I am a Type 1 diabetic and currently using an insulin pump. However, with the cost of supplies and strips I am thinking about going back to shots. Has anyone here used a pump and went back to shots? What are your thoughts?

19 Answers

watrous.s
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I am on the pump. Where do you get your supplies? I use the durable medical thru medical ins. Much cheaper than pharmacy ins. Also do you have tax saver account.? I also space mine out. I get 90 day supplies but I order one part each month


534
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Yes, I have! I'm very pleased with my decision. For me, the biggest challenge was dose adjustment, for my basal ( Lantus). Once I got that figured out, it's been good. Because I didn't have the pump to look back at my last dose given, or to calculate dosage. I use the app RapidCalc. I really like it. You input your correction factor, carb to insulin ratio into the app. When it's time to bolus, you just put in the carb count and /or your blood sugar and the app gives you the recommended dose based on the carb to insulin ratio or correction factor you input into it. You can also set a reminder to give your basal insulin dose.

pearly.middleton
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I've never heard of that app! Thanks for the recommendation. I would love to have help calculating dosage versus just using my years of experience and intuition.


ebrahimi38
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I went from shots for 7 years, pump for 4, shots for 2 and now I'm back on a pump. It was alright, but I hated carrying everything with me. That was my biggest thing. Now I just carry my wallet and phone and I'm good to go. Both ways I could live with though

janetta
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I agree leaving without a purse full of stuff makes the pump and CGM worth it if nothing else. I am however going back to needles and finger sticks for a vacation. Not looking forward to lugging all this stuff around


valois77
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I gave up the pump because I couldn’t keep infusion sites. I use Lantus and lispro (via pen) and am very happy with it. I do use a Dexcom CGM. My new endo urged me to go on a pump recently and I said no. The combo of the CGM and pen is the best for me.


grills63
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I went back to shots for about 2-3 weeks a few years ago and hated it so much I only lasted that short amount of time. I like the freedom my pump gives me


vierling
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I'm considering this too


schiltz
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Hey tami - I tried the pump but went back to shots and then my dr had me try Afrezza (inhaled insulin) - it is awesome and the company has all sorts of help with costs IF your insurance doesn't cover YET! Mannkind cares is company - I LOVE it! Freedom from pump and cost is fine...


s.vivienne95
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I've never been on a pump...but pens are definitely more convenient then syringes and vials.


vacanti
Answered 1 year ago    reply

yes I love the freedom of shots.


mainey
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I was on a pump for 13 years off and on if I remember correctly. I too cannot afford it. I went back on injections & will never go back to a pump. I did get the OneDrop glucose monitor system to monitor everything which helped tremendously. I am much more stable with

pearly.middleton
Answered 1 year ago    reply

Same exact story here, Melania. I have better A1c's now than I did when on the pump (25 years).

mainey
Answered 1 year ago    reply

pearly, same here. I'm 25 years T1 this year. Oh the pump I packed on weight too. Still working on getting that off.


headamanda60
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I used a pump for 17 years, switched to injections and still had great control.


pearly.middleton
Answered 1 year ago    reply

When my pump died a couple of years ago (not too long out of warranty) I decided to make the switch back to multiple daily injections using pens. I LOVE it! I am very fond of wearing dresses and I always had to mess with hiding the pump. I feel like I have more freedom now than when I was on the pump (which I wore for 25 years). I felt like the cost of supplies and replacement pump was cost prohibitive for me, especially as I get older and plan for retirement. Everyone has to figure out the best way for their individual journey, but for me, going off the pump and back on MDI was the best decision I ever made. Last two A1c's were both 6.2!! I never could break 7.0 when I was on the pump.


tumbl
Answered 1 year ago    reply

It sure is nice to quickly see how much IOB is in action....plus split/delayed blouses.....yes, can split MDI but much easier to see IOB on working vs holding. I waited 52 years for the right pump....glad I waited, I think I am pretty happy.


hedgpeth41
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I'm currently taking a break from my pump just because well... I needed a break and it has pros and cons! I feel more freedom with my clothing and not having to deal with tubes and all that, but I definitely have less control without my pump. Before when I was going low, I'd set a temp basal to prevent it instead of having to eat something so stuff like that, I miss.


solkowitz
Answered 1 year ago    reply

I have been T1 for 24years. Didn't get a pump until last June and took it off in September. I'm back on MDI. I didn't have better control with the pump, I only used it because it was hard to manage my shots while my son was younger and life was crazy. I am waiting to get my Dexcom set-up again in Nov when my insurance will cover it. I had MUCH better control on MDI with the Dex than the pump with and without the Dex.


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