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Re: [IP] Quality of Life/Pumping



Before Keith was on the pump, he had fairly good a1c,s 7.6 was his highest,
but those numbers can be very deceiving the extreme lows can cancel out the
extreme highs.  Actually Keith was not as sure that he wanted the pump as we
were sure he needed it for better control .  In the few months before he got
it , his b/s were all over the place and I knew from others that it was
going to get harder, he was going into the teen years.  It was a little
frustrating at first, but so were shots when we first started.
          I feel especially for teens if they are responsible, pumps are a
great tool to become independent from
over-protective parents ( I" am at the top of that list even with my
non-diabetic children.)   It is still hard to let them go.
      In the three years since keith has been D ,  since he has had the
pump, I can actually sleep all night with out having to get up in the middle
of the night to check on him.On occasion if he has been running high or low,
I still get up to test , but not as often.
             It has made him feel more like a NORMAL kid and his attitude
has changed dramatically.

                    Bonnie, mom of Keith pumping since july 2001.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jennifer Harkleroad" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2002 5:46 PM
Subject: RE: [IP] Quality of Life/Pumping


> I think that if I were taking one shot a day, I probably would take the
> shot over the pump.  However, I was taking 5+shots a day, and that was
> terrible.  I kept it up until I was able to get my pump. But that would
> not have been an option for me if I had thought it was for the rest of
> my life.
> I think that people have to weigh the pros and cons of MDI and pumps.  I
> know for me, I feel soooo much better and I like taking my pump and
> meter.  I think it depends on what you want from your insulin therapy,
> your personality, and  your lifestyle in general.
>
> I like only having to deal with insulin when I change sets.  As long as
> I have my strips for checks and the pump, I am free.
>
> Yes, it takes more thought(basals, boluses, etc.), but I think for most
> on this bulletin board, it is something everyone thinks is positive in
> our lives.
> Just my opinion.
>
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