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The Beginning...Friday is D-Day.. Omni-Pod day.

Raging diabetic, new to the community..

Couple questions (sure more to come)
If I post a blog, does it automatically post to the groups I've joined?

Do I have to be friends with people to read/comment - or as long as I'm part of the groups that I'm interested in?

What's the friend aspect about? Similar to facebook?


Now on to what I'd really like to discuss
Friday is D-Day..Insulin Pump Day. I've chosen the Omni-Pod and am really glad I found this community because as many of you know, it's scary and a time filled with questions. Although I'm part of the diabetic "epidemic", there's not always people who can warn me about "occulusions" or "screamers".

By the way - those are my next two questions.. and to politely ask: WTF? Probably the two most concerning things I've came across so far.. "occulusions" and "screamers"..

My fiance is going with me Friday for the hook-up. I'm nervous and excited. Also can't help feel disappointed because I've always been told that pumps are for the fat kids that just can't get healthy and lose the weight. Which I'm sure isn't the case for most type 1's, but I'm a type 2, and although I was fed hope that if I could just lose the weight I could come off some of the meds.. I guess we can say, graduation to the pump is only 2 days away. Although commencement is being surrounded by uplifting messages of hope, ("the pump will change your life" - "imagine not having to take all those shots anymore") yeah yeah, I hear you, but at the same time, I just can't help but feel like I've failed, for the umpteenth time to lose weight and this is my punishment. or reward. Can't decide if it's good or bad really. Trying to put it into words is tough really.. like now there is no hope for me to lose that weight and get healthy. The Omni-Pod is now going to be part of my ongoing threesome with French fries. A love triangle gone comletely wrong. A constant reminder that my 3 month at a time commitments to diet and exercise are never going to work because I am now attached to the consequence, a constant reminder of falling off the wagon and into a medium container of Mcdonald's fries one too many times..The life long commitment to them seems to be stronger than any bond I've tried to make with diet and exercise..

Well enough about that failed relationship.. I am just hoping that Friday goes smoothly, and that my first experience with an "occulusion" or "screamer" doesn't send me running away from becoming a pumper. or podder. ha, don't know what I'll be really. But to wrap this up, I enjoy writing and I'd assume, the longer these posts become, the less people will want to read them. Thankful I've found a group of people who might get it.. Friday is D-Day.. wish me luck. Hope someone will find my need to talk useful.. or entertaining.. or both ;)

(and Damn.. I just hit "preview" and thought I deleted my whole first post... Hope to get the hang of this sooner than later. Ha.)

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Comment by smileandnod on May 9, 2012 at 8:28am

Good luck on Friday AnaB and congrats on taking a step towards better diabetes care! I just started with the OmniPod about 2 months ago after 25 years of injections (Type 1) and I love the pods.

Just to ease your concern a little, in the 2 months I've been podding I've never had an occlusion alarm or a screamer so don't think it's something that happens every day. I have had some sites that seemed not to absorb well but that's a problem with tubed pumps too and you'll eventually figure out which sites on your body work best and are most comfortable for you.

Going on a pump is the best thing I've done for myself and my diabetes care in 25 years. I have to say though that you cannot expect it to be a miracle fix. A pump is just a way to deliver the insulin. You still have to do the hard work of managing your diet, testing your bg, counting carbs, and matching carbs to insulin (making sure your I:C ratios are correct).

A pump is only a tool that is as good as the information you put in it. Garbage in = garbage out. But congrats too for coming to TuDiabetes because the people here will encourage, support and try to help you every step of the way! You can do it. :)

Comment by Lorraine on May 9, 2012 at 9:21am

Hi AnaB!

When you post a blog, it posts only to the blog section. To keep traffic running smoothly, TuD likes to minimize duplication of posts.

You do not have to be friends to read and comment.

Friend aspect is similar to Facebook but different. In Facebook you have to be friends to see each other's activity. Not on TuD (although there may be certain privacy options that a member can opt for that change that). You can send direct messages people you are friends with.

Good luck Podding. My son has been using OmniPod for over 5 years. As smileandnod stated, we have few errors. I think we read about occlusions and screamers bc that's when people are posting - when they need help. They do happen, but we don't find it to be an overwhelming issue. We can go for months with no issues.

I don't know that much about type 2 diabetes, but a friend of mine who lives with it has explained that it's progressive. That said, you are not a failure. You are successful because you are taking the steps you need to to stay healthy!

Comment by AnaB on May 9, 2012 at 9:34am

So would I be best to post in the blog section or the forum.. is there a difference? I kind of understand it like.. blogging as my diary and forum for just general questions regarding specific topics?

Comment by Lorraine on May 9, 2012 at 9:37am

I view it that way too. :)

Comment by AnaB on May 9, 2012 at 9:40am

okay, thanks. ;)

Comment by renka on May 9, 2012 at 7:08pm
Hi abab, the best way to get feedback is blogging. Best of luck to you and welcome to our happy little group!


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