Hey every one. I found out I was diabetic when I was 12 I am now 20. I have pretty much always had decent a1c numbers of about 7 to 7.5 for the last 6 years or so until now! All of a sudden my a1c was 8.5! I have had many times when my sugar wouldn't stay under 200 for weeks at a time. I get very frustrated and my girlfriend has commented on how down I get. After my last doctor's appointment I have really been considering going on a pump but really have no experience with them at all. I thought maybe any of you might have some suggestions or just experience with what I am going through. Thanks
you know, diabetes is one of those funny diseases where you can do everything right but it still doesn't work out. So many factors influence your blood sugar.
I started a pump a few years ago. I love it. If you can get past having this thing attached to you 24/7 it allows for much more flexibility than shots.
you can adjust your insulin at specific times of the day when you are more/less active, you can eat without having to go get a needle, all it takes a punch of a few buttons.
Its not an easy fix and its not fool proof. My last A1C in January was 8.8 (I blame Christmas!) You have to be committed to testing 4 times a day minimum (I test around 7, sometimes more depending on how much driving I'm doing). you have to count carbs accurately. not just guessing, but weighing and measuring every thing with carbs in it. It becomes routine though, I don't even think about it much.
K so I feel like I'm rambling, feel free to ask any thing else :)
Going from syringes to the insulin pump was such a big change for me, but like dgarner11 said, once you get passed having a little machine attached to you 24/7, i think you'll like it a lot! It's as small as a regular flip phone and you can hide it in your pocket. No more carrying around needles, alcohol swabs, and vials of insulin with you everywhere you go! You get more freedom!
It's ok if you have no experience with using an insulin pump. A pump trainer/educator will teach you everything you need to know. At first I felt overwhelmed and frustrated with learning how to use the pump. But once I got the hang out of, I ended up loving it! Be sure to take lots of notes! :-)
I highly recommend an insulin pump! I was diagnosed when I was 10, and am now 23. I started insulin pump therapy when I was 20, I had a Deltec Cozmo. I loved the freedom of not having to take shots. And as a college student, being able to sleep in was amazing. The biggest challenge I had at first was just being attached to a pump. This past July I switched to the OmniPod system, and it is wonderful. I no longer have tubes! The only downside is that the pod is more noticable. I love to swim, so the OmniPod allows me to swim without having to disconnect from a pump. Pumps are great because you can eat when you want to and easily adjust your insulin intake. I love that I can make a temporary basal rate for when I exercise and I wont have to eat a snack before my workout or won't end up with lows.
Keep us posted on what pump you get and how you like it!! :)
I started pumping with the Animas 1250 just over three years ago. My only regret is that I waited over 40 years to start. I find taking care of my diabetes is so much easier and more convienent. My A1Cs have never been so good! The freedom is great...no more having to eat and I love being able to get up in the mornings when I want to!! Good luck and let us know how it's going.
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