I talked with my friend Katie yesterday. Her six-year old daughter was diagnosed last year with T1 diabetes. Among other things, we talked about insulin pumps and she asked how I like mine. I love my insulin pump (it's a Medtronic MiniMed Revel Pump). But I didn’t always wear one, and in talking with Katie I remembered that it took me a while to warm up to the idea. I had to overcome some worries which felt big at the time.
These were my fears:
Pump Fear #1: Malfunctions
What if the software malfunctions and delivers too much insulin?
I looked into it and learned that multiple safety checks are built into pumps to prevent such malfunctions.
Pump Fear #2: Becoming a Cyborg
I'm not a big on accessorizing. Could I really have a battery-operated, external, plastic pancreas connected to my body 24/7?
I felt self-conscious for about a week. Now the pump is part of me.
Pump Fear #3: Having Cyborg Sex
This one I addressed with my (super awesome) endocrinologist:
So… even if I temporarily disconnect the pump, the plastic port remains attached to my body?
All the time?
When I swim?
When I bathe?
So. Um... the plastic port, it's still affixed to my side or thigh during sex?
Turns out it's no big deal. I’m aware that the port is there but it doesn’t bother me (or my husband for that matter). Total non-issue.
Pump Fear #4: Nighttime Low
What if I go too low during the night when I’m asleep and I never wake up?
OK, so this one's still a worry. But wearing a pump hasn't made it worse.