I had an appointment with diabetes counselor today, and it looks like I might be getting an insulin pump some time in the future. I haven’t made any decisions yet, because I want to know more about it (and I have to get my HbA1c back first). I have one friend with a pump and she likes it, but I only have two diabetic friends, so it’s not like my sample is very big.
I’m looking at one because my HbA1c has been creeping up since puberty basically, and it’s the postprandial sugars that are making that happen. I’ve been a Type I diabetic for nearly 20 years, and I’ve been on either NPH and Humalog or Lantus and Novalog the entire time. This means I’ve spent about 85-percent of my life with dime- to silver dollar-sized bruises on my legs, arms and stomach, which sometimes means I have well-intentioned women at the beach telling me about women’s shelters. (Where do these people come from?) So there’s my second reason: I’m tired of the bruises and scar tissue. My schedule also isn’t as regular as it was in high school, so that doesn’t help with control; I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to eat dinner every night at 5.
So, if there are any Dopers out there with pumps or are intimate with someone who has one, would you mind answering a few questions for me?
How long have you had one?
Were you on injections before? Do you prefer the pump or injections?
Is there anything especially tricky about it? (I’ve seen my friend assemble hers, and it doesn’t look too intimidating.)
Was it covered by your insurance or were they assmunches about it?
Has it helped your control? How many times a day are you checking your blood sugar?
How does it fit into your life? Is it more adaptable to unexpected happenings? (One of the things I hate most about having diabetes is that I have to plan everything.) Does it limit you in doing any activities? How does it work with dresses and clothing like that?
I think that’s it! I appreciate any input you guys can give me.