Moving to the pump – by Holly Rose
It’s a little bit strange at first, always looking and being able to see this random white box constantly on your side but it’s a part of the pump. I decided that I would pick the Omni Pod, as I didn’t really like the idea of walking around with the wired ones. I felt like this one would be a lot more suited to me and it definitely is a lot more compact.
I always imagined that once I put the pump on, it would be really easy to spot in my clothes, but how wrong I was. Obviously there is certain things that I could wear that you may be able to spot it however, only really if I pointed it out. Most of the time, I have to tell people where I have put it just so that they know where to look. At the minute, I have stuck to putting the pod around my stomach area as I feel like this is the best place for me. I have worn dresses to jeans, and all these clothes have been easy to wear with the pump. At times I will wear my tights and it will catch on the pump however, the pump is really secure so it never causes any problems.
This stage of going onto the pump is really important, so I have been working close with my doctors to see what the best ways is for me. I’d say the most important thing for me to do at this time, is to be constantly making sure that my bloods are all ok. My Mum and Dad have been testing my bloods throughout the night, and to be honest I don’t even notice when they do. Nothing wakes me up once I’m asleep! It’s good that we can see clearly what it happening throughout the day and night with my bloods, so that we know what to do with my bolus and basal rates. Basal, is just insulin that gets delivered constantly throughout the day to keep my bloods steady and bolus is what I give myself if I eat and I need extra insulin.
My bloods have been going quite low often lately (when my bloods go below four) and this has been a bit of a pain. At the moment, I constantly feel like I have to be eating sweets or drinking Lucozade. But I went to the hospital recently, and they have changed my insulin dosages around, so we will see how that goes.
The pump will beep throughout the day, and you can’t really miss it. It always seems to beep when the lessons quuiet. It will beep and I’ll be like “Did you hear that?” and everyone is like “I think it’s your pump” so everyone is well aware of it.
I went to a meeting with Jonathan from Alder Hey who helps me with the pump and some of the teachers from my school the other day, and it was good to see that the hospital will help in explaining what to do with my diabetes to the school. He basically just went over what they need to do if my bloods ever go too high or too low and I wouldn’t be able to treat it myself. Though to be honest, before Jonathan arrived, I didn’t mind speaking to the teachers and explaining as I love being able to hopefully explain diabetes to people.
I had PE in school the other day, and it does send my bloods quite low however, it is usually the day after that it affects it the most. Now this isn’t to do with the pump, as it would go low even before I was using the pump. However, the pump helps in controlling it a lot better as I can change the bolus and basal rate so that it’s lowered for when I am doing PE.
Now, I know some people wouldn’t like to go on the pump as they could think that it’s always there so it’s a constant reminder of your diabetes, and I really do understand that. For me, even though I write these blogs and don’t mind speaking to people about my diabetes, I still feel like when I go on holidays, I wouldn’t wear my pump then. This is only because I would feel really conscious about seeing a box on the side of you when you are wearing a bikini. It doesn’t bother me with people I know, but for people who don’t know me, I don’t know whether I would like to think they were looking to see what it was because I know it would happen as to be honest it’s probably the natural thing to do when there’s something different on a person. This probably sounds really stupid, and I know it is.
You never know, in a few months’ time I may feel completely different. However, the good thing about the pump is that you can switch back to your old regime if you want for while you are on holiday.
I really mean this, if anyone is thinking about switching over to a pump, I would really recommend it as I can see I big difference in my control in only this short amount of time. However, you have to be sure that this is the right thing for you as it’s going to be a new part of diabetes that you will have to get your head around. I hope this has given people more of an insight into the pump, and made people thinking about going onto the pump less scared about what they will be facing. Thanks for reading.