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My name is Sharon, I am 41 and have had type 1 diabetes for 7 years. I am married with 2 children aged 12 and 9. Big shock being diagnosed as no family history, nor did I have gestational diabetes and was otherwise fit and well! Just gone on to animas insulin pump 2 weeks ago, not off to a great start and was wondering how others have fared with pumps? Does it get any easier to navigate and how about having to wear the thing 24/7? I have had it fall out, rip out (line and all!) and 2 lots of un- explained high BGL's so far!!
Hello Sharon and Welcome to the Forum :)

I have had type 1 diabetes for 8+ years and it is a bit overwhelming at first. Sometimes it gets to be too much even now - it seems we all go through stages where the pump is too much or the ups and downs are too much etc.

Do you have a pump trainer that was provided to you by the Animas company? That person should be able to help you with the problems you've mentioned. I can tell you what I did and maybe others on the forum will be along shortly.

Yes, it does get easier to navigate. For you I'm sure it is made more challenging by the fact that you have two young children. If there is a day when the children are in school, maybe you could sit down with the pump manual and read a few pages. I was gobsmacked when I first got the pump and I thought "I will never be able to do this". But here it is a year later and I am doing ok.

As far as the pump falling out, where do you wear it? Being female I wear mine in my bra the majority of the time. I also place the pump inside of a baby sock to protect it from perspiration whilst in the bra. When I insert the infusion set, I place a few pieces of tape - one across the set itself (depending on which set you use) and another piece of tape about 2 inches away from the set. This helps to keep the tubing in place so that it isn't jerked out accidentally.

Is your doctor or Endocrinologist working with you to establish good basal rates? This step is absolutely essential - sort of like building a house. If you don't have a good foundation you have nothing substantial. There is a book that I found helpful called "Pumping Insulin" by John Walsh. I bought mine on Amazon.com. It explains so many things about pumping insulin and can answer questions that may come up.

Don't know if I have helped you or not, but please don't give up yet. It does get easier and I think you can do it. Let us know how you get on.
 

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G-day Sharon,

Yes, when I first read the book "Pumping Insulin" I was overwhelmed and I put it aside. However, now that I have a pump myself, I decided to give it a go again. He explains everything quite well, and one thing I learned from reading was to tape the infusion set and the tubing to your body. It is a pain to do this maybe, but well worth the effort. It also takes time for us to remember that "hey - there is this life saving machine that I have to be aware of 24/7 attached to me at all times except when taking a shower or other activities.

I do understand about being far away from the Endo or the Animas pump trainer. Since I have a Medtronic pump I only know of their tech support help line. Does Animas have a telly number you can call if you have questions? Maybe you should look into that as it wouldn't involve driving, especially when you have young children at home.

Sometimes a small snack between meals is necessary to keep our levels more even. I agree it can be a nuisance to be telling the pump what every morsel we eat so it can figure out the proper insulin dose. But in my opinion it is way better than doing an insulin injection every time you eat.

You have had a bit of a shock - being just diagnosed and trying to get used to the idea. There are many people on this forum who've had Diabetes longer than I have and are doing very well. I'm telling you this so you won't become utterly discouraged. Stay strong mate. And come back and visit with us here. We will try and help answer questions. We aren't doctors or health professionals, just people that are struggling with many of the same problems you do. :)
 
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