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Old 11-15-2015, 08:07 AM
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Wife is 53 yrs old, been on insulin injections for about 7-8 yrs(long family history of diabetes)

She takes 4 injections a day and just had a check up with her endrocrenologist and he is wanting her to consider an insulin pump or the Omnipod

She had fought him on the pump for some reason, love her with all my heart but is one hard headed bitch some times LOL, but I think now she realizes it would keep insulin levels more level and constant

She has co worker that has husband and 2 daughters on pump and knows several others, she is worried she will fall into trap some of them do and just eat as they want and adjust pump to make it up. Also I think she is some what self concious about wearing a pump as well for some reason

Just like some ideas, want to keep my bride of 30 yrs healthy for a long time and just looking at pros and cons
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Old 11-15-2015, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by tprice View Post
Wife is 53 yrs old, been on insulin injections for about 7-8 yrs(long family history of diabetes)

She takes 4 injections a day and just had a check up with her endrocrenologist and he is wanting her to consider an insulin pump or the Omnipod

She had fought him on the pump for some reason, love her with all my heart but is one hard headed bitch some times LOL, but I think now she realizes it would keep insulin levels more level and constant

She has co worker that has husband and 2 daughters on pump and knows several others, she is worried she will fall into trap some of them do and just eat as they want and adjust pump to make it up. Also I think she is some what self concious about wearing a pump as well for some reason

Just like some ideas, want to keep my bride of 30 yrs healthy for a long time and just looking at pros and cons
Her concerns are valid 100%. Unfortunately this type of thinking is a result of poor diabetic education. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a very common problem with the pump. The thought process that the pump is able to compensate for a non-diabetic eating philosophy is utterly wrong. The pump will compensate for a slight variation but the diet must remain fully controlled! Any consideration to the contrary is an invitation to trouble and a health risk. If she is not controlled with insulin and diet don't go to the pump!
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Old 11-15-2015, 10:43 AM
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I've been a member of www.diabetesforums.com for about 2.5 years. I've been able to keep myself "at risk" since going low carb. There are quite a few members there who are on pumps. Consider it a THT for Diabetics. You may get some good info over there too.
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Old 11-15-2015, 11:06 AM
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My wife's best friend's daughter is a juvenile diabetic and has been on the pump for a number of years now. She was diagnosed when she was 3 and is now 15. I see her all the time and most of the times I cannot tell she is wearing the pump even though I know she has one. I think most people would have no clue she was wearing one at all, they are very easily concealed.She comes out on the boat with it all the time and when she wants to go swimming, it takes her a couple of seconds to unhook it. Doesn't slow her down one bit and I think if a 15 yr old can work around it, your wife should have no problem wth it. The thing I really like about her pump is that it has an app that allows you to check the levels via a smart phone, set alerts as to when the levels start to get too high or low.
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Old 11-15-2015, 01:33 PM
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I was diagnosed at a young age and have now been on a pump for around 15 years. Getting the pump when I was young was once of the best decisions I have ever made. I'm very picky with how I take care of myself and what I eat and my pump helps me keep my a1c in the low 6's. I have also done a lot of research regarding type 1. If you have any questions please PM me.
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Old 11-15-2015, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by runabout View Post
My wife's best friend's daughter is a juvenile diabetic and has been on the pump for a number of years now. She was diagnosed when she was 3 and is now 15. I see her all the time and most of the times I cannot tell she is wearing the pump even though I know she has one. I think most people would have no clue she was wearing one at all, they are very easily concealed.She comes out on the boat with it all the time and when she wants to go swimming, it takes her a couple of seconds to unhook it. Doesn't slow her down one bit and I think if a 15 yr old can work around it, your wife should have no problem wth it. The thing I really like about her pump is that it has an app that allows you to check the levels via a smart phone, set alerts as to when the levels start to get too high or low.
I don't have any personal experience. However my wife is a 1st grade teacher and she has had a couple of students that were juvenile diabetics and had a pump. Based upon what she has told me the pump improved their life style and was virtually undetectable.

I remember when she had the first student (little girl) she was very concerned because she didn't want to do anything wrong that would cause harm to the student. Everything went well no problems and the student and her mother are one of my wife's favorite students that she remembers fondly.

Based upon my limited experience, I think this would be an improvement in your wife's daily life. Good luck with your decision. I wish your wife the best.
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Old 11-15-2015, 03:47 PM
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My stepdaughter has the omnipod. Just input how many carbs your going to eat and forget it. The pods last about two and half days each.
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Old 11-16-2015, 08:30 AM
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I'm 49 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 4 years ago.

I just started with the Tandem t:slim G4 pump that integrates Dexcom G4 continuous glucose monitoring. I have used the Dexcom G4 CGM for the past year prior to going on the pump and the CGM data is invaluable.

http://www.tandemdiabetes.com/Produc...-Insulin-Pump/

The OmniPod is cool technology and Insulet is a Massachusetts company based near where I live and work but it is not integrated with a CGM and I really think that is key.
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