Where to put my Insulin Pump – Where do you wear yours?
I’m having a challenging morning, its change sensor day and also change site and replace insulin day, and each operation prompted by an alarm.
I don’t think people without type 1 diabetes realise the daily decisions that we make. Other than the usual daily decisions about dosing, and carb counting, we also have to decide where to put the insulin pump, taking into account what we are going to wear.
Took off the old sensor, alarm goes off to say the sensor is lost and yes I speak to my pump “no it’s not lost it’s in the f- ing fire” yes I was getting a bit pissed off with it.
Today I’m having a relaxed day so its leggings and a t-shirt. Here’s my problem, if I put it on the band of my leggings I’m going to spend all day pulling them up as gravity, helped by a little bit of extra weight spends all day pulling them down.
That’s when I decided to hang / clip it to the centre of my bra. I had the new sensor all in place and nicely bedded in, the insulin pump had connected to it and the warm up period had started. I then clipped it to my bra and went about my business.
Another alarm……… “Lost sensor signal” so I tell my pump it’s not lost it’s on my bloody arm, followed by taking action to reconnect it without any joy.
Wouldn’t you think the manufacturers would enable these things so Bluetooth could go around instead of trying to go through a boob, and believe me I’m no Dolly Parton.
Finally I’m connected now, my pump is on my waistband and I think the best thing I can do now is just start my day over again, and maybe speak a little kinder to my pump, after all it is working hard to keep me alive.
Note to self: practice patience and gratitude
For those who think diabetes is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle let me clarify a couple of things.
I have type 1 diabetes. It’s an autoimmune disease. Nothing I did, or didn’t do caused it and nothing I do will cure it. There’s is currently no cure for Type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes happens because our own antibodies attack and destroy an organ in the body. it’s an autoimmune response where antibodies that normally fight disease mistake a part of our body
(the pancreas in this case) as foreign and attack to destroy it.
When those antibodies attack the insulin-producing islets in the pancreas we stop producing insulin so we need to inject or pump it.
Without insulin a person with type 1 diabetes would die. At present it is not known what causes this to happen, and there is no cure.
A person with Type 1 diabetes MUST inject or pump insulin to stay alive.
There are many factors that contribute to a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes so pre judgment of a lifestyle choice is unfair at very least.
A person with Type 2 diabetes, while still producing their own insulin for various reasons their body cannot use it correctly or efficiently.
These people are generally treated with oral medications and sometimes with insulin injections.