I decided back in April to take a break from pumping and last week when I had my A1C (3 month average of blood sugars) done by the vampire nurse – I wasn’t sure how I would be fair. With the month of June being overwhelming with hormonal issues due to menopause (la, la, la, men do not want to read this … to bad … I’m in a bitchy mood today … ONLY KIDDING … sort of - due to gaining weight since my last visit - urhhh).
Drumroll … 5.9% (last April it was 6%). I've proven to myself that I can maintain good diabetes control with the "poor man's pump" (I average about 6 injections a day). I’m pretty surprised with the A1C – since it’s not based on low blood sugars as I’ve been opposite with fighting highs with menopause.
The question now revolving around in my mind (and my endocrinologist) – do I go back to the pump? We had a big discussion about this (sorry for the folks in the waiting room). I think you know his answer.
For myself, to help you understand my burning decision is by putting this in American terminology for medical insurance jargon that you talk about – my co-pay for the pump was $1,800 and I purchased the pump back in February 2008. That’s a chunk of cha ching that could have gone for a new set of tires for my motorcycle or better yet healthy groceries. Along with the supplies, it can add up for those of us who don't have a great insurance deal or one at all. Things I think some people who are considering going onto a pump need to consider.
I’ve had a few issues with MDI (multiple dosage injecting) which I've voiced in a few of the social diabetic forums I belong in – but I’ll keep you pondering until the next time I write and you can weigh the pros/cons along with me.