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Re: [IP] Being off the pump

Lyra, thank you for writing this, i think for those who have recently
started on pumps it might
be an eye opener. There may be some relief but there is no free(dom)lunch.


pumping since 4/03

At 01:26 PM 9/26/03 EDT, you wrote:
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>Okay guys, i've been lurking and not posting much. However I felt I needed
>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
>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
> 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
> least 4 time a day. My a1c was at about 14 when I was in the hospital and
> 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
>just a
>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
> 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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