Since I’ve started sharing my journey to acquire, complete training on, and ultimately manage my diabetes with an insulin pump, I’ve been receiving all kinds of feedback across various social mediums. Thank you for that. One interesting comment that keeps popping up is a sense of surprise at my patience through all of the hoops and hurdles I’ve encountered along the way. A number of people have added that they didn’t have to wait nearly as long as I am to start pumping insulin, be it immediate training, or skipping training altogether. If possible, I’d like to take an informal poll here, to round out this particular branch in this discussion.
If you’ve ever worn, or are currently wearing an insulin pump: When did you start wearing your first insulin pump? How long did you (have to) wait after you received your first insulin pump before you started on insulin? Did you meet with a CDE before hand? Did you jump in without formal training? What additional resources, if any, did you consult in your first weeks?
Given the resources available at the education center and medical offices I’m part of, waiting is my most prudent path forward. Yes, it’s excruciating waiting this long, especially with my insulin just sitting in my fridge. And yes, I am about to marry a current t:slim user and could get all the “training” I need from her. But this is my decision to make. I feel it’s safer to work within the system so there’s a formal record of the process taken to start pumping insulin. On the remote chance that something goes wrong, or I end up in some kind of emergency, I need my medical team to have the most up-to-date information at their disposal. Waiting to start insulin on their terms is the smart thing to do.
But enough about me, if you have a moment, I would appreciate your feedback. I’d love to get a sense of the variety of approaches you all have taken to get to where you are with your diabetes management.