Yes – can they give one and all the bits free! as I’m not allowed a pump as my control is too good, mind you I was told by my GP that no one in my part of Berkshire can have one as both their specialist trained nurses are on maternity leave.
I tried to make it out the door with a demo unit for you but I think they’ve seen it before & security quickly relieved me of it!
I’m not allowed to talk about what they showed me but…They’re going a route I wasn’t expecting… It’ll be interesting to see what other companies are planning as the route was solving problems I don’t have & would create new problems I don’t currently have…
I’m halfway through my pumps life so before this came up I was thinking about asking a question about what people look for next, other people doing the research may have had vastly different opinions to me but if not it felt late in the day to make radical changes.
I’ve just got funding for a pump, and have a choice of Medtronic, Roche or Animas. I’ve spent hours looking online, and I’d nearly opted for the combo, then I saw it doesn’t have a ‘live insulin’ option so that’s out for me now. It’s obviously a big gripe, so they should put it right. Please will you tell them that I think putting the needle in before attaching the tubing is a great idea. I’m new here and I’m hoping to ask about pumps, if I can find the way to do it.
Hi Sue, welcome to ShootUp. If you’ve got any questions about pumps, feel free to ask away – you can start a new forum topic by clicking on “Forums” then “Living with Type One” at the top of the page, then scrolling down to the bottom where you should see a box to add a title and your posts.
I’ve been on the combo for around 18 months & I’m generally happy with it, I don’t find the problems linked above anywhere near as bad as they’re made out to be but the way it calculates IOB does have some quirks but you get used to them pretty quickly.
I notice & have problems with it most if I manually enter a bolus on the pump as it insists there’s a whack of insulin still working & the adviser won’t give corrections till its used up. I think the way it calculates IOB would be more of a problem if you move from one pump to another but the advisers all work differently.
Personally my my hba1c was around 10 before going onto the pump and my last two readings over 6 months were 6.2 and 6.3, without hypo incidents, so whilst some of the things bug me its gotta be doing something correctly!
I’m aware of one or two other combo users on here who may be able to give other insights & I recommend Alison &tims links as well as suggesting you get a copy of pumping insulin by john Walsh, its quite heavy going in places in that you’ll probably only realise a great suggestion the 3rd time you read it but it is a bible & mine of great info.