Mush and a Promise

There are times when I just shouldn’t be left alone to think. And it’s not that I have too much time to think, it’s just that once I start thinking about certain things, like insulin pumps, my mind is completely consumed by each one’s pros and cons and which one I like better or which one I think would work for me better.

Over the past, well, almost year, I have been doing too much “pros and cons” thinking instead of just stepping back and looking at the picture overall. Instead of comparing how they fit me, I’ve been comparing them against each other. So, after long thinking and irritating the life out of my friends, I’m lightening up the load.

I’ve called Accu-chek about the Spirit pump I had (out of warranty), and they are sending for it so they can dispose of it properly, and a few friends have claimed the other systems (the MM Revel and older, bigger pod system) I had after offering them on Facebook. I feel so guilty having what I do when others out there need pumps but maybe can’t get them or only have one and have no backup system.

So, that will leave me with the t:slim in the arsenal of pumps that would just be sitting around. I’m working with Tandem now to see if I can get approval to return it. It’s a long shot, but we’ll see how it goes. With no promise of when the update will be released to fix the issue of safety I have it it, I just don’t want it sitting on a shelf for possible use. I’ve also given out the accessories that I bought to go with it, so I’m down to what it came with.

That will leave me with the Animas Ping and the Omnipod (gen 2) system. Both of these work well with me and my needs, and I don’t mind trading off every now and then. The Ping will be good for if I want to rotate leg sites because I just can’t get good absorption with the pods there. It will give a break to my stomach and sides from using the pods. I think the benefits of the upgraded pod system are wonderful, and being tubeless is a definite plus, though it still gives me the hebegeebies. And, if I know we have something big coming up, like, say, beach vacation, I can take either system and not worry at all about the water.

So, with all of that being said, I leave you all with this promise… which I have signed:

pump promise

And I have Erik and Cherise to hold me to this. If I don’t, they have permission to go bat-snap crazy on me and take any and all pumps away from me and make me deal strictly with insulin pens. That, in itself, is enough to make me want to not say another word.

I’m confident in the fact that I do not want to give up my Dexcom for another brand nor do I want to switch insulin brands again.. now I need to be confident in my choice of insulin delivery and get over it and move on.

The One Where I Become My Own Philosopher

Choices.

Preferences.

We all have our own. We’re all different – some more than others – and we have to live our lives with whatever choices or preferences are best for us, not for everyone else.

I’m the sort of person who gets easily wrapped up in the common thing. The popular thing. I’m also one to want the latest and greatest of all technology to feed my inner geekiness.

As with all things, sometimes, it’s best to step back from the OOoooo’s and AAAAHHhhhh’s of whatever it is you’re looking at and just think about the basics and compare needs to options and make the best decision for YOU, not because someone else is doing it.

Think about what is going to work for you for the long-haul. Think about what is going to make your life flow. Every choice will have speed bumps to go with it, but it helps to think about it and make the one the choice that will have the least speed bumps in your own flow of life.

Make reasonable choices off of the facts.

Not all that glitters is gold… and all gold doesn’t glitter at every angle.

I’m not just saying this in reference to insulin pumps or meters or any other diabetes technology, although it is what spurred the thought process for me. But it also applies to anything in life, really.

Okay, I’m done being my own philosopher today.

Have a great Wednesday!

Personal Pump Quest

After my blogging contract with Medtronic ended in July, I decided to re-explore my pump options. Not that I was dissatisfied with their pump at all, but I just wanted to see and compare it to the pumps I had used previously. I want to be sure I’m using what works for me in the majority of circumstances (as there is no pump that fits anyone “perfectly”… or not that I’ve found anyway).

Last month, I put on the OmniPod. After a week, I was back in love again. Starry eyed and giddy, I had gone through 3 pods without issues and LOVED being tubeless again. This time for the reason, not of the dreaded door handle or drawer pull, but of BABY hands. Kip LOVES to play with strings and pull things along with him. A pump “string”, though, was the one that he couldn’t understand why he couldn’t pull. So I thought, “Hey, what the heck”, ya know?

Well, after a while, I began to remember why I couldn’t personally use the Omnipod system: the cannula. There’s only one option since it’s an all-in-one device. As for me, if I use a soft cannula, it has to be the 9mm one, otherwise I have to have the longer steel set. This caused me to have to use more insulin… and the absorbency was sketchy at best.

Also, I couldn’t just “forget” the PDM and get by throughout the day. You absolutely have to have it with you. So, I guess that’s two things.

While I believe it is a great system for some, it just doesn’t work for me, no matter how badly I want it to (and trust me, I do). For the first time in years, I didn’t feel diabetic. So, though I hate to do it, I have to mark OmniPod off of my list of options. It will be great as a backup system if anything ever happens and I need a replacement “traditional” pump, but not for what I need day-to-day.

It’s Luigi!

Now, we’re in September, and I’ve pulled out my next pump to get re-acquainted with – the Animas Ping. I’ve been wearing it since Saturday, so I haven’t gotten a good idea yet. I do know that I’ve had to keep my basal rates that were transferred over from the OmniPod at a -20% or -30% rate since the switch, so I guess that’s a good thing so far.

I’m going to try not to rely heavily on the fact that it has a remote bolus feature because IF I stay with Animas, and they have the Vibe released in the US any time soon, I’m not going to have that function any longer. So I’m going to try to base my opinions strictly on the pump itself.

Now I just have to figure out how to make sure that tubing stays tucked in and out of little baby hands!

*Also, just as a side-note I’ll throw out there, I am missing my integrated CGM that’s in the Revel pump. I just wish the sensors didn’t hurt so darn much!… and lasted longer. I cannot WAIT (well, I have to, but I don’t want to) for the Enlite sensor to come out so I can try it!!!!!*

*Disclosure: I am not a doctor. Nor do I play one. Anything I do and blog about does not give you permission to do so yourself without speaking with your own healthcare professional. I love mine and he goes along with most anything I do, and knows about {most} of my endeavors with diabetes technology.*