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.


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


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


 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