Friday, March 17, 2006

Why Not?

Sometimes I feel like I am one of the only type 1s who doesn't pump. Obviously this is not true. While it's obvious I really want to pump, I think sometimes I get so focused on that I look only at the positive and do not consider it in a well rounded sense. So I know there are people who choose not to pump. And for those of you- why not? I'd love to hear your thoughts.


Rebecca said...

I don't pump.
I don't want to either.

I'm doing well with the works for me. Besides cost, I don't see the good/necessity of having a pump for me. I don't want it constantly there, I don't want to mess with sites and tubing and supplies and programming it. More trouble than its worth I guess is what it comes down to.

Or maybe I'm just behind in certain technologies.*
I don't have a cell phone. And I don't really want one.
*(I do however love computers/web tech)

I'm probably not the best person to answer your question.

I can see the need for you though, like you said in your other post, it would help with your gastroparesis and stuff.

Good luck, hope your new endo is cool

Megan said...

Thanks for the comment Rebecca. It's exactly the type of thing I was looking for.

Shannon said...

We did well with shots with Brendon. But because he was so young and there were hassles involved in giving him snacks and meals at certain times, plus meeting the needs of my other 2 kids, I felt the pump would provide convenience.

If he were older, I probably wouldn't have persued it so aggressively.

If you're doing well with shots and you feel like it's not such an inconvenience, then stick with what you're doing.

Having the pump SOUNDS like an inconvenience and a lot of work, but it's not as time consuming as you think. The adjustments go pretty quickly.

Shannon said...

OK, I just read your previous post. Definitely go with the pump.

I thought you were on the fence about it and I was just supporting whatever side you were going to land on :)

Johnboy said...

Megan, I have been doing very well on MDI for 5+ years. Only recently have I thought about pumping really. Things have become more difficult to manage and I think that some of the pump features may actually benefit me.

Before now I have always figured that the pump would be nearly as much trouble as what i was doing on my own, plus i would have to be connected to it all the time.

Now I am wondering about benefits of square bolusing and varying basal rates.

I am reading your posts backward, so I may have more thoughts for you later.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.

Kelsey said...

In a nut shell? I pass out when I get my blood drawn, I get queasy just thinking about medical things and I hate the idea of something sticking inside of me all the time! Now, I've gotten used to the finger pricks and injections (going on 13 years now) and I'm sure I'd get used to the pump, but I don't want to put myself through the transition which I know will be traumatic.

I'm open to the idea of the Omnipod, which will hopefully be available in a year or so. The tubeless aspect really appeals to me.

Also, I've managed a 6.3 A1c with shots, so I don't think it's medically necessary for me to start the pump.