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[IP] Re: Loving Life
Enough (for now) about hating diabetes. I love life! And now that Type I is a
daily reality, that means loving insulin.
I love insulin! Always. Every single minute of every single day. No
exceptions. Sure, insulin has its down side (don't most things?), like the
way it invites excess fat storage. :-) But insulin *is* life for those of us
with IDDM, whether we inject or pump it, take >15 or <75 units as our TDD,
have Type 1 or Type 2, or depend on a parent's help for injecting/pumping
insulin or manage our own care. Talk about a gift!
I love pumping! Though I realize this method of insulin delivery is not for
everyone, I can't help encouraging others to try it out if they have access
to good training, supervision, and support while getting started. After the
initial adjustment period, my earlier reservations about the pump
disappeared. The difference between pumping and injecting, I discovered, is
huge; in the long run, once I became knowledgeable about pumping insulin, I
found it's quicker, easier, less painful, and less intrusive than MDI--all
the things people on this list have claimed it to be, and more. Within a few
weeks, "hooking up" soon became as old hat as injecting, in my experience.
Concerns about tubing, the requisite 24-hour mechanical connection, and
stigma (i.e., appearing like a patient wearing a medical device) were soon
replaced with a big "Wow! I can do this! Look at me! I'm wearing an insulin
pump and I love it!"
I love life! I love insulin! I love pumping! And while I don't love diabetes,
I love living at a time when technology and medical research have combined to
make continuous insulin delivery--life itself--available to me.
dx'd Type 1 2/02 at age 49; pumping since 10/02
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