[Previous Months][Date Index][Thread Index][Join - Register][Login]
[Message Prev][Message Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]

Re: [IP] Too shy to pump?


I too, have a daughter named Stephanie. She'll be 9 in June, and was
diagnosed when she was four. She started pumping almost 3 weeks ago, and
already, her life (and the entire family's) has changed tremendously for the
better. Stephanie isn't the least bit shy about anything, except when it
came to shots. She would test her blood in front of friends, but I think it
made her nervous to give herself an injection with almost anyone besides me
or her dad watching. the pump has given her a lot more flexibility, and
she's a lot less concerned about mealtimes when friends are around. Have
your Stephanie e-mail my Stephanie privately, if she'd like
(email @ redacted).  Good luck!

-----Original Message-----
From: Kim Huffman <email @ redacted>
To: email @ redacted <email @ redacted>
Date: Monday, April 13, 1998 12:51 PM
Subject: [IP] Too shy to pump?

>Last month I joined this list and have learned so much. I have a
>question I hope to get some feedback on. We have a 9 yr. old daughter
>named Stephanie.  She was diagnosed 3 yrs. ago. We have been looking
>into the pump for a few months. Both ourselves & Stephanie want the
>pump. We want it for better control & less rigid schedule.  She wants it
>for less rigid schedule & not having to do 3-4 shots a day, etc.  My
>only hesitation is that she has never been really open about talking to
>others about her diabetes.  She says it's embarrasing for her to talk
>about it.  Obviously, the pump will certainly cause inquiries from
>others!  I think her uneasiness is more at school than anything else.  I
>suggested going to her classroom and doing some sort of short
>presentation.  That way, all is out in the open, & gets it over with for
>the most part.  She says this would be too embarrasing (same answer I
>got when we made the suggestion when first diag.) Only a few kids in her
>class, plus the teacher even know at this point!  She will be going to a
>different school next yr., and I feel "pump" or not, this would be the
>time to try and get over this.  I asked her how she would deal with this
>on the pump, and she just said "I guess I will have to just tell them
>when they ask".  We live in a town w/no other kids her age w/diabetes,
>so we go out of town to a support group for kids. I think we all just
>have different personalites and I dont know that she will just majically
>"grow out of it" by waiting till she's a little older.
>Thanks for your feedback!
>Insulin-Pumpers website   http://www.bizsystems.com/Diabetes/
>For subscribe / unsubscribe information,
>send the next two lines in a message
>to the e-mail address: email @ redacted