Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Great Unknown

I apologize for not posting sooner. I was at a spiritual retreat, which is part of the reason for this post.

I spent some time reflecting on my health and how it affects my spirit and I have decided that I want to start using a pump. I seem to be one of the last people out there not using one and honestly guys, reading everyone’s blogs has made me realize how totally out of the loop I am.

I just made an appointment for next week and I am already nervous. I wonder if my doctor will say it’s okay for me? I wonder if I should even see him or switch to an Endo? I would love some feedback and guidance from others like me.

Leave a comment please! I would greatly appreciate it!



Scott K. Johnson said...

Hey George!

It's certainly something to look into. It's not, by any means, a cure all solution. It's another way to deliver your insulin.

It adds a lot of flexibility to your lifestyle, but also comes with it's own challenges and potential problems. Nothing that can't be dealt with though.

Any questions you have you should post on your blog - there'll be a rush of pumpers who chime in and answer any questions you have!

I would love to hear more about your spiritual retreat, if you are open to share anything about it.

Another thing I recommend would be to read one of a couple books on pumping. The first that jumps to mind is "Pumping Insulin" by John Walsh & Ruth Roberts. I have an extra copy that I'd be happy to send to you if you would like.

It will give you some insight into what types of things you will have to be comfortable with - in terms of troubleshooting issues and fine tuning controls, etc. It's also just a great learning tool even if you decide a pump may not be for you. Either way you go it would be worth the read.

Penny said...

Hi George. My three year old just started on a pump. I also recommend the books "Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified" by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer and "Smart Pumping" by Wolpert.

Shannon said...

My son is on the Cozmo like Scott is. Pumping should be something that every diabetic should consider and every endo should be supportive.

If your endo isn't supportive, see a different one.

Like Scott pointed out, it isn't a cure all, but it's definitely healthier than shots because it mimics a functioning pancreas. Plus is makes insulin delivery so much more convenient and allows a more normal lifestyle. You're not a slave to the clock and you aren't chasing your numbers with carbs.