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Re: [IPk] Just starting to pump

Hi Karen
I got my pump just 3 1/2 months ago and i was nervous and excited all at 
once!  My biggest fear was that after all the fighting to get it i might not 
like it.  The last 2 nights i got hardly any sleep as i couldnt stop 
thinking about it.  The day i got it a friend came with me as she works as a 
district nurse and was very keen to learn, i dropped her back home, went 
home myself, there was nobody in and i had to pop out to do a bit of work on 
my own, I had a very brief thought of 'oh my god will i be ok' got on with 
it and havnt looked back!!  I also have the spirit and i would have to die 
before i would let any one take it away now.  As Melissa said i found 
putting in the first set a bit of a worry, and my first change i did at home 
i was glad my Dad was watching, not that he could help but i wasnt alone.
Good luck and i hope you can sleep!
love Angela.

>From: "Melissa P. Ford" <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IPk] Just starting to pump
>Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 09:20:52 -0500
>I think it's normal to be nervous. Lots of generally good things are 
>stressful because they involve change or risk: weddings, pregnancies, 
>graduations, presentations, moving house, new jobs, performances, and so 
>Ten years ago when I first got a pump, it was standard protocol to stay in 
>hospital the first night. I knew that my healthcare team was a bit 
>concerned for my wellbeing in the same way that I was. These days it's nice 
>that pump starts are most often handled at home with advice by phone, but 
>perhaps the more casual approach has its liabilities too...you may feel 
>like getting a pump is no big deal from the perspective of your healthcare 
>team. I think it's fair to call getting a pump a big deal!
>I often say that getting a pump can be like learning to have diabetes in a 
>new way.  The ground rules regarding what you do and don't do, what you do 
>and don't eat, when you do and don't rest or play (etc., etc.) are likely 
>to shift...of course you don't know exactly how or why at this moment! You 
>will figure it out in good time.
>Inserting an infusion set for the first time brought up all the same 
>emotions that I felt the first time I ever injected myself using a syringe. 
>It was about a month before I felt confident to do an infusion set change 
>without someone else in the room for 'moral support'. (I was 15 so I was 
>hardly a child, it was just a steep learning curve.) Now I don't even think 
>twice about it. I was on injections for only a couple of years before being 
>prescribed a pump, so I can imagine that the change of lifestyle and even 
>approach to diabetes management may be more dramatic for you after so many 
>years of injections. But if you could deal with so many thousand injections 
>(think of all those injections over the years) you have probably got the 
>constitution to handle a pump, even with the learning curve. The first time 
>you used a mobile phone or sent an e-mail or used an ATM you probably 
>learned stuff too ;) .
>Take care,
>and take some deep breaths,
>Type 1 13 years; MiniMed pumper 7.5 years; Animas pumper 2.5 years
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