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  1. Scott E
    Scott E July 4, 2012 at 7:02 am | | Reply

    There is such a paradox when it comes to insulin pumps, whether they are truly liberating or more burdensome. Since starting on mine six years ago, I’ve never stopped, so I probably can’t give an honest answer (though changing infusion set types and using new sites was freeing in itself!). One thing though that we do, perhaps incorrectly (and I’m guilty of it myself) is call the tubing a “tether”. To me, a tether is something that restricts movement. It’s a leash that keeps a dog from running away, or a chain that holds patio furniture down in the wake of a storm. An insulin pump is none of those things. If anything, the tubing keeps my pump tethered to ME! (Which is why I’m afraid to try an Omnipod and lose a PDM). But there is something to be said for taking a break from technology and going back to a simpler time — sometimes I look back to my life in the 80s and 90s when my diabetes didn’t command as much attention as it does now – it never beeped at me and was not “present” between mealtimes. But maybe it’s not that it didn’t need attention, maybe I just didn’t give it the attention it needed.

  2. Dan
    Dan July 4, 2012 at 10:42 am | | Reply

    Your comments are right on! However, the greater challenges come they they fail or stop working. What is the backup plan and how fast can one receive a working replacement….blood glucose meter, an insulin pump, a CGM and any combination from the list. Yes companies have 24/7 phone lines for help. However, when can we expect to receive a replacement. Traveling away from home can get really messy.
    Yes, they can all work for a majority of time and am thankful that we have them. This needs fixing. as always have a great day.

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