You got a pancreas transplant and you don't have diabetes anymore?? That's wonderful!! I hope you never have to go back on insulin again. Can any Diabetic choose to get a pancreas transplant if they didn't want to have Diabetes anymore??View Thread
I've been on the pump since... 2002 I think... yes, it was in 2002 because I was a sophomore in high school when I first got on it. I was using a bright blue paradigm 515 Then I upgraded twice after that. I upgraded to a pump that looked just like my paradigm 522 but it didn't work with a CGM. I use the OneTouch UltraLink glucose monitor and it's so great that my meter sends my BG readings to my pump so I wouldn't have to plug in my readings into my pump all the time. Then I upgraded again to a pretty purple-colored 522 pump so I could use the CGM.
The pump is great. It's like an outside pancreas. The only problem I have with it is that I always accidentally hit it everyone because I am so active and I move around all the time.
But before the pump, I first started out using the Regular and NPH insulin. That was back in 1994. Then a few years later I switched from that to the Lantus and the Humolog. I hated lugging around handfuls of syringes and vials of insulin. Sometimes I didn't carry enough that I had to come back home from wherever I was to get more.
I think the pump is great because you get more of an accurate insulin dosage. The pump calculates how much insulin to give you after punching in how many carbs you are going to eat AND it also factors in you blood sugar reading. It's really hard to inject 3.2 units of insulin lol View Thread
Going from syringes to the insulin pump was such a big change for me, but like dgarner11 said, once you get passed having a little machine attached to you 24/7, i think you'll like it a lot! It's as small as a regular flip phone and you can hide it in your pocket. No more carrying around needles, alcohol swabs, and vials of insulin with you everywhere you go! You get more freedom!
It's ok if you have no experience with using an insulin pump. A pump trainer/educator will teach you everything you need to know. At first I felt overwhelmed and frustrated with learning how to use the pump. But once I got the hang out of, I ended up loving it! Be sure to take lots of notes! View Thread
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