Well, I’m now into Week 2 of pull the plug on my pump and taking break. Again, to those of you who think I may be bashing pumping – I AM NOT – far from it!!! I’m just taking a break, trying to see if I can have as good control over my diabetes / blood sugars (BG) as I do with Salvador Dali (my Animas 2020 pump). I have a friend who has been diabetic for 50 years since the age of 25 and he doesn't use a pump, and has an A1C of 5.1% - and next to no complications due to long term diabetes. If he can do it, hopefully I and others who don't have the luxury of owning a pump can do the same thing! Anyway, I will go back to pumping eventually, heck I paid $7K for the pump, might as well use it! I’m not that crazy and looking a gift horse in the mouth.
One thing I’ve noticed is I found that being on the pump has made me so much more aware of how to use my insulin properly then when I was MDI (multiple dosage injections) for the previous 40 years. Before pumping, I guess I just lucked in on doing the “right thing” and managed to maintain an A1C in the 7% range, but I have a feeling that was due to having low blood sugars (hypos) plus I wasn’t testing my BG’s (blood sugars) as frequently as I do now. So, insulin pumping has made me a better diabetic I feel. I’m currently using Lantus / NovoRapid and I’m going to try out Levemir when I run out of Lantus pen cartridges.
I know eventually I'll go back to the pump, maybe it'll be in a few more weeks, few months, not sure, but for now I’m actually finding the regime of Lantus (slow insulin – aka basal in the pump) twice a day - and the NovoRapid (rapid insulin – aka bolus / BG correction in the pump) no different then when I was using the pump. I just have to pull out the pen needle, change the needle (I tend to use the needle twice - I know - bad - but I have a high pain threshold I guess). Because this is still new to me, I'm finding it abit of a longer process, but I'll be back in the swing of things soon.
One thing I do find I’m perhaps performing more BG (blood glucose) testing then before. Remember, I’m slightly OCD as my endo called me (read previous blog here). Heck, diabetes is something we live with 24/7 and you can’t shake this monkey off your back as a Type 1 diabetic. It’s with you for life, so if you can keep things at an even keel then hopefully less complications in the future will befall us.
Off to test my BG!