[IP] Being off the pump
Okay guys, i've been lurking and not posting much. However I felt I needed to
put down my 2 cents.
I wore the pump for 3 years and I went off the pump about 6 months ago. Like
some people have stated here, its a choice of pumping, which is true. But
also, for me- it was necessary.
I loved the pump, however gradually over time I really lost control. The pump
gave me so much freedom that I started not checking my blood sugars and
because of the flexibility I was not on a schedule where I would be checking
regularly and basically lost track. So after ending up in the ICU last summer
ketosacidis and six months struggling after that. My doctor decided I needed to
go off the pump and back to MDI. This forced me to get back on a regular
schedule, and I have finally gotten back on track, checking my blood sugar at
least 4 time a day. My a1c was at about 14 when I was in the hospital and since
then dropped to 8.5 at my last appointment and I am working on getting it
I was needless to say shocked with the 8.5 a1c even though it's not exactly
great but the best i've had in probably 10 years.
Frankly, I hate being on MDI, my legs and arms are bruised from so many
injections. I hate not being able to have the freedom of having a snack with
push of a button to bolus. I would have to take another shot. I know that
with the pump I would be able to achieve better control than being on MDI, but
takes a lot of work. My doctor and I have agreed that within the next 3
months if everything's going well we will get me back on the pump,to give it
another try. I am looking foward to going back on the pump and with being back
track my blood sugars will become more stable and life will become a bit
The only thing i've got a bit used to not having something attached to me
24/7 but the pump is worth it.
Just a different perspective on pumping and not pumping.
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