Which insulin pump should I choose?

Yesterday I had an appointment with my diabetes specialist. He is a very knowledgeable and personable physician who didn’t make me feel like a child(!) when he spoke with me about my diabetes care. He even started the consultation with a great icebreaker. As we we began to introduce ourselves he quickly remembered to go over to the sink and wash his hands (yes!) and said, “I don’t want you to catch what my last patient has — diabetes.” 🙂 Har-har! I knew I might actually like my doctor, with his goofy sense of humor.

After I told him how difficult it was for me to maintain an exercise routine (because blood sugar levels are managed by physical activity as well as by eating a well-balanced diet) he recommended I switch to an insulin pump. I currently take 4 insulin injections a day, and could actually take more, but the actual trouble is maintaining tighter control on my blood sugar levels so that I avoid the highs and lows that seem to vary with schedules that aren’t as routine as I’d like. An insulin pump would deliver insulin throughout the day, much like a human pancreas does.
old-insulin-pump

That’s what makes wearing a pump so appealing. Kind of like, “Just set it and forget it!” I’ve got a couple models to choose from, and if my health insurance picks up the cost I’ll be so happy! If anyone has any experience with insulin pumps, I’d love to know their opinion. Which insulin pump should I choose? The Medtronic pump or the Accu-Chek pump? The Medtronic is very integrated in its blood glucose monitoring, but the Accu-chek comes with a cool Palm Pilot to input BG values. Knowing how I can misplace things, though, I might just find that leaving my Palm upstairs while I’m sitting down to a meal and deciding how much insulin to program in my pump may be a tedious extra step.

I’m really hoping I can switch to an insulin pump. Which one should I choose? Medtronic or Accu-Chek?

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2 Responses to “Which insulin pump should I choose?”

  1. Michael Says:

    Lol it sounds kind of Borg-ish….I wish I could have a beer pump.

  2. Kathleen Says:

    Yeyaah, I know! Wait, no beer pump.

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