Beginning the Insulin Pump

by Leighann on November 2, 2009

Conservatively, my daughter has had:

  • 2,156 finger pokes,
  • 1,617 injections by pen needle, and
  • 539 injections by syringe

since her diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes in May of 2008.

It ends here.

Well, not completely. That’s wishful thinking.

Having an insulin pump does not mean that there will be no more injections. She may need insulin by syringe in case a pod fails or if her blood sugar is very high.

And insulin pumps are not without pokes. But rather than four times a day, she will change her pod once every three days. One poke during insertion is better than the twelve injections it replaces.

In the moment she says she wants to go back to injections. But I know this isn’t true. She’s just a little nervous still with each pod change.

And she is still getting her finger poked 8 to 10 times each day as we figure out the correct basal rates and corrections. At some point we will (hopefully) return to four finger checks a day.

In this video, she gets her last injection by pen needle. We were at the Burger King in Vandalia as we drove to St. Louis for our appointment with the pump trainer. And she is at her first meal telling what it feels like to get insulin through her pump.

Interestingly, this exact Denny’s is where we had dinner on the road the night she was discharged from the hospital after being diagnosed.

Q* began using the OmniPod insulin pump to help manage her diabetes in October of 2009, about 18 months after her diagnosis.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jaimie November 2, 2009 at 8:26 pm

she's so adorable!


2 Melanie November 2, 2009 at 8:43 pm

She is too cute! Love the video & how you put it all in perspective. I hope the pump works wonderfully well for her and the adjustment period is short!


3 Tracy S November 3, 2009 at 7:22 am

yah for the pump!! 🙂 All the best!


4 thisiscaleb November 3, 2009 at 7:25 am

"It feels like nothing!" – that made me smile. These kids go through so much, it's great to celebrate these accomplishments that make it a little easier. Thanks for sharing!


5 Sarah Jane November 3, 2009 at 9:23 am

Yeah!! I started my pump this week too!! Well, on saline anyway. I'll have my "last" pen needle shots next week – I'm soooo excited!!!!


6 Nan November 3, 2009 at 12:13 pm

awesome awareness video, Leighann!! way to go Q!!


7 Cheryl November 5, 2009 at 6:49 am

Awesome!! The Pod is the best. It's just one step towards making our kids, kids again. 🙂


8 Midwest Mom November 5, 2009 at 9:12 am

I can't wait to find out how this goes for her and for you, moving forward.

Thanks for sharing your experience, Leighann. You have the capacity to help so many families going through the same thing.

– Julia

(btw, I gave you an award today over at Midwest Moms. I hope my readers come by to read your writing. Thanks, as always, for doing such a great job!)


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