Monday, October 22, 2007

Day 8 - Plastic Pancreas



Today my mom and I went to our pump training session at my endocrinologist's office. If you had asked me even a year ago if I would consider an insulin pump, the answer would have been NO! Over the past few months I have realized that the pump would be the only true way for me to mimic what a normal pancreas should do. A pump is not the right therapy for everyone. An insulin pump is not a cure, it is only another delivery method. I will wear the pump for 4 days with saline, to get used to this new method. Then start on insulin this Friday. In the meantime I will still be taking multiple daily injections. I do not need this device because I have a "bad case of diabetes". I hope that I do not have to be on a pump for 11 years like I was on multiple daily injections. I hope a cure comes sooner. But until there is a cure this is what I will do.

There is no cure for Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes.

Yet.

From Penny & Bernard, go write Ellen a letter suggesting she feature something about November being Diabetes Awareness Month and November 14th being World Diabetes Day on her show!
I can't write her because I am not 18, but I will ask my mom to do it for me!

5 comments:

Christine-Megan said...

Is 2.3/hr going to be what your rate is when you start insulin?

Christine-Megan said...

In response to your comment- nothing wrong with that! I think teenagers are notorious for requiring more insulin anyways. Good luck with your "real" pump start, and I've been enjoying your pictures.

Jillian said...

Christine-Megan - Thanks for both comments! I totally agree that teenagers have different insulin requirements. Thanks for the luck, and I am glad you enjoy my pictures!

Colleen said...

I'm looking forward to reading about your experiences with your new pump. You have a great positive attitude that is going to take you wherever you want in your life.

Shannon said...

Jillian, you're awesome. Good luck with the pump start. Brendon has his new green pump too. We just have to get around to programming it. And it's nice because we get to keep the old one as a spare (which is working just fine) because the warranty is expired.

Anyway, I hope you love the pump as much as we do.