Has it been a month already? My 722 has quickly become a part of me. I hardly notice that it is there at all and I can’t believe that I was pushing shots 4-6 times a day. What I don’t understand is why I waited for so long to move to the pump. There was a huge mental block in making the move. Even with a mother who is a CDE and providing a steady stream of info about the pump for several years, I resisted. I guess it’s like being a preachers kid… never wanting to listen to what you know is true. Over the past year I had begun to think more seriously about it. But it finally took a trip to the ER last fall to push me along. Yes, that was me… not checking my numbers, not counting properly and all-around putting myself at risk. If that’s what it took, I am glad it worked, even if the ER was involved. It got me back on track and hopefully will add some years to my life down the road.
Since December I have read virtually every website, blog and resource relating to the pump. I read John Walsh's Pumping Insulin book, which I highly recommend to anyone even just starting to ponder the pump. I wish that I had read it sooner, because it would have likely turned the screws in my head to get moving with the pump.
In tightening my general control and moving to the pump I have been able to reduce my A1C from double-digits in December of 2007 to a 7.7 in March 2008. Not perfect, but a huge improvement overall. My next step is to master the advanced features of my pump to better control my post meal BG, specifically with meals that are complex in nature. Hello pizza!