Pumping Insulin – An Update

It’s been 7 months since I started pumping instead of injecting insulin. A move I didn’t make lightly. In fact there was a time when pumping wasn’t even on my radar, but life and my circumstances were about to change and that’s what made me re-think my diabetes management regime. It was time for more efficiency & convenience. The time for whipping out an insulin pen whenever necessary just wasn’t going to fit my lifestyle any more. You see I was about to become a Grandma to a beautiful little girl who would be born with Spina Bifida. As a family we were unsure about what the future would bring but there was one thing I did know and that was that mother and baby were going to need lots of very practical help and support both at home and in hospital.

Alyssa at 18 months old here (July 2017) and doing great.

I was a bit anxious about the change from injecting to pumping and there was a bit of learning to do, but my feelings about it was relief to finally get started. It definitely made life easier and it was more convenient for me.
They did explain at the hospital that at first my HBA1C could increase until I was totally comfortable with it and on my first check 6 months after starting My HBA1C was 56 or 7.3% if your still more comfortable using the old method readings.

A little increase but nothing to worry about.

( convention chart here )

I do understand why some people wouldn’t want to pump, for starters it means it’s attached to me at all times and I tend to choose my clothes according to what will accommodate my pump.

I have also had 2 pump malfunctions within a 2 week period but they were replaced within 5 hours by Medtronic.

The benefits of pumping, for me outweighed those problems.

Before starting on the MiniMed 640G I had been wearing a CGM while injecting ( the Medtronic guardian continuous glucose meter ) so that part of the new pumping experience was nothing strange, it was like I was 1/2 way there already, and with the pump having an integrated CGM and communicating with the pump it now meant the insulin suspended if I was going low and that’s a huge safety feature that I value.

I love pumping and would find it very difficult to go back to injecting insulin every time I needed it.

For those of us in Ireland, batteries for insulin pumps are covered on our long term illness scheme (LTI) please get in touch with us for further information if your pharmacist does not acknowledge this for you.


We ourselves dictate our limitations, we also dictate our successes .

I’m Davina Lyon, I’m not a professional, just a person With Type 1 Diabetes sharing experience.

For those who think diabetes is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle let me clarify a couple of things.
I have type 1 diabetes. It’s an autoimmune disease. Nothing I did, or didn’t do caused it and nothing I do will cure it. There’s is currently no cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes happens because our own antibodies attack and destroy an organ in the body. it’s an autoimmune response where antibodies that normally fight disease mistake a part of our body
(the pancreas in this case) as foreign and attack to destroy it.
When those antibodies attack the insulin producing islets in the pancreas we stop producing insulin so we need to inject or pump it.

Without insulin a person with type 1 diabetes would die. At present it is not known what causes this to happen, and there is no cure.
A person with Type 1 diabetes MUST inject or pump insulin to stay alive.

There are many factors that contribute to a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes so pre judgment of a lifestyle choice is unfair at very least.
A person with Type 2 diabetes, while still producing their own insulin for various reasons their body cannot use it correctly or efficiently.
These people are generally treated with oral medications and sometimes with insulin injections.

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