Your insulin pump is a powerful tool to help you more easily manage your diabetes. It delivers a small, continuous stream of insulin to your body day and night and is programmed to match your body’s needs.
Now that you’ve decided to start using an insulin pump, you should take a look at this list of things that you need to be doing.
1.Find the right insulin pump for you- There are different insulin pumps for different lifestyles. You need to make sure you do your research so you find the right insulin pump for you.
Things to consider when looking for an insulin pumps:
- Ease of use: Is the screen easily visible? Are the buttons easy to find and press?
- Capacity: How much insulin does the pump hold? Is it enough for you?
- Appearance: Is the pump the right size and weight for you?
- Features: Are there special features – like temporary basal settings – that you are looking for?
- Customer service: What kind of support does the company offer? Is it available 24 hours a day?
There’s a lot to consider, so be sure to find answers to all of these questions.
2.Determine the placement of your pump
You’ll want to figure out where you want to wear your pump. Although it is often worn around the hip area, you have options and should change your site every two to three days. Some good locations on your body to put your pump include your lower abdomen, lower back, back of your legs, and your hip area.
3.Take precaution when exercising
You will have to work harder to stay within your target range for blood glucose while exercising. Make sure you understand how the type of exercise you take part in can affect your blood glucose. Exercise that requires bursts of energy may actually increase your blood glucose levels while endurance exercise may lower it. Make sure you understand how your workout will change your blood glucose level.
Also, do your research so you can understand how your pump can help you manage your blood glucose while exercising. Some pumps, for instance, can deliver an extra bolus of insulin. Know your pump and how it can work best for you and your lifestyle.
4.Check your pump regularly
Make sure you check your insulin pump to confirm it is working correctly. Start by checking your infusion site for irritation. Changing your injection site every two to three days will help prevent irritation
You should also monitor your insulin pump to ensure that the basal program is running, that there is no error message, and that you are receiving the correct doses.
5.Stay calm if your pump malfunctions
Prepare for potential pump malfunctions by keeping a troubleshooting guide on hand at all times to reference. Print out a copy of it to keep in your car or luggage and think about saving it electronically on your phone and laptop. If you suspect a mechanism malfunction, contact your pump company immediately.
Still have questions? We are here to help. The experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy have been helping people manage their diabetes for many years and are available to answer questions about diabetes, insulin pumps, and supplies. Simply call our friendly customer service reps toll-free at 1-866-403-6287 Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm eastern time. You will always get to talk to a real person.