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sarah + insulin pump

if i had to put it into one word, i would say: glorious.

is it weird having a technological contraption attached to me at all times?  yes.  am i still fairly self-conscious of it?  kind of.  has it made my daily life much less complicated and much easier?  absolutely.

monday morning my pump was filled with insulin.  i had breakfast at the diabetes center and stayed for 2 hours after so they could make sure everything was functioning properly.  i was 268 mg/dL two hours after, but this was probably more related to having no basal insulin in 12 hours (although i still somehow woke up at 135 mg/dL! silly honeymoon phase/pancreas deciding to work sometimes...) i corrected this high, and came down an hour later, so it was clearly not an infusion set/site issue, and i was free to go.

being able to bolus so easily, wherever/whenever i want is amazing.  it's basically like i have a pancreas but i just have to do some of the work for it.  being on injections is doing all of the work.  carrying all the stupid supplies around, having to take out the pen, put the needle on, try and determine how much insulin i needed in 1 unit increments...it was all very intrusive and often anxiety-provoking.  the pump is wonderful.  i take it out, press a few buttons, and i'm good to go.  if i underestimate, it's a simple process to correct.  if i want to work out, i take the pump off, and if i'm low-ish at the end (in the 70s or so)  i just leave the pump off a bit longer and my blood sugar comes up on it's own.  no more shoveling food that i don't even want to eat (or perhaps just a lot less of that).

a few noteworthy events have occurred thus far in getting used to this new limb/organ i have.  the other night, while showing my friend how easy it is to disconnect/reconnect, i stabbed the needle into the tubing, and only realized this when i was high for no apparent reason and not going down hours later.  there was a hole, and insulin was leaking out.  oops!  need to be careful about that.

also, i wore that tight blue dress last night, and it was a success!  i took the clip off, put it in my bra in the back so it was off to the side, and i was told that it was difficult to notice.  it kind of just looked like i'm on a reality tv show, and i'm wearing a microphone.  no harm, no foul.  i was able to forget it was there, and that's really the most important thing.  the pump definitely helps me forget about diabetes.  it's a lot less thinking/work for me to do.  it's also kind of a cool little thing, and it makes for interesting conversation if i feel like having it.  i kind of feel like a robot.  and i'm happy to say that i mean that in the nicest way possible.

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