We were turned down for a pump

Troy's Mom
By Troy's Mom Latest Reply 2010-01-26 15:07:25 -0600
Started 2010-01-21 03:09:11 -0600

We have been waiting for a year for a pump for Troy and on our last visit we were told that our Dr. never recomends pumps to 3 year olds. Our last Dr. wanted him to have it but she is gone now. The new Dr. said that we don't have his numbers under good enough control and the pump would be to hard for us. We were disapointed. Does anybody know of a young person with a pump? Troy just turned 3.

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Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2010-01-23 20:55:19 -0600 Report

Being on a pump (and I do love it), I'd be a little nervous to put a 3 year old on a pump. Is he already able to recognize when he's going low? Getting a pump calibrated is tricky business. My nephew is 3 and I can't imagine trying to have him keep a pump on him 24-7 (he's not diabetic, fortunately). As bad as giving a small toddler shots would be, injecting the pump site and keeping a child monitored well enough for them to be safe would be difficult. Course, every child is different. Good luck in working things out! This is not a fun disease, and at that age… wow.

Troy's Mom
Troy's Mom 2010-01-26 06:20:11 -0600 Report

Thank you…I guess we were just hoping for a better way to control his numbers. I'm just scared you know. It's hard. My husband was really pushing for the pump but I was scared because Troy has an older brother and they are always wrestling and playing sports and such. I always thought it would be tricky. I am hoping now that he can get it by the time he goes to school. I'm so worried about that. I really want him to feel normal and go to school with the other children but my goodness I'm so scared. But that is down the road. I need to learn more about the pump. The Docter actully said that the pump was to sufficticated for us. Then she turned around and said well I don't mean it like that. We joke about it now. She wants us to have better control of his numbers. I wish I could make it all better. Thank-you for responding. It helps to hear about the pump. I need more knowledge. It would have been too hard. The Dr. was probably right.

dietcherry 2010-01-21 19:40:44 -0600 Report

Sorry, Hon, I don't know of any toddlers on a pump. I did overhear a conversation in my Endo's office once that his office does not recommend the pump for children younger than 6. Of course, this is just his office policy; I don't know the guidelines, otherwise. Good luck and much love to you and Troy! Renee :)

Troy's Mom
Troy's Mom 2010-01-22 03:34:48 -0600 Report

Ya it seems the new doc has strickter policies. Our old Doc reccomended it and had a 2 year old on one. This new one is told us that she never reccomends pumps for little guys. We were so bummed out.

jayabee52 2010-01-23 02:29:37 -0600 Report

Yes, were I in your shoes I'd be bummed out too. Isn't this present Dr the one who had you crying because you were a "bad mom" for not controlling Troy's numbers better? Could you follow the "old" doc? Or find another one who would recommend the pump? When does present Dr say Troy might have it? Best wishes ~James~

Troy's Mom
Troy's Mom 2010-01-26 06:10:59 -0600 Report

Thank you James…yes she had me crying. I get very sensitive during our visits. I need to work on not letting it get to me. It's very hard and hasn't gotten any easier. I try hard and worry so much. I have considered finding another Dr. I need to grow thicker skin. I don't know what age she reccomends. I will find out this Friday. We have another appointment. I hope my nerves don't get the best of me. She is a young Dr. Maybe she is book smart and not people smart. I'm just saying…The Diabetic speacialist came in right after her and sat down and said just keep doing what you are doing. It was really mixed messages. His AC1 number went down. I don't know. What challenges…What challenges. Thank-you for your rersponse. I will ask her what age she reccomends the pump at. Thanks.

jayabee52 2010-01-26 15:07:25 -0600 Report

That's great Troy's A1c is down. Yeah I know, book smarts vs people smarts. Some people (and Drs) never seem to get it right. I suspect the only time you can get a Dr appt is when your husband is working? If you could get an appt when your hubby could be there it would take the pressure off of you, and give you a 2nd set of ears to hear and remember what Dr said.

If you can't work that, then perhaps Troy's Gma or Gpa, or even a trusted family friend. Someone where you feel not so all alone and emotionally vunerable with the Dr. Then you have someone to give you feedback and impressions on how the visit went. You have a lot of emotion invested in Troy and his situation. It might be helpful to get an "outside" opinion on what the Dr said free from the emotion you are feeling during the visit. It could be helpful. Best wishes to you and yours ~James~

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