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My name is Sharon, I am 41 and have had type 1 diabetes for 7 years. I am married with 2 children aged 12 and 9. Big shock being diagnosed as no family history, nor did I have gestational diabetes and was otherwise fit and well! Just gone on to animas insulin pump 2 weeks ago, not off to a great start and was wondering how others have fared with pumps? Does it get any easier to navigate and how about having to wear the thing 24/7? I have had it fall out, rip out (line and all!) and 2 lots of un- explained high BGL's so far!!
 

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Thanks for your welcome. I am wearing the pump just in my pocket at the moment, have tried the bra thing but it is bulky and uncomfortable I find. Can really see the square outline through my clothes! Yes, I had one session with an animas rep but I am 6 hrs round trip away from any help at the hospital where I got fitted. Just e mailing the educator now for assistance. I have had the pump just fall to the floor twice and ripped the line completely out, maybe taping might help. Will try, thanks. Yes, I have the book "pumping insulin" by John Walsh, also purchased from amazon but I got it ages ago, well before the pump and was overwhelmed by it to be honest! Have had a bit of a look at it since starting pump and yes it has been helpful. I find snacking between meals a pain though as levels will be high if I don't tell the pump what I am having. How do you get around this or don't you? I think I have my basal and everything set pretty right as if I don't eat or snack my levels are pretty consistently around 4-6. I have just fiddled with this myself as no one was really willing to do this with me during the first week as they wanted to see how I was going to go but I was constantly high so I changed all the levels myself!! Endo not much help as he is also 6 hrs round trip away too and like all endo's pretty stretched for time and hard to catch!

Thanks for your help and quick reply, yes you helped!
 

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Hi Sharon...I too recently started pumping...April 2011. I was very anxious at first but now I love it. HATE wearing it..not exactly fashion friendly..lol...but I love what it does for my blood sugars!! I went on the medtronic website and order some of the belts with pouches to hold my pump. One goes around your waist and their is one for your leg as well. I also use the really sticky skin prep before I do a site change. I t will help make it stick to your skin better..I was having the same issue at first with it peeling off. I love having a shower..just to be able to disconnect is awesome. I'm no expert but if you have any questions please feel free to send me a message.
I am getting more acquainted with my pump although still not in love with wearing it 24/7! I am looking for a belt and the sticky things sound good. Where do you get them? Seeing the educator in a few weeks so hope to do some more fine tuning then. Will keep in touch, thanks for your support.
 
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