Pump therapy

For people with diabetes, the idea behind a “pump holiday” is slightly oxymoronic. We all know there are no vacations.
Today I de-pumped, pulled the pump “plug” and abandoned the pump ship. The pump has flown the diabetes coop.
I am untethered.

I have been wearing an insulin pump for about 15 years; the [...]

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It’s so easy to get smug with your insulin pump – right? You feel in control living in a Quantifier’s utopia – you’ve got the carbs down, dosage according to sensitivity and an almighty basal that’s custom tailored. You’ve learned how to navigate away from doorknobs (tethered pumps) or use to caution [...]

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In 2010, the FDA reported that there were approximately 375,000 individuals who utilized insulin pump therapy for type 1 diabetes in the United States.  Worldwide it has been estimated that there are somewhere between 750,000 and 1 million insulin pump users.  The cause in rise is in part to the growing number of newly diagnosed [...]

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I use the flat surface of a made-bed as the place to change my insulin pump infusion sets or CGM. The standing position allows me to see clearly and work fast, while I inject, tick-tick the reservoir or fill the cannula. Since I tend to throw things when I am done with them [...]

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Gary Scheiner, Diabetes Coach, Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and Exercise Physiologist has a special tutorial designed so people can learn how to manage diabetes while eating any type of pizza.  Pizza?  I tuned in very quickly.  In his 10 minute video, Gary explains why pizza is such a difficult food to eat with diabetes, why [...]

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I came, I saw, I calibrated.
My new Veo insulin pump arrived today.
It may not be Julius Caesar worthy, but it’s big news.
This is my 6th pump in 12 years.  Two fell apart.  I was upgraded to one and the other 3 represent what my insurance company deems reasonable, “a new pump every 4 years” which [...]

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Diabetes makes me crazy.  I admitted that today when I began to notice the trail of diabetes supplies around the house, test strips stuck to the floor of the car, glucose tabs under my pillow this morning (really!), and little blood stains on a door molding where a finger stick got out of hand.  It [...]

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“If I could have any insulin pump in the world – real or not, I think most teenagers like me would want an iPump,” said a bubbly type 1 teen at a Hong Kong insulin Pump Group meeting this weekend.    Sponsored by Medtronic’s Diabetes Care division, the meeting was attended by a handful of [...]

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