Thursday, April 10, 2008

Update on my pump . . .

When I wrote my post about my insulin pump last week, I thought I'd be hooked up and using it by now. Unfortunately, things don't always go as planned. I did go for my training session on Monday and it was great. I hit it off with the trainer right away, I learned a lot and I had a great time doing it. The only glitch was that my doctor's office had a conflict for our next appointment, so we had to reschedule that. On the up side, it gives me more time to practice with the pump tutorials and pour over the manuals. On the down side, it will be a few more days before I'm hooked up. (Thanks to the trainer, much of my fear has turned into anticipation, so I'm hopeful the time will go by quickly!)

The big day is Monday, April 14th. And in a fitting coincidence, that same day is Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day!


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In honor of the day, I'll share my thoughts with you as I embark on this new chapter in my Diabetes life. Pea is coming to my appointment too, for support and also so he can learn about the pump along with me. So maybe I can designate him as "Event Photographer" and have him snap some pictures as I get "hooked up".

More importantly, what do you want to know about Type 1 Diabetes? Do you have questions I might be able to answer? What can I share with you? And what can you share with me? Leave me your questions and thoughts in the comments, and I'll include them in my post on Monday. Remember, the more you ask, the more we can all learn!

(P.S. I've pre-written this post in Blogger in Draft. It's still in beta, but I was anxious to see how it works. If you are reading this, then it has worked fine!)

14 comments:

Heide said...

I'm both anxious and excited for you. I hope the insulin pump will allow you some more freedom and worry free time as you'll have help with your monitoring, etc. Now that you'll be bionic will you knit even faster? ;)

jessica said...

I'm glad your anxious and not afraid, and I'm excited for you!

I guess I don't know much about type 1 because no one close to me has it... my grandma has type 2, and I know that was partly because of her lifestyle and eating habits of the past. So how early can you be diagnosed? I know you have to watch carbs and sugar, but I don't know all the details, Sorry I'm not informed at all. But it just isn't something I need to know for my(or my family's) life. But with that said I am more than willing to learn! Also I hope that doesn't upset you that I have no clue what your daily life is like... OK enough rambeling... take care!

bmom said...

Good luck. The only person I know who has a pump just loves, loves, loves it.

My (step) grandson, age 16, has diabetes and has had for years now. To be honest, I don't know the difference between type 1/2 (I believe his is 1). He's on insulin. We don't see him often -- but I don't know if there's anything we should/shouldn't be doing to help him.

Kristin said...

I think that more people should be aware overall about diabetes and how important good eating habits in general are to general overall healthiness. I know a family and they have a child who has diabetes (type II, I think? but she might have a pump? so maybe type I?) and when her sugar is off she is constantly eating candy or drinking a soda. Makes me cringe every time! Shouldn't she eat healthier alternatives with natural sugar? Or is that ignorant on my part?

guiltypleasures said...

How interesting that your appt falls on the Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day. I had friends with Type 1 diabetes and one even had a pump, so no questions here, but I am wondering if the pump size has changed since I saw one about 20 years ago. Maybe a photo of it with something (skein of yarn?) for scale would be helpful.

Sonya said...

I'm so glad your feeling anticipation and less nervousness. It's good to have lots of those questions answered ahead of time. I'm looking forward to seeing your hook-up pictures!

thegabbyknitter said...

I'm glad that your fears have been replaced with anticipation. It sounds like it will be great for you!

Jennifer said...

I'm glad you are looking forward to it, and familiarizing yourself with it. Good for you!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Good luck Karen, I hope the pump makes things easier for you.

Kathy said...

Lighting candles for you monday!

My questions:

Can you enjoy normal foods more with a pump?

WIll you have trouble sleeping wearing it?

Does it go under your skin? Will it hurt for awhile?

Will you preset it or something or do you have to keep loading it with insulin all day?

Im so glad IM going to learn!

Ragan Knits etc... said...

Wow...I think that my questions are similar to Kathy's...and I want to pass on the info to my cousin (I have emailed with you about him before).
:o)
Hurray for the big day!!!!

Jessica said...

Glad things are looking good for you on this. I hope all goes smoothly and painlessly for you!

Is type 1 the adult onset? I always get that confused...

Kathy definitely has the good questions covered. But I have one more... did you knit it a cozy yet? ;)

amandacathleen said...

I'm so behind on my blog reading, I was like what huh? I'm so excited for you! I can't wait to hear how it goes. I think I have the same questions as everyone else. Hope all goes well on Monday, I'm sure it will! : )

cpurl17 said...

Pump it up!!

Good luck!!

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