The pump or MDI ?

Johnben or JB.
By Johnben or JB. Latest Reply 2010-09-25 10:13:12 -0500
Started 2010-09-24 13:46:53 -0500

Well folks I'm 80 years old and brand new here. Couldn't find my last posting and had to go to "Newest" When does it appear on the normal line-up?
I tell you something I do. I'm sure you now want to know what I'm up to sometimes. I post a letter called "The truth about diabetes." mainly for the newbies and sometimes get some flak on that letter. Anyway here is my answer to that. Hope you can figure it out. Here it comes.

About pump people and "normal" people (LOL) in their ways of getting insulin into the body.
At the start of my letter called "The truth about diabetes."I clearly state that with those on the pump the situation is somewhat different. However I have noticed that often letter readers only see what they want to see.
There really is not that much difference between pump people and daily needles people. I guess it has been sufficiently pointed out that some crying when one gets a set back in life often gets rid of the new tension brought on by a diabetes diagnoses. I didn't cry, but my wife did. It is a shocker to most if not all.
I just wonder , before one became diabetic was it not normal to eat your breakfast after getting up in the morning? Different times for some but if it was 7 AM it would always be around that time.
Same for lunchtime, you wouldn't have lunch in your office or other workplace just at anytime, but more at the dessignated time let's say 1 to2 pm?
For most people dinner would be around 6 pm. Not all of cause but there was a certain routine that worked because if you got late you felt the hunger eating away at you.
I guess that became the same time with people after getting diabetes. Your stomach would tell you that it was time to eat.
Being on the pump gives you more leeway and you can eat later (some) or sooner but is that such a benefit? Is that vitally important?

It is far easier to give a few clicks to take insulin than taken it with a syrinse everytime.
So why are not all diabetics on the pump?
Well there are some answers to that question.
There is the cost… for me I have to shell out $ 8,000. in the hope that it will suit me to be on the pump. Not all people are happy on the pump. But the $ 8,000. is gone.
There are medical reasons. For me, I get ulcers if I use a very sticky bandages if I need them.
Particularly the tape pump users use because you cannot have the pump loosely on the belly, must use tape that really sticks. I have heard that there are creams one can put on before using the tape that may make things better. Maybe so.

If a person stays with the needle taking instead of being on the pump is he behind the times as some claim him to be? Maybe there are reasons for him to stay on the needles. Possible?
I think so.
We all have diabetes and we all should try to understand the other if he does things a bit different than he/she itself does. Again in my letter I started out saying that things on the pump are a bit different. I recognized that right off. I hope we can all work together for a better way of living with diabetes. I certainly appreciated all the replies I get. Only yesterday I got an email from a lady who stated that my letter made her realize that there is life after diabetes when she did read I'm at it for 50 years.

Thank you for reading,

JOHNBEN or JB.(that's me!) On 5 needles per day. Humelog and Lantus.

4 replies

Richard157 2010-09-25 10:13:12 -0500 Report

JB, I have pumped for 3+ years and my insulin dosage has decreased. That led to some weight loss, I am still 8 pounds overweight. I used to have my BG 40-180 before pumping. Pumping has given me more stability. Now i am 60-150 about 90% of the time. I still have a few highs and lows, butthey are few and far between. That stability has caused my symptoms of retinopathy and neuropathy to disappear. You have to REALLY want to pump and work very hard to make it really help youl. Patience and dedication is the secret to successful pumping. I bought the book "Pumping Insulin" by John Walsh. It helped too.

Harlen 2010-09-25 08:39:33 -0500 Report

I love my pump they can have it back when I am dead lol
for me it makes my life much better.
Best wishes

Crashnot 2010-09-24 20:04:09 -0500 Report

Hi JB,

Guess I've missed your past posts, but I'm happy to see we do have a few loooong time diabetics with you and Richard on board!

I used syringes for 41 years, including two pregnancies, and have now been on the pump for nearly two years. I would be perfectly happy to go back to syringes, but I must say I love not having to drag out my syringe all the time and can get away with a few button punches every time I feed my face. As a very active person outdoors and with two young children to mind, I also love being more flexible on my snack and mealtimes. On the syringe I HAD to have food in my mouth by 10 AM, again at noon, then at 2 and 5:30. If I didn't it was low sugar time. With the pump I still have lows, but it's usually due to more exercise than I was taking a dose for.

I was a dedicated syringe user until Ontario, Canada starting paying for insulin pumps two years ago, and subsidizing the paraphanalia that goes with it. Otherwise, I'd still be on syringes!