Tuesday, 8 December 2009

switching over to the pump

i was recently asked: is switching to the pump really difficult?

and my answer to that is, yes. but it is very worth it!

learning about insulin pump therapy is complicated, but if you put the time and effort in, it won't take you long. mind you, i was a teen, rather than a child so i was able to understand everything a little better and quicker.

there may be things you already know how to do, like counting carbs, but there will be things that are new. part of the learning is also working out real life problems that the doctors and nurses don't tell you about...which is why it's good to know somebody that is on an insulin pump already (like me, for example!) that's been through every problem.

the real difference about being on an insulin pump, which is why it is such a successful way of managing juvenile diabetes, is how much more aware of everything you need to be. you'll need to be more specific, check sugar levels more, be aware of the times you eat, what you eat, how much you exercise and when. there's basal rates to keep an eye on, and infusion set problems. but most of these you learn along the way. the key is to ask your nurse all the questions, and maybe take a pen and paper to write down things they tell you that aren't in the brochures.

all of this controlling is an effort to regulate your sugar levels, and can be trememdously successful and worthwhile in the end. and after all it does become routine after a time i promise! and as with everything, the more energy you put into it, the more you'll get out of it, and the healthier you will be.

i hope that answers things...

any questions anyone has, please don't hesitate to ask!