I like gadgets. I run with a Garmin GPS watch (I run with the Forerunner 305 because I like the large display screen). I like spending time in electronics shops looking at new products and computers (which drives Jessica up the wall). I have IPods, an Iphone and am resisting the urge to purchase IPad. But the one gadget I can’t bring myself to want is the insulin pump.
My A1C levels are usually between 6.8 and 7.2. I know they could be better. From all I’ve read and been told by doctors and fellow diabetics, my blood sugar levels would be much better if I used an insulin pump. They would also be better if I paid more attention to what I eat and how much insulin I inject. (I pay so much attention to diet, it’s hard to believe that I could pay more attention… but I could.)
There are many reasons why I haven’t made the technological leap. I worry about running with it attached to me and about the annoyance of carrying the pump around. I’m also uncertain what effect it will have on my training and how long the adjustment period will be. I know it’s doable. There are athletes on the pump. US Olympic Skier Kris Freeman uses an OmniPod, but on the other hand Chicago Bears quarterback, Jay Cutler relies on injections.
There are other reasons I chose not-to-pump, some of which are quite ridiculous. But the real underlying reason is that I’m vain. I just don’t want something attached to my body at all times, reminding me I’m not the strong healthy guy I want to be. I know I’m not, but this way I can still look in the mirror without seeing it (of course the occasional bruising gives it away).
I may just need some more convincing, or maybe I’m just not ready yet.