Insulin Pumps

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    Aug 22, 2014 10:34 AM GMT
    This goes out to all my fellow Type 1 folks out there...

    So I'm thinking about switching to an Insulin Pump, and wanted to know if any of you folks out there have them, and can give me some recommendations for the best brand.

    I've always been leery of the tubes or 'tethers' between the body and the pump. I'm by all accounts a very active sleeper, and I'd worry about getting things tangled up in the bedsheets. I'm also very active in bed when I'm not sleeping, but that's a story for a different forum. icon_twisted.gif

    I'm leaning toward the Omnipod brand, but would love to hear any comments or reviews on what you have and use for yourselves.

    So who out there is a pumper, and what advice do you have?
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    Aug 25, 2014 1:07 PM GMT
    Go talk to an Endocrinologist about insulin pumps. There are pumps that are implanted in the body and have no tubes hanging.
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    Nov 14, 2014 9:37 PM GMT
    Insulin pumps offer better control over blood sugars than traditional insulin pens. It's more like the action of the pancreas.

    The omnipod as you mentioned is a all in one system so no tubes but it's more expensive as more "disposable" parts, so not sure if that's something that you need to consider. For my patients it's more of what's suitable and thankfully the NHS funds it for them.

    I work with kids and none of them seem to have any issues with it getting tangled during sleep.

    If you are worried about it getting tangled during other activity like sex then you can usually take it off for short periods of time, depending on the individual but usually up to 1 hour is ok.

    Hope that helps.
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    Nov 14, 2014 10:54 PM GMT
    One of my roomies is Type 1.

    He just told me about one of his female friends who was also Type 1 and used a pump. A few years ago the pump stopped working while she was eating at a family function, but it didn't alert her like it was supposed to do. She ended up feeling tired and needed to "lay down for a nap."

    She "woke up" from the coma two weeks later brain dead, and then died two days after that.
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    Nov 18, 2014 7:20 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidOne of my roomies is Type 1.

    He just told me about one of his female friends who was also Type 1 and used a pump. A few years ago the pump stopped working while she was eating at a family function, but it didn't alert her like it was supposed to do. She ended up feeling tired and needed to "lay down for a nap."

    She "woke up" from the coma two weeks later brain dead, and then died two days after that.


    Wow I wonder what other words of encouragement you have. You must be some comfort to the ones around you....NOTicon_idea.gif

    I am not a fan of the OP, but doubt your comment added any value or information!
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    Nov 18, 2014 10:58 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the feedback.

    After the conversation died in august, i stopped following the thread. I appreciate your input, Dr. CK, the omni was recommended to me by my endo, and things have been great.

    Paulflexes, i' e heard stories like that before, and i feel bad for your friend's loss. Ive had times where i've ran high and ran low, and i'd hope to recognize the symptoms before it was too late. That story was tragic.

    And thanks for backing me up, mikemikemike... Not sure why you're not a fan, but i'm a fan of yours.

    And now i'll suffer the slings and arrows of "no1currrs"... But the input is appreciated anyway.icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 19, 2014 3:47 PM GMT
    Dr_CK said If you are worried about it getting tangled during other activity like sex then you can usually take it off for short periods of time, depending on the individual but usually up to 1 hour is ok.


    What you should have said, JS:
    "One hour? I'm just getting warmed up."

  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 19, 2014 5:27 AM GMT
    Jon I guess I'm still a fan, but we disagreed on politics once and you gave it to me. We all have a right a difference of opinion. I still do not like Obama at all but I have voted for democrats in the past. We r both bi and in diff types of relationships that workicon_smile.gif