If you hate taking shots like I do, I HIGHLY suggest getting an insulin pump. I’ve had T1 since 1980 and didn’t get the pump until 2004… my first pregnancy was pure hell taking 4 or more shots a days and then crashing due to the all day morning sickness and not being able to eat one bite of food. The insulin pump helped with my last two pregnancies.
If you are over 25 years old and have had Type 1 since youth, I would look into getting a CGMS such as Dexcom Seven Plus (those were the requirements of my health insurance - but the requirements are so different for each health insurance). I have hypoglycemia unawareness and have had hypoglycemia night sweats during my sleep (almost once a month) and the Dexcom has really helped me a ton since I’ve started wearing it May 6. I have actually done some actual strenuous exercise - when I was diagnosed the elementary school banned me from participating in many gym activities (I was pretty much only allowed to do square dance and walking… pretty sad, eh?). If you don’t feel your lows or have night time sweat from low’s, I highly suggest looking into whether your health insurance covers a Dexcom Seven Plus first (just my honest opinion). If I had a choice I would get a CGMS before an insulin pump. I wish I had had a CGMS when I was diagnosed at age 9, as it would’ve saved me from so many humiliating lows from my past.
Another thing, if you have GHP as your health insurance… I wouldn’t even try for any form of diabetic helping health gadget. They deny EVERY ONE. I had three different docs (Endo, High-Risk Ob, Diabetic Educator) all write to GHP asking that I get approval for an insulin pump and I was denied. Minimed Medtronic and many many doctors will tell you that GHP is the worst health insurance EVER. They would rather have a diabetic have an A1c of 11%+ constantly going to hospital. If you have United Healthcare… you are definitely one lucky LUCKY person. I have Anthem BCBS which has been great for me and approved me for my insulin upgrade last year and my recent Dexcom Seven Plus gadget.
Good Luck and hope you have a good health insurance that approves you!