Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I just got back from the best doctor's appointment ever. It was a meeting with an insulin pump specialist so she could teach me the ins and outs of using an insulin pump. I didn't actually get connected to it today, but on the 26th I will officially be a pumper.

For those non-diabetics, this is how the pump works... The actual pump is the square thing closest to the bottom. This holds all my information. It has everything from my insulin ratios to the time and date. Then, see the tube thing there? Well, the thing connected to it on the right is what holds the insulin. It goes straight into the pump. Then, the circle thing to the left....Well, that kinda goes into ME. It has a needle connected to it that inserts into my arm, stomach, or leg. I know, it sounds grody. But believe me, it'll be so much better than shots. And finally, the thing at the very top is what checks my blood sugar. It automatically tells my pump my blood sugar so that I don't have to type it in. Pretty much, in a nutshell, an insulin pump is a mechanical pancreas outside of the body.

I've been waiting to get on one of these since I was diagnosed. And FINALLY it's happening. The doctor's appointment was just about the basics of an insulin pump. It was all stuff I already knew, honestly, since I've had that dang pump for about a month now. She seemed so surprised that I'd played with it as much as I had. Really? Who wouldn't play with it? It's like a new toy! I know for non-diabetics this pump thing looks ridiculously confusing and weird.... but it's pretty dang exciting to me(:

1 comment:

  1. I am so excited for you! I know how much you have been wanting this...hello! We have been praying for MONTHS for your pancreas to die! Most people don't pray for that. I can't wait for you to get it in, so that you don't have to worry about it as much !:)