I have heard of a few instances of diabetics starting pumping immediately after being told to use insulin but I don't think it is a good idea. It works much better if the diabetic becomes very accustomed to insulin, injections, testing, carb counting and all the rest BEFORE pumping. Having to learn all about pumping at the same time you are learning about insulin and injections and carb counting can be overwhelming. I can imagine someone like that throwing in the towel under those circumstances. Someone who has at least reasonably good control and knows the ins and outs of diabetes management with basal/bolus insulin can adjust to pumping much more easily. Pump training and learning to program and operate the pump day after day can be enough to learn in itself. If you pile learning about insulin and carb counting from scratch on top of that it can be too much. I hope I have stated myself clearly.
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