Over the past couple of years, I've been through the whole assessment and education process to go on a pump....twice. I'm still not on one. I'm choosing not to at this time.
It really is an individual thing to decide. For me... 5'3", 112lbs, active, and in "as good control as possible" (they call me a "brittle" diabetic), and my best A1C being 7.9%....I've always been a candidate for one. I even got to try out a CGMS for 5 days, which gave me a really good idea of what being "attached" 24/7 feels like. Long story short... I couldn't imagine it for me. I've heard a lot more good than bad about
those who've switched, though. Many like the convenience of not having to carry around needles, pens & such. For me that's not an issue (I'm at home) and a pump doesn't mean you still don't have to carry around your meter, strips, & candy. When I do go out, I find carrying my insulin pen with me not that much of an extra deal. Others differ - I guess it depends on lifestyle.
I MIGHT get better control on a pump, because the insulin enters the system in a more gradual way than shots do but, there's no guarantee. I find if I watch my carb intake, keeping the insulin doses small, I can achieve better control. Pizza and chinese foods for example can have me testing and up & down for hours (haven't figured out the balance for those kind of meals).
I have to admit that the repercussions of something going wrong with a pump are a lot more involved than with injections. That worries me but others seem to deal with it no problem.
Not sure if anyone on here is on a pump?? I know I'm one of the few Type 1's here. At any rate, Jim, it'll come down to you. See if you can't get a loaner from your doc/hospital. They often allow that because it's such a commitment. Worth a try
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"
"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus