Thursday, July 13, 2006

Off The Insulin Pump


Three weeks ago I made the decision to go off the 'ol insulin pump.

I did this for a number of reasons:
1. I was exercising in the heat and losing my infusion set when my skin became too sweaty.
2. If I swam for more than 20 minutes, my infusion set would come off as well.
3. My blood sugar numbers were a little off due to all the aforementioned craziness.
4. I needed a break from being 'tethered'.

When my oldest son and I attended his Junior Olympics - Tae Kwon Do training camp, at Lake Allatoona, I knew my infusion set wouldn't do well in 100+ degree heat. And, yes, I do use a skin poxy to enhance the tape stickiness. But...it doesn't hold up to a sweaty body.

Before I went back on shots, I consulted with my doctor and she listened to my concerns. She then ordered an A1c and put me on Lantus (With the suggestion of my sister, who is an insulin dependant diabetic as well.). My A1c was a 6.7 and my doctor was fine with the new regimen.

I currently take 25 units of Lantus at night time and test my blood every 3 hours until bed. So far, so good. God is very good to me. I am currently averaging a 110 blood sugar. I'm exercising more since I don't have to worry about the infusion set.

There's an old expression that goes something like this:
When life gives you lemons, make sugar-free lemonade.

When you need to make changes to your diabetes, do it right, e.g. see your doctor, and have a positive attitude.

3 comments:

Angie said...

wow, sounds like you are doing very well, congrats!

ash said...

congrats

Glenna Marshall said...

Just passing through..following links...ended up here. My husband is also an insulin dependent diabetic (since he was 11 yrs. old, he's now 28). He's never made the plunge to the pump because he doesn't want to feel "tethered", as you put it. I would think going back to shots would not be very fun, although you seem to be doing well with it. My husband's doc recently switched him to Lantus (a few months ago). His A1C has been incredible since then...that drug is amazing. Congrats on the good health--diabetes can be a meanie sometimes, but it can be very livable too. Sounds like you are under control. :)
-gm-