Pam shares her thoughts on using the diabetic pump.
It was a lot easier once we got him on the pump. He was one of the youngest kids in the state of Utah at the time to get that pump. I think he was 3 and a half, 4 at the time that he got the pump, and for us, because of our lifestyle - I have three boys - we are constantly running, and so the fact that we had to rely on, we give him a shot first thing in the morning and then we’d have to have lunch at exact time because his insulin was going to peak at a certain time, didn’t work for us.
So for us, the technology has come a long way as far as the pump is actually very easy to use as long as you have a nurse. We had a nurse that actually trained us and helped us understand the purpose of the pump. You just have to ask a lot of questions, but the pump is very useful. It gives us more flexibility and freedom of being able to have the lifestyle that everybody has now. I can’t imagine that there’s anybody that doesn’t have five things going on all of the time. So for us, it gave us the flexibility, because when he was 2, he'd come to me and said, “Mom, can I have a snack?” And I said, "How bad do you really want the snack because you have the choice of having a snack, but you have to have a shot, or you can hold off until it’s time for you to have your snack with your normal insulin regime." That’s a hard choice to have to give a 2-year-old.
So for us, the pump gives us that flexibility, and he has trained along the way, and the nurse at school is even a little bit familiar with the workings of the pump now because of the time that we have spent.
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