‘Why do you use a pump?’ someone asked me the other day. I’ve been pumping for so long now that I’m not sure I can really answer that anymore. I use a pump because I have type 1 diabetes and I need insulin. I know that there are other ways to administer insulin, but at this stage of the game, I’m not even willing to contemplate them. Been there; done that. So I suppose the answer is I use a pump because I need insulin and this is the way I choose to administer it.
It got me thinking about the other tools I use for my diabetes management. I use a CGM because it gives me information about changes to my blood sugar and (frequently, but certainly not always) allows me to act before I end up really high or really low. It’s how I choose to try to keep myself in range.
And I use a BGL meter because I like the ability to know my real-time blood sugar. I also use it as a way to confirm what my CGM is telling me. I check my BGL a certain number of times a day – a number that changes and a number upon which I decide – because that number of times gives me a good snapshot into what’s going on. I choose to check with this regularity because it gives me the information I need.
Together, these things work for me and for my diabetes. Would these things work for you? Maybe. But I’m not the person to say. I’m not you and I don’t know your life and I don’t know what you expect from your diabetes management devices and tools. I’m pretty clear about my expectations – I want things that are as simple to use as possible; give me the information I need when I want it and allow me to react in as-close-to-real-time as possible so as to prevent high and/or low blood sugars.
There is no one size fits all when it comes to diabetes and anyone who has any idea of life with this condition knows that. We don’t need people telling us what the best thing to do is because that ‘best thing’ may, quite possibly, be the ‘worst thing’ for you.
Also what works today may certainly not be right tomorrow. There will be times in our lives that we need more from our diabetes tools. There will be times that we want to keep an especially close eye on what’s going on and other times that we can take a small step back and just get the basic information. There will be times in our life that we really can’t deal with any more than simple, uncomplicated, straightforward data because we are too overwhelmed or just plain over it.
Working out what’s right for you may take time and effort. There could be trial and error and starting on one thing and finding it’s terrific or deciding it’s not right and ending up exactly where you started. And that’s okay. Take the time; think about what you want and what you need; see how you can go about getting it. And then choose. Choose what’s right for you.