The doctor calmed my fear of needles
I had always had a fear of needles. That was my main problem at the time. The doctors gave me an insulin pen right away. It worked out really well. The doctor managed to calm my fears, which was really important for me.
My diabetes has changed over time and I now have high blood sugar levels in the early hours of the morning. To manage this problem better, I followed my doctors’ advice and switched to using an insulin pump. My blood sugar levels are now well controlled with the insulin from the pump. The good thing about the pump is that it can be very finely tuned according to your needs. It releases a steady supply of insulin throughout the day, almost like in people who don’t have diabetes. Depending on what I eat, I sometimes pump more insulin. It allows me to be completely flexible.
First of all I was trained in how to use the pump. It took me two days just to figure out the pump device itself, without even looking at how to adjust the insulin delivery. I always want to know how a device and its technology work. A pump has to be reliable – that is an absolute must.
My pump has a clip. I usually clip it to my shirt under my arm. But there are other options. With the right pump accessories you can wear it almost anywhere on your body. I personally find it most comfortable under my arm. Life is really easy with this pump. It tells you everything, like if the battery is empty or the insulin is running out. It warns you if no more insulin is being pumped. I can take the pump off when I take a shower or go in the sauna. It’s not a problem at all, and it makes life easier. It’s very easy to forget to use insulin pens sometimes. Being able to fine-tune my therapy is especially important to me. That’s why I feel an insulin pump is the best option for me. Although, having said that, I used a pen for years and that was great too.
I do get a bit nervous when my pump warns me that the battery is low. Experience has shown me that I then have about 24 hours to change them. Then I change the batteries. I always carry batteries on me. Every night before going to sleep I also check how much insulin is still in the pump.