After going to the Diabetes Expo in Boston a few weeks ago, I started seriously thinking about the pump. It has been a goal since diagnosis, but my endo suggested waiting a year or so, to “learn to walk” through everything. I’m getting closer to that day so I’ve been thinking a lot about the differences between the pumps. I’ve sorta eliminated the Omnipod, due to my penchant for on the snugger side clothes. The idea is great, but for me, wearing a 3/4 of an inch thick lump under a sweater or pants wouldn’t work. I’ve also been more aware of pumps when out in public. I have noticed a trend- anyone over 20 seems to have a Minimed, while smaller children have Cozmos. This is not a wide cross section of users; only people I see in stores or on the subway, but its noticeable to me. Anyway, I’m curious… do others see the same trend? How many pumpers over 20 use something other than the Minimed? How many younger pumpers use a Minimed? My theory is that more of the 20+ pumpers have been on one for longer periods of time- starting back when Minimed was the only game in town. If I end up on the Cozmo or Animas as a 24 year old, am I going to look strange?
I recently heard someone talking about how sometimes being diabetic and an alcoholic are very similar. For some reason, that really resonated with me. Everyday is a battle to do the right thing. Temptation (chocolate mousse cake w/ raspberry puree!) is always right around the corner. Falling off the wagon of health can feel so right, but you know its wrong, so you keep eating carrot sticks and going to the gym (or skipping that glass of wine at a work function). In the past months, I’ve had new found respect for recovering addicts.