Jeanette Terry was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 11 years old, and she has since lived with diabetes through difficult life transitions, including the teenage years, college, and having children. She addresses the day-to-day struggles of living with diabetes—going beyond medical advice—to improve overall adherence and management.
Technology is great, isn’t it? You can pretty much find whatever you’re looking for as far as tablets, phones, and other gadgets that make everyday activities easier. And when it comes to diabetes, insulin pump technology has come a long way in the last few years. There is a much bigger variety in style and capability than there used to be.
The warranty on my current insulin pump recently ended, which spurred my decision to look for a new one. I have always stuck with the same model, which has been very reliable, but with constant advances in technology I figured I would give some of the new options a try to see if anything had come along in the last four years that would blow my socks off.
Now everyone is different, and an insulin pump may not be the way to go for some people. But I feel that a good insulin pump is essential. Insulin pump therapy has helped me have better blood sugar control and has become a central part of my diabetes care. The right pump can make or break my management plan. So it is kind of a big deal when shopping for a new pump to make sure to get the best option for my lifestyle and something that I am okay being attached to for the next four years of my life.
Of pumps and men
Strangely, I found searching for the right pump to be a lot like dating. You really have to be picky about whom you date and spend plenty of time together to make sure that your lifestyles mesh well and that your companion has what you need to be happy. Finding the right man can be hard. You may have to go through a few relationships before you find the perfect match. It’s the same when choosing a new pump. You have to do your research and then try a few out before you find the one that makes you happy.
Thanks to a great diabetes educator, I was able to “test drive” a few of the pumps that are on the market today after researching them online. Technology is great, but I found it really hard to find a pump that had everything I needed for the best diabetes control. I also found that the ones that I was most excited about from my research weren’t necessarily the best fit for me and my personal diabetes care. Nothing beats seeing them in person.
You really have to be comfortable with the pump you choose because you are literally joined at the hip, so don’t settle for something that you don’t love. After “dumping” several pumps I finally decided on one. It turned out to be the best choice for me and I am very happy.
Now doesn’t that sound like a happy ending to a great love story? Well, at least for the next year or so, until a flashy new model comes along. In this technological era, it is easy to be attracted to the newest gadget.
Time to trade?
A good man can make you happy for a lifetime, but eventually any aging electronic device won’t have everything that the shiny new ones offer. Just like with men, make sure you choose a new device that offers more than good looks. Figure out what you like most about your current diabetes management and decide whether you’ll really benefit from that newer model with additional technology and features.
There is no need to be afraid of new technology. It can make daily diabetes care much easier. Take the time to do some research and some self reflection to make sure that you find the best option for you so that you can have a happy ending to your own insulin pump love story.
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