Friday, April 14, 2006

Why should I?

Whenever I have a conversation with someone, who wears a pump, about my sugar levels, which are pretty darn good, I always get the same response: "Why don't you get the pump?" And then I hear, "I can eat when and what I want and I don't have to get up early to be sure to eat." Hmmmmmmmm........wait a minute, sounds too good to be true. But, then I think...... I CAN DO THAT TOO! Diabetes is so individual, that the pump, no matter how life saving and freeing it can be for one person, is just not for someone else. I just couldn't imagine, right now, having the pump attached into me. Maybe later in life, but just not right now. If I had trouble controlling my suger levels, then I would also consider the pump.

We have planned a trip to Disney in Florida with my family this July. We are going to be there for the July 4th stuff that will be going on. We have never been there and we are so excited to be going! I was thinking this morning that I haven't been to a place like that since I was diagnosed almost five years ago. All the walking and excitement. I will just have to do less Lantus before bed and less Humalog before meals. And of course, carry my little handy dandy backpack full of snacks and sugar filled drinks!

Come to think of all that has been and will be happening, this year is a very exciting year for us. We have purchased a new car, the Disney trip, we are having our house built and it will be done in August.....it is a wonder my sugar levels aren't going haywire with all this! I have noticed with all the excitement, however, that I have been eating less. Which isn't all bad because it couldn't hurt for me to lose about five pounds!

American Idol Update: My man Taylor is doing good! Elliott's diabetes was mentioned and I wasn't aware that he wears an insulin pump. Go Elliott! I just seem to like Taylor because he's different and he brings some excitement to the show.

6 comments:

Shannon said...

I'm always looking for Elliot's pump. He must wear it in back...I know he always wears his shirts untucked.

I chose to have my son on the pump merely for the convenience factor. I have two other kids and to have to do what I did with needles and such took up too much time.

We did well with shots though as far as his A1C's were concerned.

It's all such a personal decision. If you do well with shots and don't mind dealing with them, why go to something that is outside of your comfort level?

Make management as comfortable as possible...that's the most important thing.

julia said...

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I hate when people say "Oh, the pump is better" or, conversely, "Oh, the pump is awful, it can break." You use the regimen that's right for you. I'm glad you're happy with what you are doing and if your bg readings and a1C reflect that, then the hell with what the pump-pushers say.

We went with the pump because we weren't getting the control needed with Olivia. She still fluctuates a lot at times, but she's 12, hormonal and growing, so I don't think any regimen right now would be ideal. She likes pumping, but if she wanted to go back to Lantus and H, I'd be fine with that. It's her diabetes and she gets to have some say in her treatment of it.

Erica said...

LOL I look for Elliot's pump too! Dang those long shirts that cover his waist and pockets...

Laura I have to say that I would not have gone on the pump yet if I weren't pregnant. And I'm considering taking a break when I'm done. I do like it a lot but there are some minor wardrobe annoyances and I found that I was much more disciplined with what I ate. I'm forever chasing 10-15 lbs of leftover baby weight and the pump just makes it too convenient to stuff my face. I could stuff my face without the pump but taking a shot was sometimes a good deterrent.

Have fun at Disney! I'm so jealous but we decided to wait until dd was 4...

Laura said...

Thanks guys! Support, YEA! I can see many reasons for going on the pump, as said, when one is needed or when you are ready. I guess the "pump pushers" (LOL!) just got to me that day!

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Megan said...

I had the same issues you had with going on a pump. My last a1c on MDI was 5.7. 5.7- yes, you read that correctly. And I was eating what I wanted, when I wanted.

But the pump sounded nice. I would occassionally forget shots, or not take them for lack of time. I was getting sick of all the needles. So I looked into pumping. My insurance covered it almost 100% so I basically decided to give it a try.

So far so good. It's not a matter of better control for me, just convienance.