Hi everyone, I was diagnosed in 7th grade about 7 years ago. I started out with multiple daily injections before deciding to go on a Minimed pump. I stayed on the pump for a few years but I finally decided that I just didn't like it. I have since been on multiple daily injections and as much as I hate it sometimes, I can't really imagine being on any sort of pumping device again.
I just couldn't stand always being attached to an electronic medical device. It felt more like life support than something that was supposed to make my life "more convenient". In the end, the infusion sets, insertion sites, low batteries and problems with tubing and canulas just amounted to even more daily hassle than I felt it was worth. Diabetes is on my mind practically all the time, except for a few precious moments a day. With the pump, I felt like I literally could not escape the reminder that my life is not what I want it to be.
One of the things that bothered me the most is that, to this day, I feel like the pump is almost sexist in that it is so much easier for a guy to wear than a girl. Girl's clothes just aren't made with the same bagginess and deep pockets that make pumping less complicated. I had a lot of other issues wearing the pump besides interference with my wardrobe, but I feel like I should at least still be able to wear whatever I want- I don't want diabetes to take that part of my life away just like everything else.
Is there anyone else out there who has been there and done that with the pump, and decided it just wasn't right for them? So many other T1s are such staunch supporters of pumping- I've even been given dirty looks for explaining that I hated wearing one. I am just wondering if all of you agree that insulin pumps are everything they're stacked up to be.