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[IP] Re: Recent Diabetic and Reservations About the Pump
My then thirteen-year-old son was on two, then three, shots a day for about 9
months before getting his pump. The only good thing about being on shots for
even that length of time was that he/we appreciated more than ever the
advantages of the pump when he actually got it. Those of you who spent years
and decades on shots have our utmost respect, by the way!
This is sort of related... A good friend of mine (in a distant state) has a
husband and 14-year-old son, both type 1, who have been on injections for
about 16 years and 10 years respectively (however, the son is now taking part
in the inhaler trials). They have good endos, one of whom regularly answers
questions on the CWD website and, based on some of his answers, appears to
support pump use with kids. These people are brilliantly smart and
well-informed, so it's hard for us to understand why they haven't started
pumping yet after so many years. They've watched the pump video tapes,
according to my friend, but since they're doing so well with shots, see no
need to change anything. When I talk to my friend (occasionally long
distance), I find myself trying to strike a balance between unbridled
enthusiam for the pump but yet not coming across like I think I know more
about diabetes than they do. I know I don't!
I guess my point here, if I even have one, is that it's interesting to learn
about the various reservations people have about going on the pump. It
seemed like such a positive thing to us, we never considered not considering
it. But I do understand that the reservations people have are very valid to
their own experiences and expectations.
Thank you for the wonderful information I get from this list daily.
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