Hello fellow LADAers. I was finally diagnosed with LADA a few months ago. It took my husband taking me to the hospital and pushing for an Endo. to see me after my Internal Med. doc RX'ed massive amounts of metformin that didn't work. Anyways, I started on insulin and my blood sugar came down to normal levels. Since then my insulin doses have gone way down- to teeny tiny amounts. My Endo. reassured me this was the honeymoon phase and what makes being an LADA so tricky. I'm wondering if it is possible or wise to start on a pump while I am in my honeymoon phase. Any one done this?
We recently moved so I have to start all over again with an Internal medicine doc. I am not a pushy person, but I really am going to push to see an Endo. I had the best experience with them and they seem to understand LADA. My old internal medicine doc was clueless.
thanks, in my rational brain I can say that I will get used to the tubing and it will be ok, I have twin nephews who are 11 that wear animas pumps and I look at them and think "if those 2 little boys can wear pumps and run, jump, play baseball, go to sleepovers, etc certainly I, as a 37 year old woman can deal with the tubing" but alas maybe age is a harder factor, I have been free of tubes much longer than they were so it may be my stubborn nature holding me back. I continue to research and explore my options and as of now am ok with injections, when I see my endo in August I have a laundry list of questions to ask her regarding all pumps, etc. so we shall see...I am currently reading Think Like a Pancreas (suggested by you fine people) hopefully that fills in some blanks for me! and I realize now the author practices and lives in Philly just like myself, I would love to meet him! thanks for the support...wow I have a lot to say today haha
Sounds like you are going about it in a well-thought out way, kimmiejo and not rushing into anything. As for age, I was 58 at diagnosis and 62 when I went on the pump. I don't believe that "old dogs and new tricks" stuff....unless it suits me to avoid something I don't want to do..lol
I was diagnosed nine months ago and my pancreas is still working hard to help me out, so we're in a similar situation. My question for you would be whether you like how the Lantus is working for you. I don't need basal yet, but when I do I'm pretty sure I'll be looking at a pump. I think I'd rather have the flexibility that covering basal with fast acting insulin provides. From what I've read on TuD, it seems it's easier to adjust for exercise and other activity if your pumping.
I am a LADA diabetic, and I have a pump. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I was on injections for a little over a year to finally control my blood sugar levels, after skyrocketing under oral medications. Insulin dramatically changed the picture, and the pump has meant excellent control. The pump still allows for variable doses of insulin, according to your needs at the moment. I strongly urge you to consider a pump.
I need VERY small amounts of insulin and my basal rate change quite frequently... I have been on a pump for 2 months and have no had a problem making these adjustments as needed. I LOVE the pump much better than MDI as far as blood glucose control is concerned... I haven't had a low bg in 2 months nor a super high one either! THere is soe training involved and being new onset you may need to work a little harder/ absorb a little bit more all at once- but if your up for the challenge, I feel like I have a much easier time on the pump.
My advice, as a LADA person too, is to go on insulin as soon as possible. And that, ultimately, means getting into an endocrinologist (which is kind of hard!). Primary Care physicians, as it has been my unfortunate experience, are absolutely CLUELESS when it comes to caring for people with Diabetes who don't fall into a stereotype (either a little kid with type 1 or a morbidly obese type 2).
What I've learned--from here AND my Endocrinologist--that low dose insulin therapy will help prolong the life of your beta cells. So, as opposed to allowing them to quit on you (and wind up in the hospital with DKA...that is sooooo not fun)and ultimately go on insulin anyway. Start with small doses and make your life that much easier.
I just started on Lantus this week and I feel wonderful. I feel like I did before I was diagnosed.