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Old 01-24-2012, 03:29   #1
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I was diagnosed T1 in Oct. 2011 at age 49. No family history of diabetes and I have always been a very healthy person. Needless to say, this was quite a shock to me! I'm adjusting fairly well. Finally getting the hang of incorporating exercise without having low BG. I thought this would be a good place to get some support and ideas. I am considering getting an insulin pump and would love to hear from others your opinion on this and how it works for you!

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I too was DX in October. I don't use a pump, I actually don't mind the injections but it's still new so who know how I will feel later on down the line.

There are a few limpets on here who will offer lots of advice and help and be able to answer your questions.

Good luck and let us know how things are going.

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Having a pump has given me much more flexibility in my life over taking 4/5 injections per day. A couple of the main benefits for me were rather than having to time my meals at regular intervals, I could eat a early or a late without worrying about getting too high or low--important when work sometimes gets in the way of my life . It's also much more discrete when I'm eating out because I can easily give myself a dose of insulin at the table rather than excusing myself to go to the bathroom to "shoot up" .

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Do you find you are less likely to have lows with the pump? I like the idea that it automatically adjusts for activity level and like you said, you can be less regimented about meals. That is definitely a challenge with work sometimes. What don't you like about the pump?

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I too was DX in October. I don't use a pump, I actually don't mind the injections but it's still new so who know how I will feel later on down the line.

There are a few limpets on here who will offer lots of advice and help and be able to answer your questions.

Good luck and let us know how things are going.
Thanks David . How are you adjusting to this big change in your life?

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Actually I think I'm doing pretty well. Dropped 20 lbs, brought my a1c down from 15+ in the hospital down to 6.2 right before Christmas.

My biggest problem is every once in a while I'll forget my insulin kit at work. Not too big an issue since I watch what I eat and only take Lantus.

How are you holding up?

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Better than I thought I would I think. But honestly it just forced me to do all the changes I was planning but just too lazy to execute.

How about you? Hopefully this place has helped some.

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Hello Jill, welcome aboard!! I was a T1 for 62 years before I started pumping in 2007. Now I have pumped for 4 years and wish I had started 20 years ago. I definitely have fewer highs and lows with my pump. The book "Pumping Insulin" by John Walsh is a big help when you are starting.

Here is the pumpers sub-forum found in the "Treatment" forum. It has many guides and discussions:

Insulin Pumps - The Diabetes Forum - Building a New Community to Serve Diabetics Online

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I have been Type 1 for 73 years. My A1c is 6.2. I pump with the MM 630, and I am using the Dexcom G5.
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Better than I thought I would I think. But honestly it just forced me to do all the changes I was planning but just too lazy to execute.

How about you? Hopefully this place has helped some.
I am doing much better now. BG was 520 when I was diagnosed! I agree with you that this diagnosis has given me the motivation I needed to do a better job of incorporating exercise into my life. I actually am trying to gain a little weight. I lost 7-10 pounds prior my diagnosis and need to gain about 5 back... I believe there are much worse medical problems I could have besides this, so I am thankful.

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Hi Richard
Thank you for the info I will check out that forum. I am glad to hear that the pump is working so well for you. It sounds so much easier than all the testing and injections every day. I meet with my diabetes nurse specialist tomorrow to discuss the pump. Wish me luck!

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