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Back to basics

Back to being a little pin cushion. I decided to get off of the Omnipod insulin pump. It unfortunately wasn’t consistent enough for me to feel confident wearing it. I want to be sure, without a doubt, that I’m getting the insulin injected into me at all times. The leaking with my pods  was causing high sugars that are just no good for my health. It made me anxious, on top of feeling crummy. My sugars are starting to stabilize now as I get my dosing correct with my MDIs (multiple daily injections). I may in the future decide to get back on a pump, but being that tubed pumps are my only option, I’m going to take a big break from that. 

 

A lot of people say being on a pump makes them feel free, but it never felt that way to me. For 20 years, I wore a Medtronic insulin pump, and I always felt tied down by the tubes. I disliked having to find a place to put my pump when I wanted to wear a dress. I hated it digging into my hip at bedtime, and trying to find a comfortable position so it wouldn’t dig into me. I didn’t like disconnecting from my pump to go for a swim or take a shower, only to forget to connect it. And you know what that would lead to, yep, high blood sugar. I didn’t enjoy trying on clothes and having to find a place to put my pump, while I clumsily tried to pull pants on and not drop my pump on the floor. I hated walking away quickly from a room and getting my tubes caught on the doorknob. I literally can go on and on. Needless to say, the pros just never outweighed the cons for me. I am not quite sure why I stayed on a pump for so long. I can honestly say that my sugars never got into superb levels being on a pump. Maybe I felt pressure within myself, how it would look to my endocrinologists that I hated being on a pump. Afraid I would look like a bad diabetic or something. 

 

I took a break from my pump a few years ago, for an entire year. I can’t even tell you how freeing that was for me. And shocker….my hb1ac was at its best it had ever been. The reason I got back on a pump was because I thought the shots disciplined me and I get get even tighter control to get pregnant and start a family. But it didn’t work out that way, there could have been other factors that contributed to that. I just feel more on top of my health being that I’m solely responsible to putting the insulin in my body. It’s not automatically done for me anymore. I have to do the calculations, not a machine. So here I am again, if you are in the same boat, don’t be scared that control cannot be obtained with shots. They absolutely can! There are a lot of type 1 diabetics who prefer shots over a pump. I am really excited that I have a CGM (Dexcom G6) to help me get tighter control. I honestly think that if anyone had a choice between getting a pump or a CGM, that cgm is the way to go. Not having to test my sugar constantly has been absolutely amazing. 

 

Have you been on a pump and prefer shots instead? Have you always been on shots and never wanted to try a pump? Or are you all for pumping? Comment below and let me know! 


1 comment

  • Best of luck going back to MDIs. I’ve had a lot of success with the Tandem X2, but I’ve also experienced a lot of the frustrations you’ve listed. I’m looking forward to the Control IQ feature from Tandem later in the year. FYI there’s an app called Sugarmate that I’m using with my G6 and I find works well for me. As always YDMV.

    Bernard Farrell

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