Did your physician recently recommend an insulin pump to manage your diabetes? Before you undergo the installation procedure, your doctor will likely provide a list of dos and don’ts regarding how to wear and maintain your pump.
Consider the following overview of insulin pumps and how they work; be sure to make note of any questions you may have for your physician prior to the installation of your insulin pump.
- How an Insulin Pump Works
An insulin pump is a mechanical device that continuously delivers insulin to your body through a permanent port in the abdomen. It is also possible to program the pump to give the body extra insulin during meal times or whenever the body’s blood sugar gets too high. The benefit of this device lies in its convenience—with an insulin pump, individuals do not have to stop frequently throughout the day to give themselves shots of insulin.
- Where to Store an Insulin Pump
Insulin pumps are about the size of a pager or small cell phone. Users typically buy cases for their pumps, which can be attached to a belt, pants pocket, bra, or pair of underwear. Any excess tubing should be carefully tucked into the waistband of the pants to avoid hitting or tugging. While sleeping, the pump should be kept nearby, either on the bed or attached to the waistband of your pajamas, an armband, or your blankets.
- When to Disconnect Your Pump
There are situations in which your pump may have to be disconnected to ensure its safety. For example, though pumps are water resistant, they should not be completely submerged. You may want to invest in a water-proof case, or disconnect your pump entirely, before swimming or bathing. In addition, it’s advisable to disconnect your pump before engaging in any contact-heavy physical activity. During such situations, simply remember to reconnect your insulin pump within one to two hours and closely monitor yourself for any signs of blood sugar imbalances.
Do you have more questions about insulin pumps? Call Lifeline Medical & Diabetic at (888) 719-4870; we are your one-stop shop for diabetes medical equipment, including a large selection of custom footwear and diabetic supplies.