If someone would have told me that starting the insulin pump for Carter would change our lives, I would have agreed, but thought so for negative reasons.
Learning a whole new system of managing his diabetes, along with a convoluted new vocabulary, then the removal of the long acting insulin that kept him stable through the night, was enough to have me running the other direction.
I had debated the pump switch for well over a year, always finding an excuse to avoid the transition. Carter’s A1c seemed on track, and I was literally living day to day, hour by hour some days.
I made the decision in July of 2015, about a year and a half in to Carter’s diagnosis. It took a while to get everything together and ordered, in order to set up his pump experience.
Carter officially started insulin pump therapy on January 5, 2016, and it has changed our lives, but for the better. Although I am up virtually all night as we adjust to “pump life”, I am so thrilled with how much better Carter’s glucose numbers have been.
We recently went to Carter’s endo appointment and learned that his A1c was down from 8.0 in November 2015, to 7.8 in February 2016. I truly believe that month on the pump prior to the A1c check made a huge difference. It’s not a massive change to his A1c, but it was enough of a change to solidify that we made the right decision.
Carter does have tighter control on his numbers, and I have noticed that my happy child has returned. Site changes have become easier and take only 2 minutes, every 3 days. I would watch Carter tense up before every meal, anticipating the shot of his insulin in order to eat. I love being able to dose him remotely and not have it hurt him.
We’ve adjusted relatively well to having a pump, and Carter loves the freedom it gives him, to graze and not be poked all the time. It reminds me, that even though this disease is awful at times, and requires immense vigilance, we are so lucky to live in the time we do. Having the luxury of these machines, that are able to help us live our lives in the closest manner to normal as possible, enables not just longevity, but a better quality of life overall.
Having better control of Carter’s numbers means the likelihood of complications as he gets older gets diminished. This is better for me, as his mom, but most important, it is better for Carter. Ultimately, this is why I chose to start the pump for Carter, though it was a major life change and adjustment, Carter, being able to live life to the fullest, not being help back by Type 1 Diabetes was worth every sleepless night.
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