Hi Hollie, make sure you get a 2-3 day saline trial on one of the pumps to see what it’s really like to wear one and work the pump yourself. It’ll give you a really good feel for whether or not it’s for you.
I left 6-8 shots and lousy control behind years ago. I resisted pumping for years because I was worried about being attached to something 24/7 but it turns out it’s no big deal (to me at least). Sleeping with the pump is easy, the infusion set “locks” together so it won’t come easily unattached. You can toss it on the bed next to you like I do, or there are many clothing options to keep your pump in overnight so it’s not just “floating” around on the bed. You can keep it in a pocket or in a baby sock pinned to your pj’s or something similar.
I had a Cozmo but have switched to a Ping just recently and I love it, I love the remote feature, I can keep my pump tucked away and just use the remote to ck my b/g’s and operate my pump.
Being nervous is normal. Learning how to use the pump is relatively easy; if you can use your cell phone’s features you’re sure to be able to figure out your new pump. You’ll be a pro in no time. Read Pumping Insulin to prepare ahead of time so you understand the general principles of pumping and most pump features (they’re all pretty standardized). It will help convince your parents and your doctor you’re serious about pumping. Brush up on your carb counting skills if you need to, and your ins co may require you to go to attend classes or more education before they give you a pump (mine did) just go with the flow.
One thing you do need to remember is that since you’re on short acting insulin only, it is possible for you to go higher faster if your insulin supply gets cut off somehow, that’s why pumpers test frequently. And especially at first, you WILL be testing A LOT. Once you get your basal rates settled and your carb ratios and isf factors figured out (all may need some adjustment) you will most likely be able to test less often than in the beginning.
All in all, like everything else in life, the Pump has it’s advantages and disadvantages and for some people it is not a good treatment for their Diabetes. BUT, for the overwhelming majority of people who try them, the pump is the much loved solution to the problem of MDI and bad control.
I’m a newbie around here, but you’re certainly welcome to ask any questions, these forums are the best places to look for real answers to your questions!