Hi, I don’t know if you’re still checking this, but I thought I’d share a bit of my story. I was diagnosed T1D at age 2 1/2. I am now 55. There were no pumps, CGMs, or pen needles then, Just glass syringes with metal needles. I cried and fought my parents every day when they gave me my shot (it was only 1 a day back then). So, I can see where a pump/CGM would seem like a better choice. However, I also remember my mother getting an “Auto-injector” for me to try to make the shots easier to take. I was terrified of the thing (still am in fact!).
When pumps first came on the market I had friends who tried them. They had a lot of problems with malfunctions. I decided I’d never let my body be run by a machine because machines break.
I finally gave in and tried a pump 4 years ago. I also tried a CGM at the time, but that particular CGM did not work for me. It kept giving me false lows. About a year later I tried a different CGM which works a lot better. Anyway, to this day, I don’t trust either one. I still check my BG at least 6 times a day with my meter, and I still find discrepancies. So, my warning, if you will, is that no treatment is perfect.
I get the feeling from what I’ve read here that you feel your daughter’s BG would be better regulated on a pump. I think that is a misconception. At her age, her activity level is probably high, her hormones are changing, and her emotions are probably all over the place. Her BGs are going to be hard to control. For me, making adjustments were easier on the shots than they have been on the pump. I’m going through the “change” and am having a much harder time getting regulated on my pump than I did when I went through puberty on shots. So, i would advise you listen to your daughter and what she wants. Remember, she has to live with whatever decision is made. You’re just there to help her on this path. If she’s willing to try a pump, fine,but let her decide.
As others have advised, listen to her concerns. There are several choices for how to treat her disease. Don’t focus on only one. Help her look at her choices and let her choose what she is most comfortable with. For me, I finally gave in to my family and doctor and went on a pump. Am I happy with that choice? I’m still deciding. I never minded the shots. People think they’re horrible, but I never did. I actually prefer them. I’m still in my “honeymoon” with the pump and CGM though, so maybe I’ll change my mind eventually. Or, maybe I’ll go back to shots. Time will tell!