Wednesday, January 25, 2012

welcome charcoal gray insulin pump

I have an insulin pump in charcoal gray! It's bigger than I thought! I am not going to be able to hide this thing in my bra as previously hoped. All my friends and family can attest to the fact that I have been a loser diabetic! Hopefully my days of A1C scores of 13, glucose readings swinging from 590 to 41 in the same day, and 8-10 daily shots in my legs and stomach are OVER!!
Why a pump? Glad you asked! Here's what the doc told me:

Benefits of Insulin Pump Therapy

Insulin pump therapy provides more flexibility for your lifestyle while giving you greater control of your diabetes:

More Flexibility

Since the insulin pump uses only more predictable rapid-acting insulin, you will not need to follow a strict schedule for eating, activity, and insulin injections. You can eat when you are hungry, delay a meal if you want, even broaden your food choices. If you do activities that lower your blood sugar such as riding your bike, playing with your kids, or gardening, you can reduce your basal rate so that your blood sugar does not drop too low. If you are sick or have an infection and tend to have an increase in your blood sugar, you can increase your basal rate so that your blood sugar does not go up too high. You can also change your meal bolus based on the foods you choose to eat.

Fewer Injections

With multiple daily injections, you can give yourself at least 120 injections per month. With insulin pump therapy, you can reduce this by 108 injections—you just change your infusion set 12 times per month.

Tighter Control, Fewer Long-term Complications

With more precise insulin delivery, you can also gain better control of your diabetes. With proper insulin pump use, you can be four times more likely to achieve your target A1C and potentially reduce your low blood sugars by 84%! Since insulin pump therapy can help you achieve better control, you can reduce your long-term complications of diabetes such as eye, heart, kidney, and nerve damage.

Better Predictability

Insulin pump therapy provides more predictability in the way your insulin works in your body than multiple daily injections (MDI). Traditional, long-acting insulin can “pool” under the skin, resulting in uneven absorption rates causing unpredictable lows and highs. Insulin pumps use only rapid-acting insulin, which is absorbed with more predictability so you can deliver smaller, more precise doses of insulin when that’s all your body needs.


Nick Hart said...

Good Luck, Jaki! It will be worth it!!

Dr. Alan said...

Hey Jaki,
Sorry to hear that your DM has been such a chore to control. I know the life of a diabetic is difficult; I see it every day. Keep working on it - you will succeed. Now a word from your friend. Be sure you are getting a DILATED eye examination EVERY year. DM is the number one cause of preventable blindness in the US. Also, the eyes are the only place in the body where a doctor can see the blood vessels in their native state without cutting you open. When things begin to happen in the eyes (aneurysms, infarctions, etc.) it is then happening in the rest of the organs / tissues, also. It really is a full-body wellness check. Stay Healthy! And please feel free to contact me if there is ever anything I can do for you.