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PUMP WARS? Kinda like CAR WARS... Silly if you ask me.

Since my son was diagnosed in 2009 I have been soooo blest w/ the friends I have made on line both here at TuDiabetes and on Twitter. I really don't think I could have made it though all of this as well with out the DOC but I do have one observation that I feel we all know about but don't want to admit that we do....
We all want to defend our ...or our kid's pump like if it was a car we loved.... or if the car (pump) doesn't do what we like it to we want to go and tell everyone about the "Lemon" and why they should stay away from it. I think this "competition" is only normal and human...but I don't feel it is helpful in most cases.
If a pump works great for you....and you are happy with it and want to share the things you do to make that pump work best for you with other on that same pump.... THIS IS USEFUL. However, in reverse... if you were on that pump and had trouble with it.. don't go on the site of that pump and start bad mouthing it if it didn't work for you. That information is NOT USEFUL and an only make people more discouraged. If you switch "sides"... and the fact that I use the word "sides".. shows how silly it all is.... than you need to go help that group of people and share with them. Don't keep coming over to the sites where you used to talk about your old pump and bad mouth it to people that are either loving it and it is working well or they are struggling and will make their own decisions on whether it works for them or not. If some one comes to you .. and says.. "I see you were on the _____ pump.. why did you switch.... then they are asking you for your experience. But if you hang out on the site of the other pump and just wait for someone to say something good or bad that you can chime in on that you are being a detriment to the cause.
I would not go on another pumps site and start bad mouthing it...I will not go on the sites that are for people who prefer MDI and bad mouth them.... it wouldn't help them with their care.... both physical or emotional.
So.. it is kind of like cars..... if you love your car.... GREAT I am happy for you... but if your type of car isn't right for me... I don't want to hear why I should or shouldn't like your car... and if my car brand ended up being a "LEMON" for you... so sorry..... but maybe it works just right for me. Be happy for me... ( in my son) I really only want to hear from people that can help make my son's experience better.... not tell me I made the wrong choice. If we decide later that it is the wrong choice...your telling us won't be the deciding factor.....his heath and well being will be. So.. please... keep some comments to yourself.

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Comment by Doris D on September 26, 2011 at 9:37am
Well said! THANK YOU!
Comment by Scott E on September 26, 2011 at 9:39am
I really don't think that anyone here is trying to brag about why their pump is better than someone else's - at least not in this (TuDiabetes) forum. I honestly believe that it's an effort to make people aware of a certain device's deficiencies (and they all have some) and to be able to address it before it becomes a detriment to health. Other times, people are still trying to make a decision on which pump to get and are looking for the pro's and con's of each from real users - rather then the glossy colorful brochures that the manufacturers distribute.

I'll admit that I've had a bit of buyer's remorse after making my most recent pump/CGM upgrade (I asked no questions and solicited no input beforehand), in part based on what I've learned on this site and part based on my own experiences, but I now consider myself better informed for the next time.
Comment by Catherine Jane Vancak on September 26, 2011 at 10:36am
I fully agree! Great post!


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