As some of you already know, we have officially decided to choose the Cozmo insulin pump. You can read all about this pump at http://www.cozmore.com/ to get a better understanding of how it works and the wonderful features it has.
The pump is a plastic case that's about the size of a deck of cards or small cell phone. It contains a reservoir that holds several days worth of insulin, a tiny battery-operated pump, and a computer chip regulating how much insulin is pumped. The infusion set is a thin plastic tube with a fine needle at the end. It carries the insulin from the pump to the site of infusion beneath your skin. It delivers insulin in two ways: continuously at a low dose and rapidly in a larger dose. The low dose is delivered every few minutes (3 minutes for the Cozmo pump) 24 hours a day to maintain a "basal" level of insulin, just like the pancreas does in people without diabetes. The larger dose, or "bolus" doses are given before meals. With the press of a button, you program how much additional insulin the pump is to release, depending on results of blood sugar and the amount of food you intend to eat. Your body is unique so you must work very closely with your doctor to get the doses just right for you. The Cozmo pump also has the glucose meter that attaches to the back of it. Kacey will never be without her meter again.
Most people quickly adapt to wearing a pump. When the infusion set is properly inserted and the skin at the site is not irritated, you should not be aware of your pump. The most common infusion site is the tummy but you can also use the hips, thighs and arms...basically the same places you use for injections. The tubing comes in lengths long enough to allow you to put the pump in your pocket or clip it on your belt. You can even get the tubing long enough to stash the pump safely in your sock. The infusion set should be changed every 3 days to avoid infection at the site area.
The Cozmo pump is waterproof but it can be put in protective cases during sports. Some pumps have a quick-release device for temporary detachment. Most patients feel that the adjustments they have to make are minor and that having their diabetes well controlled makes the effort worthwhile.
Insulin pumps have been available since 1979. They have become very popular over the past several years because of their convenience, flexibility, and ease of use. The insulin pump isn’t for everyone though. You must be willing to check your blood sugar at least four to six times a day, before each meal and before bed and remember to bolus every time before eating. Insulin pump users must also know how to count carbohydrates and should have their diabetes in control before starting the pump.