I love my insulin pump. Love. It. I was an old school injector for most of my Diabetic life. So, when I first heard about the pump, I rejected the idea. I was anti-pump. It scared me, to be quite honest. I didn’t want this ‘thing’ attached to my body all the time. What about swimming?! What if you could see it?! How would I sleep with it?! What about SEX?!?! ARGH!!!! No way!
Also, I was used to sustaining my life in a particular way. I had a process that I was comfortable with and wasn’t interested in changing it. I don’t know what prompted me to change, but I did. Now I can’t believe I didn’t switch teams earlier.
Since having no insurance, I have had to revert back to my old ways of shooting up. This made me realize how wonderful my pump is. Shooting up is a nightmare!
Isn’t life funny that way? You take for granted the fabulous things until you don’t have them any longer. Lately, I have been trying to be grateful for everything in my life, all the time. We all should. You never know when the Universe will grab your water globe and shake the crap out of it.
Anyway, I find that my sugar drops WAY more with injections than it does with the pump. Not that my bs runs higher with the pump, I’m just constantly being fed insulin which helps regulate my intake. In fact, my A1C has never been better than when I’m pumping. True story. With injections, insulin is being shot into the body in one lump sum causing reactions if life happens. And life does happen. Haha! Injections also hurt. Think about it, I am shooting up, on average, 5x per day, 2 different kinds of insulin. Ow. Like I said…night...mare.
Here are a few Pro’s and Con’s about pumps vs injections, in my humble opinion. I’ll start with the Pro’s first because I’m positive like that. ;)
Shooting Up Pros
-No protruding cyborg parts or tubing permanently attached to your body for 3 days in a row.
-Less expensive than pump supplies
-Less skin irritation, bruising and scaring.
Pumping Up Pros
-Better overall control & better for the body.
-Being able to eat whatever you want.
Shooting Up Cons
-Lows, lows, lows.
-If you forget your pen/needle, you are screwed.
Pumping Up Cons
-People always ask what it is when they notice it.
-Visible through clothing or swimsuit weather.
-Marks sensitive skin.
Trust me, this a short list, but you get my point. A few years ago, I would have never given the pump the time of day. Now…I want to give my pump every moment of my day. Because it’s nice to know I am taking care of my body in the best way possible.
So, today I am grateful for my insulin pump.