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SRRYLVINGSP Posts: 1,262
7/18/13 12:30 P

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Ha ha, I figured it sounded too good to be true lol.
Iím thinking she will once she starts attending groups with other diabetic children her age.
Pumps are definitely something I havenít kept up on.
I guess the teenage years was sort of ďIím not a diabetic, I can eat what I want whenever I want and do whateverĒ
Becoming a mom I started getting back control Ė being pregnant was the best time for control.
Now that my child is a diabetic too I want to be the best role model I can be for her in every way :)


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7/18/13 12:12 P

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I think your daughter's nurse might be referring to a continuous glucose monitor, not a pump. The pump has no way to know if you're low or high; it's simply a tool to deliver insulin (in the most efficient way possible). A CGM is worn separately (I know! I tried it and hated wearing two devices!) but while it'll sound an alarm when you're blood sugar is out of range, I don't believe it spells out a message saying to call 911. Perhaps that's on someone's wish list, but I'm fairly certain it doesn't exist now. Because I test up to a dozen times a day, I didn't like the CGM for the expense and extra site, and it wasn't really giving me info that my finger sticks do.

One of the main reasons I started pumping is that it's considered the "gold standard" of insulin therapy. Most people who pump use less insulin than they do via injections since the delivery is in smaller, consistent doses (basal insulin), and therefore there isn't the leakage or pooling that can occur with injections. I also love being able to skip meals, or eat when I want. Of course, with faster acting insulins these days, there isn't the worry that I used to have in a restaurant, where I'd inject my regular insulin, and hope the food arrived in time.

I hope your daughter expresses an interest in pumping, since she'll be on insulin for much longer than people who are diagnosed as adults. : )

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SRRYLVINGSP Posts: 1,262
7/18/13 11:53 A

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I heard a lot of people talking about the flexibility of it a pump.

I do have lows sometimes so I treat it with 4oz of regular soda or 1 or 2 of those Dex4 tablets Ė itís enough to bring my levels back to normal but not enough to require extra insulin.
I love going on hikes and walking with my husband so to prevent a low I usually take less insulin before the walk and Iím good. If I do more than planned and get a low I have those Dex4 tablets or a few sips of Gatorade.

I think the thought of something attached to me 24/7 is mainly whatís keeping me back from the pump. I think knowing its attached to my clothes bothers me more than actually being attached to my side. I canít even wear my fitbit on my pants because it drives me LOL. But, like I said if my daughter took an interest in it Iíd push myself outside my comfort zone and start using it.
What I like about my pens is I take my insulin then it goes into my handbag or special place in the cupboard till the next meal. When I do get a higher reading I avoid taking extra insulin and up the water intake and go for a walk around the block.
Now, I do check my blood sugars 8 or more times a day. It makes me feel in control.

My daughters nurse told me this neat feature on the pumps now, if you go low the pump will stop the insulin flow and flash a message ďIím a diabetic, please call 911Ē


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7/17/13 11:59 P

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What I love most about pumping is the flexibility!

I can decide to go for a hike and not worry about going low; I simply adjust my basal on my pump. Or, if I'm at a party where there are nibbles and I'm grazing, I can easily adjust my basal to give me enough to cover.

If I feel a low coming on, I can adjust my pump so I don't have to eat to counter extra insulin in my system.

I didn't think I'd like pumping; the idea of something attached to me 24/7 was daunting...for about an hour! I remember telling myself that I was only going to try the pump; there was nothing that said I had to stay on it. That was over 10 years ago and I never plan to go back to injections!


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SRRYLVINGSP Posts: 1,262
7/17/13 9:58 P

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Thanks :)

I personally prefer manually injecting my insulin with the pens. Since my daughter was diagnosed her diabetic nurse jokingly said her personal goal is to get me on the pump within the next year.
I have agreed that if my daughter is interested in using the pump at any point then I'll go on it to.
They said a lot of children her age went on the pump within a year of being diagnosed and there are some that has absolutely no interest in it. I guess we'll see as time goes on.
I have heard many wonderful things about the pump but I really like my pens right now :)

On a different note, my daughter has started checking her own blood sugars and is doing awesome with it! :)

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7/17/13 12:06 A

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Why haven't you used the pump? It makes life so much easier. :) But I have to admit, I haven't tried my CGM and I've had it for a few months now. Life is just getting the best of me.

Thanks for volunteering Jessica, you are doing a great job at creating an active group.

" Sometimes God places people in your life who help and encourage you even when they don't know it"


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SRRYLVINGSP Posts: 1,262
7/16/13 9:25 P

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I guess I should introduce myself too...

My name is Jessica. I'm from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. I was diagnosed on November 26, 1999 -- my 10th birthday!
My daughter was also diagnosed on May 13th, 2013.
I'm a stay at home mom and wife.
My husband and I are getting more involved with the local diabetes events.
I own a pump but I haven't used it yet.

I guess anything else you want to know just ask me here or send me a message.

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7/14/13 8:46 A

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Valerie,

I've read some of your post and you offer a lot of wise advise. Thanks so much for stepping up! emoticon

" Sometimes God places people in your life who help and encourage you even when they don't know it"


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7/12/13 1:01 P

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Hi everyone!

I don't know how much wisdom I have, but I can assure you I have plenty of energy around the subject of diabetes! I know my co-leader Jessica has already posted several threads to get more interaction going, so let's join in and create a supportive, informative community for ourselves!

About me; I was diagnosed in May 1992 after my first son was born. I injected for several years and was lucky enough to meet and work with David Price, a guru endocrinologist who put me on four injections a day which was fairly new practice back then. I started pumping about 10 years ago and hopefully will never go back to injections. I've always said I felt lucky that diabetes is my disease, since it fits my type A personality. I've enjoyed really great control and ease of management...until menopause reared its ugly head a couple years ago! I'm now struggling a bit more to get back to my under-6 A1Cs, and having to pay much more attention to diet and exercise. I live in Santa Rosa, California with my husband and youngest son. I'm a fused glass artist and instructor.
Hope to see lots of activity here!
Valerie

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7/12/13 3:31 A

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Hello everyone,

I just wanted to take a minute to announce that we have added two new leaders to the team. I'm excited to announce that both Valerie1619 and Walshln. Both ladies answered my cry for help and are bringing a lot of energy and wisdom to the group.

We have already made an unexpected connections both Valerie1619 and Walshln's daughter were diagnosed during the month of May and Walshln and I diaversaries are just 1 day apart 11/26 and 11/27.

Look for more updates, great challenges and a new cover for our page.

Please be sure to stop by the link on our team page to give them a shout out.

Lee

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