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This month, our focus is on giving thanks, or at least, thinking about the good things in life. Being able to plan and eat a Thanksgiving dinner and still maintain blood glucose control is an obvious topic.
If you are an insulin pumper, there are many things for which to be thankful for. A few of which include:
Pump options. There are at least six manufacturers of insulin pumps. You can choose the product that best matches your lifestyle and preferences.
Infusion set options. You have choices of tubing length, needle or soft-tubing insertion, perpendicular or angled insertion, insertion site disconnecting or non-disconnecting tubing. A new pump, the Omnipod, has no tubing at all.
Bells and whistles. With an insulin pump, you can have bolus calculators, insulin on board data, and reminders to test blood glucose levels or change your injection site or insulin reservoir. There are also multiple basal rate programs. None of these features were available 15 years ago.
Research and development. Investigation studies and focus group feedback have helped manufacturers develop improved products to meet your needs.
Medical professionals. More physicians are prescribing pumps. Have you thanked the medical team guiding you toward better health? Who provided or directed you to the education you needed for successful self-management?
Feeling better, living longer. Insulin pumps allow for more precise insulin dosing for a holiday dinner.
Giving Thanks Where Thanks Is Due
Would you give up your pump? Are you satisfied with your choice of using insulin pump therapy? Have you thanked the person who helped you make that choice or who taught you to manage diabetes with your pump?
What’s the best way to say “Thank you”?
Do you have insulin pump supplies to donate?
Check with your local pump support group, diabetes center, or Insulin-Pumpers.org. Someone might even tell you, Thank you!
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