6 years on the pump
Today marks day 2193 on the pump. Pretty fitting considering I'm starting a CGM full time tomorrow.
My change to the pump happened when I was 15. I'd not yet had T1 for a full year but I'd decided that injecting in public was just too embarrassing for a teenager. I named my first blue Medtronic Paradigm pump Dobby. Unfortunately he's not pictured below as I had to swap him for Severus after I put him through an x-ray in 2014. Now for the past 2 years I've been using Tonks, the Medtronic 640G which is so much better than the Paradigm.
Truth be told, I hated that pump for the first few weeks. It was awful. I couldn't take in all the information and I kept getting things wrong. It felt weird to have something attached to me all the time. My carb counting had to change. The set changes hurt.
But then it was suddenly amazing. I finally got the hang of it and had all this newfound freedom. I could wake up whenever I wanted (I was a teenager, I liked to hibernate). I could eat whenever I wanted without having to think about injections. I could bring down high sugars with a correction, which you can do with injections but I was still quite new at it. The best part? I didn't have to inject in front of people any more. My fragile teenage dignity was preserved.
I love being on the pump and for me it's the best way to manage my diabetes. That's a comforting thought considering it started tough and I was incredibly nervous about it. I feel the same way about the CGM. It's new, bulky, fiddly, and expensive. I'm worried I'll hate it despite all the amazing things it can do.
But tomorrow is just day 1. Who knows, one day I might find myself at day 2193 on the CGM wondering what on earth I was worrying about.