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Im considering switching from insulin pens to the pump, it's not gonna happen any time soon so I'd like to research until I find the best option. Please share w/me your experience/ suggestions Thanks!

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21 Answers
Living with type 1 diabetes since 1970.
Vero Beach, FL
I love my pump it gives me the freedom from injections and better coverage!

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1995.
Toronto, CAN
it is different for everyone I switched from my pump after 9 years back to injections and since then my a1c got better.

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1992.
Two Harbors, MN
I've been on a pump for about 15 years. I love being able to take insulin discreetly. I was always reluctant to pull out a syringe and take some so I often skipped shots. Being able to program your does is wonderful. I have a Tslim pump so I set up different amounts for different times in the day (like needing more in the early morning for dawn phenomenon then it automatically decreases my dose around 9 am).

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1992.
Two Harbors, MN
You can also set up different profiles like "weekend" that will decrease my dose for the days I can sleep in or "exercise" so I won't drop too low. The dual wave bolus feature is also great if you eat a meal over a long period or a fatty meal that digests slower you can set to it to deliver part of your insulin immediately and the rest over the next hour or two. I've done both tubed pumps and the Omnipod and I prefer tubed. :)

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2003.
Dallas, TX
I switched from Humalog and Lantus pens to the Animas Vibe pump and Dexcom 4g CGM. The difference in control and blood sugar efficiency is incredible. If I would have known how much tighter control I had with these devices, I would have switched years ago. I HIGHLY recommend trying it out a pump & CGM.

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1996.
Lubbock, TX
I made to switch from MDIs to a Medtronic pump almost 4 years ago. I do not have a CGM as my insurance at the time wouldn't cover it. My control is much tighter on a pump and I enjoy the freedom of not being tied down to eating at certain times, which I need being a mom and in nursing school. You also have to be willing to test more and get good at counting carbs. That being said, being on a pump has its disadvantages too. I can't tell you how many times my tubing got caught on my daughter's foot when she was a baby or on a doorknob during clinical and got ripped out. If you don't have your insulin and syringes or a new site on you, you're SOL. I've had that happen too. All in all, I'd much rather be on my pump than injections.

I'm a mom supporting a child with type 1 diabetes since 2012.
Manassas Park, VA
love the pump. omnipod is wireless and waterproof

Living with type 1 diabetes since 2015.
Hialeah, FL

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1993.
Mission Valley, CA
I'm on the Omnipod and a Dexcom sensor. I prefer being on a pump to anything else I've ever tried. It's so much easier. I chose the Omnipod because it's waterproof and no tubing and I can place it so many spots. I've had very few issues with it.

Pumps a defiantly different for everyone. We have had animas ping for 4 years and just started 4 more. Like that it is waterproof my girl can swim with it on. It has a meter that is remote for pump. I would avoid integrated pumps as they can't be updated when it comes to the com in them. Dexcom is updating like crazy 3 this year so the integrated pump is a step backwards

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