I never throw anything away! Well, almost never. My old MM pump comes to mind. Years ago I was a Happy Pumper. Granted, I had too many hypoglycemic episodes, some quite frightening. In time, I did learn to have fairly good control, A1Cs in the fives, and a minimum of lows. Traveling and trailer camping was so much easier than when I was on insulin vials and syringes. Since I am greatly tech-challenged and still could manage my pump, I was rather proud of myself. After a few years of pumping, my body changed–I lost weight and lost tissue. I found I didn’t have the real estate for infusions anymore. I went on insulin pens, put my pump at the bottom of a big plastic container of medical supplies and forgot it.
Sunday of last weekend I was sitting on the edge of my bed, testing my blood sugar for the night, and looking at the High. I began to mutter stuff under my breath. My husband said, You need your pump. I muttered some more, went to the kitchen, stepped over the dogs and took out my Apidra pen from the fridge (too hot now to leave my pens at room temperature).
I sure would like to use a pump again–how about an implanted one? Some closed loop system that doesn’t require an infusion? I’m not going to throw anything away now, especially my old pump. It makes a great souvenir and memory of when I was a Happy Pumper/Camper.