Tuesday, May 24, 2016

To Pump or not to Pump

Making the choice to use an insulin pump is a personal one. There are a lot of factors involved in deciding if and when a pump will work for your child.

For me, the choice to wait was due large in part to my son's impulsive nature. I was concerned he would treat the pump like a video game and press buttons that could deliver insulin when it wasn't needed.

I didn't know there were pumps with safeguards in place. The one we chose has a three button system to turn it on. It's a requirement of the FDA, a good one. 

After 5 years with type 1 diabetes, we made the call to get the process started. 

First, the doctor gave us brochures to look over and pick the pump that we wanted. Since my son is now twelve, I included him in that process. He is the one that has to acclimate to using it and I wanted him to select a pump that he'd be comfortable with. There are a few out there, and my son's doctor told us it was our choice. 

Insurance companies generally want to see blood sugar logs. Ours wanted to see 2 months worth. Some want three. We keep logs of all his sugars and insulin doses, so fortunately we were prepared. 


The process went quickly. Within a few weeks, my son was connected. What we didn't expect was the dramatic change in his blood sugars.

He has adapted quickly to the pump...much more quickly than I could have imagined.  It clips to his belt or he tucks it inside his pocket. Every 2-3 days, we change the cartridge and the infusion site. 

I expect to see a lower A1C at his next check-up. With that, a lowered risk of diabetic side effects.

The decision of whether to pump or not to pump is an individual choice. It was definitely one that we took time to consider before making the transition. 

We're optimistic, so far, that the results will be worth it.

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