Nathan 3 and Chelsey 6
get their pumps 3 months apart

by Becky Hobbs

I would like to tell you about my two wonderful children, Nathan and Chelsey hobbs. On Feb. 4, 1997 our 12 month old son was diagnosed with diabetes. That is a day I know that we will never forget. Nathan went on NPH and Regular insulin. It was a constant battle to keep him in normal range. The minute I corrected a high, he would go into a low. It seemed like I was always running behind him with food. I did the best I could to keep his sugar in normal range. After a year of this we put him on UL and Humalog. This was wonderful. His sugars started to even out but every time he wanted to eat we had to give insulin, he was taking 6 to 8 shots a day. I knew that there had to be something better out there for him and that is when I started researching the pump. This was a hard thing as our first endo thought I was crazy wanting to put a three year old on the pump. I went to another endo, who is three hours away, I conviced him to put Nathan on the pump. This was the best thing that has ever happened. Now he can sleep as long as he wants in the morning. The sparkle that I once had seen in his eyes was back, he was so much more cheerful and happy. I see a complete difference in him.

Seven days before Nathan was to go on the pump on Sept. 7, 1999 Chelsey, our 6 year old daughter was diagnosed with diabetes. She was so brave and knew what going to happen, the shots and finger pokes. Fortunately, Chelsey was able to start on the pump Dec. 4, 1999.

Yes this is alot of work but it is worth every minute and ounce of effort counting carbs, adjusting basals, and the bolus for meals. I have seen the tremendous difference it has made for my family.

If you would like to ask me about the pump please email me at:
"Becky Hobbs"

If you have a child with diabetes and would like to talk to other parents about the Insulin Pump, please contact or visit the Insulin-Pumpers website.