I need encouragement.

By Diamika Latest Reply 2014-12-06 03:37:07 -0600
Started 2014-12-05 06:04:30 -0600

Recently, even though I am only a little over 2 months diagnosed, I'm tired of taking insulin and haven't been doing it except for the long- lasting because it hurts due to the lack of fat on my body. I'm going to get a pump in about a month, but I'm scared to do that, too. What do I do?

4 replies

lilleyheidi 2014-12-06 03:37:07 -0600 Report

I certainly do not have the issue of lack of fat, but i'd definitely suggest talking to your doc about getting the smallest needle you can possibly get, they make really tiny ones.
It's so much to take in when you first get diagnosed, I really hope you don't give up on the idea of a pump, from those I've talked with they really love it. Keep open communication with your health team, and check to see if there is a diabetes support group in your area.
Best to you, HUGS, Heidi

Panda99 2014-12-05 13:16:43 -0600 Report

Hi Diamika :-)
I'm sorry that you are finding it painful to take your injections. When first diagnosed it can be quite overwhelming (so many new procedures to learn).
You need to talk to your diabetic health team! They do make very small needles (the nano) where you do not even have to pinch the skin up. I found these very helpful when I was underweight.
I achieved good control with the MDI (multiple daily injections), so have never gone on the pump. The complications of not controlling this disease are too horrible to accept, and effective treatment lies in good compliance on our part.
I do hope you find what works best for you. Feel free to friend me, if you would like to talk further.

kimfing 2014-12-05 10:41:34 -0600 Report

I hear ya about no fat. I went on pump end of June. I am not going to lie, i was really frustrated with it at first, but now i have everything dialed in and love it. For shots, i used to have to hunch over to grab an area to give shot. May want to try to ice the area first to numb it a bit. I know you know you need to take all your shots. Look at it this way, a little pain a few times a day until you get your pump, or a lifetime of complications? Good luck

GabbyPA 2014-12-05 07:46:23 -0600 Report

So many members here love their pumps. They say it helps them so much and I am sure some will chime in here. We have a lot of other discussions that are on pumps. Maybe reading some of those will help you not be so afraid. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/search?query=pump

Only 2 months in, it's still quite overwhelming. Doing so many things that are new all at once can be scary, but it will get easier. Somethings you will start doing without even thinking about them and that will make room to focus on some of the harder things.

Have you asked your doctor if there is a place you can give shots where at least you have a little extra "meat"? I use the outside of my thighs the most. It bruises less there. However, I have plenty of fat, so I cannot relate to that part of your issue.