Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Why Not Pump?
The other day I asked my friend how her brother was handling his diabetes. He was diagnosed with Type 1 about two years ago. She mentioned he was doing fine and how he didn't talk about it much, and I asked my usual follow up of "is he on the pump yet"? She very politely said no and asked me why some people choose not to use a pump if it has all the freedoms and benefits that I talk about. And it hit me. Is that a sensitive question? Should I not be so nosey about it? And why the heck do some people choose not to pump?
I remembered a guest post by Brittany in the early days of my blog. She wrote an awesome piece about giving shots rather than using a pump. To her using shots gave her more freedom. She often thought about her pump and even got anxiety about her pump and all that came with it. I can say there are definitely somethings I agree with. I would love to not have to always carry a bulky piece of machinery with me or not have strangers think it's a pager. There are definitely pros and cons to both.
I kept thinking about it. I love my pump and tell everyone under the moon that they need to have one, without even considering what that looks like to someone else. Financially, the pump sucks, the pump itself is not cheap, and though I can make the argument that's its worth it, I can't help but feel insensitive to people who can barely afford their diabetes supplies. Maybe I shouldn't always be promoting my pump, or maybe I need to think about the people I am talking to and ask them their thoughts on it before my sales person comes out.
Because the comment keeps wracking my brain, I'm curious what others have to say about choosing to use a pump or not use a pump. I want to know the benefits of both sides and the arguments for both sides from other people. I never realized through my almost 10 years of diabetes the pressure of choosing how to treat your disease and I want to learn.