Click over to my blog for the full text and other posts like the “fun” I had with my insulin pump infusion site last night. I’m posting the full text of this blog here because I think it’s site specific enough that its worth a full post.
I know why type 1 diabetics get excited to get a pump. I was very excited to finally get off of multiple daily injection therapy (MDI). I just feel that we need to feel this excitement is sad. I can think of very few other diseases where a primary life saving treatment device is treated with such fever. Cardiac patients don’t rejoice about a pacemaker, cancer patients don’t jump for joy about a 5-FU pump, ect. Maybe because those have become so standard that noone really cares, or maybe because it’s something about being on deaths door that makes it seem less interesting. Insulin pump therapy is standard of care by the ADA as it has shown to be a more effective tool for management compared to MDI. So why should T1’s be excited to receive something that we should expect to get? Maybe it’s the culture of T1 where there are so few things to look forward to (no remission, no cure, no better treatments than insulin) that we just accept this as one of the great things about the disease and convince ourselves that it’s a major step forward. I don’t know… On thing is for certain though every type 1 diabetic should have the opportunity to receive insulin pump therapy regardless of ability to pay. Money should never be an object when it comes to the management of chronic illness.