Thanks for all your input. This is purely a survey for my own curiosity, wondering if the pump may help me control my sugars... I really think I am a brittle diabetic, and need to see an internist. From this survey it seems the pump seemed to make a HUGE difference in controlling sugars, regardless of what type of work or shifts. I just came from my Diabetic nurse (whose opinion and experience I value highly, although it seems advice seems more broad, or based from books, than on actually real life of Diabetics. She said her experience didn't show any difference, if you had good control before, you would with the pump too. She also stated that, in Canada anyways, to be eligible for funding for the pump, you must follow certain guidelines, and keep good log records consistently,(logging is my downfall)...so maybe it is just because you have no choice but to log and moniter properly that makes the difference. She states the pump isn't much different than, taking multiple injections, just a tool for those whose stick to the regime as they should, so I willl check out the next Pump seminar and try to log more often....it is just hard with my schedule...just have to do it regardles.
You are so young. Go for the pump. You can live a lot longer with one.
A pump may have only minor (or no) advantages over MDI if you have relatively flat basals but if your basals aren't relatively flat the ability to change basal rates is a very big advantage.
1. Are you able to keep your sugar levels between 5 and 10.....add 7 if you are consistently between 5 and 7.
My normal A1C is 5.1 to 5.6. My daily averages are about 90-100, depending on the day
2. Do you use a pump?
YES! But I didn't always. Will be D for 50 years in December, so the pump is new in those terms. I also use a CGM as I have very (read too) tight control.
3. What do you do for a living.......add F for fulltime and P for parttime.
I am in the finance industry and ma now a manager of a training department. Have bee a trainer for 16 years, It is not lawn work, but standing in front of a crowd and teaching makes me work hard to stay level.
4. Are you unemployed.
I have been. I stayed home to nuture a child for ten years, but that is my only "off" time.