This was originally posted to my blog, Diabetes Odyssey.
I’ve been aware of insulin pumps for many years. Way back in the late '90’s/ early 2000’s I actually wanted a pump but I wasn’t allowed one because I was considered (appropriately) an uncontrolled diabetic and my doctor required an A1c of 8 or lower before she would let me get a pump.
As the years went by I slowly became less and less interested in pumps and eventually decided I didn’t want one at all. My reasoning was purely personal. I was poor and the thought of steady insurance coverage was fleeting. I didn’t think a pump was reasonable to my lifestyle.
Once I did get insurance and got my blood sugar under control, my thoughts of a pump quickly shifted back to favorable. My endo asked me if I was interested and at first I said no. Then, a month ago, I asked her for one and she immediately got the ball rolling. So here I am a month later, and today is my first day pumping.
And I’m already in love.
I got the Animas Vibe. It is easy to use, and just like my Dexcom CGM, it is hardly noticeable to wear. I don’t feel a thing.
I have my basal rate programmed, I bolus as needed. I only use fast acting insulin so no more Lantus, just Humalog. The pump calculates everything and recommends what it thinks I should do, but I make the decisions and am in control of everything. The Animas connects to my Dexcom so everything is controlled from my pump so I don’t have to wear or use the Dexcom receiver at all.
For the next 4 to six weeks I have to check my blood sugar 6 to eight times a day and log them, my carbs, my activities, and my insulin. I have to do this in order to make sure my new dosing is adequate. Pumping uses different math than shots. It’s actually just as easy but makes life so much less stressful.
I plan to keep you all updated on my pumping progress. I still have stuff to get used to and straighten out, obviously. But I have to say the future looks bright!