Thankful to Be Pumping Insulin

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This month, our focus is on givingthanks, or at least, thinking about thegood things in life. Being able to plan andeat a Thanksgiving dinner and still maintainblood glucose control is an obvious topic.

If you are an insulin pumper, there are manythings for which to be thankful for. A few ofwhich include:

Pump options. There are at least sixmanufacturers of insulin pumps. You canchoose the product that best matches yourlifestyle and preferences.

Infusion set options. You have choices of tubing length, needle or soft-tubinginsertion, perpendicular or angled insertion,insertion site disconnecting or non-disconnecting tubing. A new pump, the Omnipod, has no tubing at all.

Bells and whistles. With an insulin pump, you can have bolus calculators, insulin on board data, and reminders to test bloodglucose levels or change your injection siteor insulin reservoir. There are also multiplebasal rate programs. None of these featureswere available 15 years ago.

Research and development. Investigation studies and focus group feedback havehelped manufacturers develop improvedproducts to meet your needs.

Medical professionals. More physicians are prescribing pumps. Have you thanked the medical team guiding you toward betterhealth? Who provided or directed you tothe education you needed for successfulself-management?

Support groups. Two major Internet support groups are Insulin-Pumpers.organd DiabetesPortal.com.Both sites offer a wealth of information and an opportunity to discuss topics with experts.

Feeling better, living longer. Insulin pumps allow for more precise insulin dosing for a holiday dinner.

Giving Thanks Where Thanks Is Due

Would you give up your pump? Are yousatisfied with your choice of using insulinpump therapy? Have you thanked theperson who helped you make that choiceor who taught you to manage diabetes withyour pump?

What’s the best way to say“Thank you”?

  • Just say it
  • Send a card or write a letter
  • Send flowers or a gift certificate
  • Take someone to dinner
  • Send a monetary contribution to a diabetes organization, a local pump support group, your local diabetes center, or to Insulin-Pumpers.org
  • Teach someone about insulin pump use

Do you have insulin pump supplies todonate?

Check with your local pump support group,diabetes center, or Insulin-Pumpers.org.Someone might even tell you, Thank you!

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