It’s hard to believe that I’ve been diabetic for over 10 years now and an insulin pumper for almost 3 years now. I picked up my Medtronic Minimed Paradigm 715 pump in March of 2005. I have the purple one. The girls helped me pick it out.

 Why an insulin pump? Well, as a type 1 diabetic my pancreas makes no insulin, and thus, if I didn’t introduce insulin artificially I would be dead. Period. Until 1922 and later, becoming diabetic was a death sentence.  In fact, diabetes has been recorded as far back as 1500 BC by the Egyptions who describe a wasting desease that matches the symptoms of Diabetes. This means that only in the last 80 years of a recorded 3500+ year cycle has Diabetes become a livable desease.

Back to my using a pump. I was attempting to tightly control my diabetes so that I wouldn’t have any serious issues for as long as I could put it off. As such I was taking up to 8 shots a day. Even at that level of shots my best A1c test was 7.2, or just above the goal set by the Diabetes Association. They want your A1c test to be at 7% or less. After the first 3 months on the pump my A1c’s have never been above 7 again. I average between 6.5% and 6.8% consistently for the last 3 years.

One of the down sides of daily shots is the inflexability of the system. With the pump I have a lot more flexability in my life. Here is a chart showing my daily insulin intake for the last couple of months. As you can see, it varies wildly depending on my physical activity, health, food intake, etc.

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Here is my pump with the new Aqua skin on it.

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 And if anyone ever wonders what’s in the black thing hanging from my belt, well, it’s my Meter, Sugar Tablets, etc.

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 As a whole, the system works pretty well. There is a ton of room for improvement, but, for only being a livable disease for the last 80 years, it’s pretty managable.

 Here’s a link to the new Skins you can purchase for your insulin pump. They’re kinda neat.

Minimed Skins

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