By briannamom Latest Reply 2013-05-23 10:06:35 -0500
Started 2013-05-16 22:36:34 -0500

My daughter 14 just received her pump in the mail last week, Sunday the rep from one touch is coming to teach us how to use it. I just got done reading the book and watching the video, I am so over whelmed and being to think that switching to the pump was a mistake. Is this normal to feel this way

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GitchyMe 2013-05-23 10:06:35 -0500 Report

I asked my endo for a pump because I didnt like injection so much. Since the pump, i gotta say, handling this is so much easier. I have much better control now and with a cgm it's even better. It is a lot to learn at first, but it is not as complicated as it seems. Hang in there!

Gwen214 2013-05-18 08:41:53 -0500 Report

Yes, it's normal. I received mine 5 years ago. The instructions are there to guide you like any other new thing. Once she starts using it, it will be a breeze for her.

jENNjENNtheRN 2013-05-17 23:14:12 -0500 Report

It really isn't as scary as you think. It's like any other piece of equipment… you program it to your specifications and it does the work. After a little time and fine tuning, you will both wonder why you didn't consider it sooner.

type1skillset 2013-05-17 17:13:50 -0500 Report

I agree with everyone else below. I was so anti going on a pump, in part from the fear from health care professionals and books put into me. I love it now. The reality is, is that it is as complicated or not as you want to make it. I don't use any of the wizards, bolus correction calculators or dual wave bla bla bla's (I know how to I just don't need them). I simply do what I did before and find it more convenient. You'll find what works for you, just ease into it, you'll be a pro before you know it:) For the record, my A1c is 7 so I feel it was worth it.

ShellyLargent 2013-05-17 11:16:17 -0500 Report

I think it's just because this is something new and it's a little scary… Totally normal. I've been on a pump for almost 10 years now and would hate to think where I'd be now without it. Once you learn how to work the pump, it will do all of the thinking for you. Makes care so much easier. There is a learning curve, yes, with it, but don't give up on it. It's so worth the little bit time and effort it takes to get it dialled in and working for her. Good Luck!

KG66 2013-05-17 10:21:57 -0500 Report

Totally! That's why I started with saleen (Don't know how to spell it but it's pretty much salt water.) instead of insulin and still took my pen injections while practing the steps. I felt very overwhelmed at first but after a week or 2 I finally started feeling more calm about what I was doing and I really started loving it! It's so much easier than the pen and hurts a lot less! For a Teen of 14 I think your daughter will like it better. I was 17 when I got mine and it made me feel better since I didn't have to inject myself at lunch at School.

s93vw 2013-05-17 07:08:21 -0500 Report

My daughter, 12, switched to the pump last November. I too was completely overwhelmed. I think in part it was due to the fact that much of she does with the pump involves her only where as when she was getting injections I felt on top of things and knew exactly what was going down. Still months later I feel this way although her numbers have benefited. Last weekend we went to 6 Flags ( you can't wear the pump on roller coasters) and we successfully made the transition back and forth. I know my daughter has really gotten used to the pimp because the idea of going back to needles wasn't good for her. Over all it has been wonderful. In a few weeks she will go to ADA camp and I know she will get a lot of the questions I don't have answers for answered.

manapua72 2013-05-17 00:44:42 -0500 Report

I don't think switching to the pump was a mistake … Your daughter will love it I think … I know I love mine …