Appie, I am a pumper since 2001 ( no reason for me to change brands ) . I have type 1 diabetes since Jan 1983 .The transition was not that simple for me , however I persevered. I had no computer knowledge till about 6 years ago .With today’s forums such as TuD and with the help of people sharing their experiences I have come a long way .
In the mean time newer insulins have become available in Canada …another story .
The biggest breakthrough for me then was more flexibility with my meal timing ; I started to feel much better as I did not have to fight all the crazy lows I had experienced .Day to day living , including travel across time zones and travel by myself became easier to handle .I think there is more planning involved at least for me … I carry batteries in my glucometer pack, a coin to open the pump , if battery requires replacing , carry an insulin needle and vial , just in case of a High , more infusion sets etc , when away from home , a travel loaner pump , when I go out of country , a bit more planning , when at an airport, pump trouble shooting …on the other hand am not ready to go back to MDI .
Wish you well .