Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Happy Pump Day!

Happy Pump Day to me! Happy Pump Day to me! Happy Pump Day to meeeeeeeeeeeee! Happy Pump Day to me!!!! And many moooooorrrrrrree.

Okay, today is officially one year on the pump! Exactly 365 days ago I was getting used to this strange machine that was attached to me. A lifeline that feed me my lifesaving insulin, 24 hours per day. And a machine that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world.

The past year has been one of the best of my diabetic life. I have had my rough days. There are still ups and downs. Lows and highs. Days that you just want to cry your eyes out and curse this horrible disease. But in the past 12 months I have kept up a wonderful A1C that is getting better all the time. My health over all has improved and I have lost around 20 pounds. All the wonderful things that have taken place in the past 12 months has taken my mindset about diabetes and my outlook on life and totally turned it around.

I told a co-worker today that a person would have to take my insulin pump off my dead body, because I sure wasn't giving it up of my own accord. I know that the pump doesn't work for everyone. I understand that not all diabetics like the pump and there have even been some to try it and go back to MDIs. But I can promise you, short of something horrible and drastic making the pump financially impossible, I wouldn't give it up for anything.

This little machine that was the idea of Dr John Pickup has drastically changed the lives of many diabetics. And has drastically improved my life. If I could go back, I would have gotten an insulin pump years ago. But no worries, just taking what I have now and using it to the best of its ability (and mine) will help me for the rest of my diabetic life.
I don't say for the rest of my life because I still hold out hope for a cure. Insulin is NOT a cure, only a treatment. I believe that someone will stumble across a cure. Someone will have a idea sparked in their scientific mind and will be able to take this disease away from the millions of people that it effects. But until that day, I will be grateful for this machine that has turned my life around.
So happy pump day!

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