I know, I know, it's been a while. So sue me. I'm not the leading blogger in terms of hits on this site, so why should I care, right? Ha! Bad attitude! I've been really busy recently especially with planning a diabetes fundraiser on October 1! More to come on that later.
Anyway, I've gone back to shots. For probably the next few days. I actually forgot how hard it is to do all the calculations in your head when it comes to counting and carbing and all that jazz. So you can imagine how I feel when I see my blood sugar is in the 300s. Eek!
So what are the pros and cons of taking shots or being on the pump as a person with Type 1 diabetes and insulin dependent? I suppose more and more people with Type 2 are jumping on the insulin bandwagon, but they shouldn't have to! I have to be a critical thinker here and with high blood sugars, it's hard for me. One of my major symptoms of high blood sugar is a killer headache.
Instead of freaking out, I have to take some action. Trust me, I've had to train myself repeatedly with this. So I have to ask myself what can be done in the present moment in time.
What do I know how to do? Check my blood sugar. I have to check more frequently when I'm taking shots. There isn't a problem with that. Checking blood sugar levels, as I've preached from the pulpit numerous times, is your insight into your body. Yes, it is true. Let me repeat this story about what my very cool, very inspiring endocrinologist told me:
If you have a 1000 piece puzzle and you only pull out three pieces, how are you supposed to know what the whole picture is going to look like?
This is when all clarity emerged in regards to checking my blood sugar. Angels sang from heaven. I understood. See, every finger prick is a puzzle piece. The more I check, the more I can see what the picture actually looks like.
Now, the number one win that the pump has over shots is that, the little machine does all the calculations for you. It's thrilling and amazing. Talk about killer control. Your sugar goes up, you bring it back down with the push of a button. Awesome! But, you have to keep the site clean. Very clean. There are a few people who are prone to infections and cannot use the pump because of this very fact. My mom's co-worker had this problem and went back to shots.
One plus when it comes to shots? You shoot up and you're done until the next meal. Ok, that sounds bad, but it's true. You don't have to worry about tubing or dropping the machine or it being ripped out of your side. Trust me, the feeling is awkward. There's no beeping when you're in the shower to remind you that you have it out and best of all, there's no puncture wounds! You wouldn't understand if you have never had anything in you like this little "cannula" for three days at a time. When you pull it out, you can see the little holes left in your side or wherever it was injected. It's kind of gross, especially when you still have the glue from the pad that was stuck to you that you have to scrub off in the shower.
But with shots, none of that! On the downside, with shots you always have to make sure you have clean needles and that no one accidentally finds one and thinks you're using heroine or something more drastic that the drug you're on. That happened to me once and I had to go into the whole spiel of what it's like to have diabetes. Oh the horror!
Which one wins? It depends on how you feel about it. I find that I can go back and forth, especially when I feel like a pump will inhibit thefashionistain me. I'm not kidding. If I'm going to be wearing something that doesn't allow me to hide my pump, I go back to using shots.
It's a way of life, this figuring out what to do and when. But once you figure it out, you're good. Critical thinking comes in real handy.