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Which pump is the best or are they all the same?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by Aeagle, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Aeagle

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    We just got the good news my little girl is going to be on the pump. I am so happy for her. I really dont know alot about the pumps so I really could use some advice on which one is the best pump to get. We are going tomorrow to pick it out and try a demo one for a week to see how we like it. Then they are going to order ours. I am just so excited! :)
     
  2. RacerWife7

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    We just went with what our endo recommended (MiniMed). I didn't even consider anything else to be honest. Not because I didn't want to know. Actually, we did want to know. So, we asked. And the doc told us that he prefers his patients be on the MM because it has the lowest basal dosage (0.025 u). Actually the Animas Ping uses the same basal dosage. But, the Animas doesn't allow bolusing at 0.025 u - apparently, it starts at 0.05.

    SO... my personal suggestion would be to talk with the doctor and see what they suggest and ask WHY. And, in the meantime, here's a link to a comparison chart: http://www.diabetesnet.com/diabetes-technology/insulin-pumps/current-pumps/pump-comparison ;)
     
  3. frizzyrazzy

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    a pump is like a car. Only you can decide what you need.

    there are two main "traditional" pump companies (pumps with tubing) and those are
    http://www.minimed.com
    http://www.animas.com/

    the no tubing pump is
    http://www.myomnipod.com/

    All pumps work in the same way - they give tiny doses of insulin throughout the day as 'basal' and then whenever you eat you give a larger "bolus' dose. You only use Novolog/Humalog - no long acting insulin. But each pump has it's own little quirks, something you can't know just by visually looking. I would suggest that you go and see each pump and then be allowed to take each home and play with it. Learn how it feels to deliver a bolus on each, how to program etc and then you'll know which pump you like best.

    Good luck.
     
  4. sdneese

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    Look at all the different choices and see what fits your lifestyle. We chose Omnipod because my 11 year old is active and, quite frankly, somewhat clumsy. He also spends a lot of time swimming and with the Omnipod he doesn't have to disconnect anything, just suspends his basal. The endocrinologist agreed with us, but recently said she has very few patients on it.
     
  5. PatriciaMidwest

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    Yes, it's really about finding what's right for you. A demo is the way to find out hands on if it really works for your lifestyle. There are 3 major players in the pump market and they are all great!
     

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