I am looking into insulin pumps.
A couple of years ago Mattie was able to get on a pump, and her doctor got us all hooked up w/and Animas rep. The rep came to my house and sat with Mattie and I for about an hour, and then we were on our own.
It was like being newly diagnosed again... I put the pump on her and we monitored her. A few times of changing the sights we noticed Mattie would swell at her insertion sites. So, I just watched it and thought when I take her to her appt we will ask about the swelling. In the meantime Mattie has SEVERE highs and then Lows. She would crash so fast, than it would trigger her Epilepsy and was a NIGHTMARE!
The school was terrified as well as I. Went to the doc, and he said that "Yes, she can have infections develop in the sites, and sometimes the cannula can get kinked inside." He mentioned that it is a hard time to adjust and get used to the pump. SO, we stuck w/it and we had TWO episodes of DKA.. and hospital visits.
So, I said no more. I really felt negative about the pumps, and thought how in the world does every one else do it. I started asking around and heard that some people say they have had a hard time w/pumps and some say they were just fine. I guess it was just US?
Mattie is starting Jr. High, and I want to make things easier for her, the school and for myself. So, I thought maybe now that she is a bit older it might be easier.
1. I am looking into the OmniPod, a rep is coming to see us on 2-8-2010.
A. I like that there is no tubing, Mattie always ripped hers out.
B. It is small
C. The insertion looks easier, and there is no guessing as to the 45 degree angle thing.
It looks like you have to fill it more frequently. Especially since she is in puberty and we are using more insulin.
Getting it to stay on.?
We already have a pump
We have all the supplies still
I am familiar with it, and wouldn't need a lot of training.
There are so many buttons to push and go through just to fix or give insulin
The tubing gets in the way.
Insertion is a bit difficult
I know that will ALL pumps there are good and bad things, but I would like your opinion and help. Please tell me ALL the bad and goods of what your kids are using or you are using. Maybe a pump still won't be the best option for her, and the insulin pen is the way to go?
I don't know, she just really wants to use a pump. It's her diabetes and I will let her choose.
So, please tell me about your pumps!!