I had the round of visits was April of 2009. I'm
honestly not sure which one I'd choose today if I had to because I
can really access so many of the features of my Cozmo, including
setting basal rates and stuff in their software. I'm spoiled.
But for me, the pump has given me so much freedom and flexibility. As
someone who periodically ends up on steroids, man, I can't imagine
sorting out those times without the pump. It's made meals more
flexibile and allowed me to be much more spontaneous than I was on
regular injections. The other big thing for me is that because of how
the pump works, I was able to gain better control with half the
amount of total daily insulin. That alone would be reason enough for
me to put in the effort to learn a pump. I did not find it difficult
at all to learn filling cartridges or connecting infusion sets.
Although I did have more trouble with the Medtronics sets. And by the
way, I am totally blind.
So, I really encourage you to have a grand, fun snoop. Your best
homework is just hands-on play. And then feel free to come here with
any questions, rants or whatever. <grin.> And keep us posted, of
course. Good luck and have fun with the process.
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