Hi guys, I was diagnosed with T1 not too long ago and I am now on the search for the right pump!
I have been hearing a lot of praise about pumps and how many prefer them over needles, but I’m worried that this “praise” has become the sole basis in my decision to start pumping. Also, transferring over to the pump seems to be “the norm” once you’ve mastered carb count & control with needles.
If my numbers are within target range 95% of the time(70-120) with needles, then what other benefits will the pump provide me?
I understand that we have more control with the pump, but is all this fine control necessary? My endo said I should be between 70-120. If my numbers are in that range then why sacrifice more to get 100. Does that 10-20 mg difference mean that much?
From a personal stand point, I feel that being attached to a tube 24/7 and the expenses of the pump may get in the way sometime in the future. This whole pumping gig seems like too much work and of course, very time consuming. On the other hand, I can definitely see myself getting used to all of this as well. I can definitely understand the importance of a pump for toddlers/infants but how do these benefits amplify to grown ups? I’m using pen needles now and it’s not bad at all. The pump clearly has greater control but does that justify the extra work involved? Many on the forums keep complaining about pump malfunctions, waterproof or not, pod getting in the way,changing infusion sets, etc. Are all these inconveniences really worth it?
I’m confident many will know exactly how I feel as I’m sure many of you have been where I’ve been, and have much more experience. I would just like to remind everyone that I’m still very interested in the pump and will be on one soon, but would just like to get more educated and have more reasons thrown at me to justify my decision.