....I know, the decision lies with me and I will be the one to make it. But any advice or experiences are good to hear.

I am a T1 and have been using injections since I was diagnosed 11 years ago. My last A1C (last week) was 6.6. My highest since I started treatment was 7. I have always felt that I was fine with taking 2 shots a day, and to be honest it doesn't bother me. Then I saw the invite for the free trial pod from OmniPod and it got me thinking...

My biggest beef with Diabetes is the lows. I get them minimum 2 times a week, sometimes at night. I woke up with a 32 the other night, that is rather scary. I am a runner (I do half-marathons) and sometimes I do end a run on a low note. I guess I am wondering how much a pump would really help me with that. Perhaps a CGM would be more helpful at this point.

I also wonder if I hold off on the pump, is the technology going to finally get approved where we have a pump with a CGM built in? Then for sure I know that I would be on board.

I keep going back and forth on this issue....

Thanks in advance!!

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Update...today I have an appt. with an Endo...going to go with the OmniPod and see if the doc will push thru a request for the Dex CGM, may as well ask for everything! I really doubt if my insurance will be willing to help with the CGM...but there is only one way to find out.
Hi Sandy. Like you I was diagnosed very young. A week before my 8th birthday I found out that I had diabetes. I treated my diabetes really well with shots for 27 years because I couldn't wear a pump with tubing and just like you I didn't have a problem taking shots. When I started using the pens it was even easier. When I found out about the tubeless OmniPod I ordered the demo and wore it for 3 days to see if it would bother me. I liked it but didn't think that it would be that much of a change from my regular routine. 6 weeks ago I started the OmniPod and I LOVE it!!! I really does make things easier since I don't have to worry about forgetting whether I'd taken my lantus which I had done many times. The PDM keeps track of everything. I'm not worried about the technology changing because I can always upgrade my PDM if a newer one comes out and when the pods finally do become 40% smaller like I've been hearing for many many months I was told that I will start receiving those instead of the bigger ones automatically. It does take a little while to get used to but that is the case with everything that is new. I think you'll love it just as much as I do.

I'm also going to ask my endo about starting the dexcom when I see her. I can't wait!
Thanks for the input Jared...I know it will be a big change to go on the pump, but your words are very encouraging. Change can be very positive!!
I went onto a pump after 40 years of MDI. I had perfected my dart practise on my body prior to giving the pump a whirl (a friend of mine on a pump kept on saying it was the best thing since sliced bread - yeah - abit more expensive then a loaf of good bread tho'). Doing the poor man's pump prior to the pump - really helped me understand how to use the pump properly - or so I thought. I was actually giving too much slow acting insulin on MDI (had broken it down to 2 shots a day). I found with due to not knowing how to use my insulin properly - that I was having lows when I didn't want them. Being active is frustrating when you are a wet rag - not able to lift your legs - let alone - brain function.

Since going on the pump - rarely have lows - can alter the basal rate (e.g. like Lantus / Levemir) at a tweak of a few buttons. You can even set different rates for what your activity is - tho' I have yet to do that.

I'm lucky that with having the pump - it's helped me understand how to use insulin more to my advantage than the other way around. Took a pump break for 6 months- and did well on MDI (no lows like before) - but went back onto pump after a bad day sailing - where I had difficulties accessing pen needle, etc. - so pumping for me in that aspect - is a good thing.

If you can give a pump a try like I did without forking out dollars - do it - it doesn't hurt. I tried out a few brands available to us here in Canada (you live in the USA - you have more then we do - along with CGM's).

Good luck in whatever you decide on!!!




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