I have always been fascinated with the new technology that has come along since Kaitlyn was diagnosed in 1992. When she was first diagnosed, we heard all about this ‘new thing’ coming that was right on the door step for everyday commercial use. It would dispense insulin in small doses and using an actual needle would only be needed if this device broke. It was called an insulin pump.
There was nothing like it.
I remember when the insulin pump was the size of an astronaut’s backpack…never did we actually believe it would become a device used in everyday management. Some used phraseology like ‘the closest thing to a natural delivery system’ of insulin…closest thing to a cure…..nothing will ever be like it ever again.
But is that the case?
I do not have diabetes. And I surely cannot speak for anyone who does. But I found myself asking a question recently that if you asked me 7 years ago, probably would have had a different answer. So here is the question.
Let’s say you only have a choice of one piece of machinery. Insurance only covers one, you can only afford one, your child WILL NOT wear two and will ONLY wear one; whatever the reason…..which one do you choose…….an insulin pump, or a CGM?
Now you probably can only answer this question if you have ever actually used both. But we have. And if I had to choose one over the other……my child is wearing a CGM and we are utilizing shot therapy. To know, virtually, at almost every/any given minute your blood sugar number and more importantly, how you are trending?????? must be an incredible feeling.
Of course using both is probably ideal. But I do not have two pieces of machinery on me; or a piece of machinery and a transmitter, so I cannot answer how any of this feels but what I do know is that insulin is the correction of a problem whereas the CGM is sort of the lighthouse in the harbor warning what is coming.
But what do I know? So I ask you? You have a choice……only one…..CGM? Insulin Pump?……which one and why?
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