The insulin pump is connected to the user 24/7. It uses short acting insulin that is pumped into the user 24hrs a day at pre-set rates (this is your basal) and then you need to program the pump to deliver insulin (a bolus) every time you eat carbohydrates and whenever the user's blood sugar is high. Because there is only short acting insulin being used, several blood glucose levels need to be done throughout the day to ensure that the dosages are adequate and to monitor for the first signs of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). 

BETA BUDDIES Posts On Pumping Insulin:

My BUDDIES Weigh In On Different Pump Types:

Omnipod (the tubeless system):

If you are just starting the decision making process on whether or not to pump, Donna from The Sugar Kids posted about the decision making and the pump start-up transition here.

Other Helpful Links:
Exercise and Leaving the Pump On or Off - A good read!
Insulin Pumpers - A great list of links to other helpful sites.

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