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.