So I was on a pump for 4 years, and a month and a half ago I pulled the plug and disconnected... and never reconnected. I was having a ton of trouble with infusion sites failing and bleeding. I am SO much happier on Novolog and Lantus shots right now, for these reasons:
- Can do abs/legs/any kind of workout at the gym without site issues
- Going to the beach (which I do a lot at college) is a lot easier without a pump (sand in the site, disconnecting/reconnecting constantly)
- Going out at college is easier without finding a place to wear my pump
- No worries about sky-high blood sugars from failed sites; as long as I take all my shots, it is pretty tough to actually get too high b/c there's always Lantus to cover for me; on a pump, if a couple hours of basal are missed.... Uh oh.
- No guesswork. When the insulin goes in via injection, it's IN. It's not "maybe stuck in the cannula" or "maybe the cannula is bent" or "maybe there's blood in the cannula".
My question is, is anyone else currently on injections NOT just as a transition between diagnosis and a pump? In other words, has anyone been on injections and is happy with this method of control as a long-term idea?
As long as I can keep my a1c good (it is 7.0 as of last Friday) I see no reason why I shouldn't stick with injections.
Thoughts? Opinions? Suggestions?