Switching to an Insulin Pump

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Researching insulin pumps is bittersweet.  It’s exciting knowing that there will be more freedom for your child, yet at the same time, it’s a daunting task.  Searching for the best “device” to keep your child alive, was never something I thought I would have to do.

I look at the features of these insulin pumps and am impressed with how I will be able to remotely dose Carter from another room, as opposed to having to chase him and nail him down to inject the insulin up to eight times a day.  Then of course, the stories from other pump users about the tightening of numbers, better A1c numbers, etc.  The pro’s seem to negate the cons.

Yet the closer I get, my nerves make me wonder if I am strong enough to go through with it all.  Learning a new system, one which may take up to a month to fully understand and tweak to get Carter’s ratios right, it all seems counter-intuitive.

I am comfortable with Multi Daily Injections, but deep down I know Carter isn’t.     Carter is who this is ultimately about, although I know the one larger poke every 2-3 days will take some getting used to, Carter will enjoy being more “normal” while walking through the most not normal circumstances, having to manage his Type 1 Diabetes.

Carter’s health and well-being are the most important thing to me, no matter what I have to do to accomplish that.  Yet, I feel like I am yet again grieving this diagnosis, though we are almost 2-years into it.  Up until now, Carter’s Type 1 Diabetes was virtually an invisible disease.  One that was only noticed when I would check his blood or dose him.  Now, wearing a pump, it will be an advertisement of his condition.

All this makes me realize how fragile I still am.  When we started giving Carter shots, we didn’t have a choice.  It was a necessity in order to keep him alive and have him survive.  Now I have a choice, it’s odd making life saving choices for your preschooler; and honestly given the choice, I would choose not to have to deal with Type 1 Diabetes.

Ultimately,  all I’m trying to do is raise a healthy and happy little boy who doesn’t feel held back.  Right now I believe the pump will give us that.  It’s hard enough having Type 1 Diabetes to manage, I’m striving to give my son just a little bit more freedom, and hopefully through this new learning curve and process it will help me feel less broken.

 

3 thoughts on “Switching to an Insulin Pump”

  1. One of the things we love about the pod is unless you look for it, you can’t really see it. It hides out under Elise’s clothes with no telltale tubing hanging out. Most people don’t know she’s on a pump until we pull out the PDM to bolus her.

    But it’s a very personal choice, and for us it was like being diagnosed all over again. The first month was pretty hard, but it would be tough to go back to shots now.

    Good luck with whatever you choose! If you have questions, just shoot me an email.

    1. I was set on the Omnipod, and our insurance won’t approve it. I’m heartbroken. For now we have settled on the Animas Ping, although we will be locked in for 4 years, it’s the one I feel the most comfortable with right now. Plus given Carter’s age, having the ability to remotely dose him is amazing. I loved the no tubing feature! But maybe if we switch insurance in the next 4 years we will be able to switch. Insurance is such a pain…..for everything, especially diabetes. I am sure you will get an email or more from me. Thanks for always being there. <3 🙂

      1. Why won’t they cover it? Have a asked your doc to do a peer-to-peer review? Also look into Omnipod’s Cut the Cord program… you can purchase the PDM out of pocket for something like $200 (if you’ve already purchased a tubed pump). I’m not sure on the costs of the actual pods though. Lots of people use this program because they like to use pods in the summer.

        My friend was denied the pods by her new insurance, even though her son had been using them for 5 years. She appealed and it took awhile, but she won. Don’t take no for answer! I can ask my friend for advice if you’d like.

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