My child has Type 1 diabetes – patient story Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump

My child has Type 1 diabetes – patient story Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump

January 13, 2020 0 By Jose Scott


Guzman
In better control with his pump since 2010 My child has Type 1 diabetes It started for Guzman
when he was six years old, now he’s 10. We took him to the health care centre, and they quickly diagnosed diabetes. It was a big shock for us,
as parents, it changed a lot of things. You start to think about things you
hadn’t been aware of, you didn’t know and you don’t imagine
it to be like this. We started
with multiple daily injections. I remember at the start we would inject him with a syringe
and then with a pen. The first two years were complicated. At the hospital they told us
about the possibility of giving him an insulin pump, and I was very doubtful. My biggest worry
about the insulin pump was that he would be wearing a device
attached to his body all the time. And what if he gets punched,
or if it was pulled out at school and now
it’s the least of my worries because he forgets about it,
he forgets the pump. He moves around in his sleep a lot
and we haven’t had any problems, because it’s child-friendly He’s bumped into things,
he’s fallen… and it’s absolutely normal,
so no issues of any kind with that. It’s easier for us,
and for him as well, to monitor his blood glucose levels. The pump has given us
more peace of mind about the numbers
of blood glucose levels, because it does make
monitoring easier. As for results,
we’ve seen them improve: Improved results regarding
blood glucose levels, HbA1C… And we’re pleased, he forgets he’s wearing the pump and does all the things
any other child would do. What surprised me most
about the insulin pump is the freedom
and flexibility it gives us, not just him, but the whole family. In practice, he isn’t injecting
himself with a needle every day, now the only injection
is when we change the infusion set, which we do every three days. It makes things easier. All he does to give himself insulin
is simply press a little button, and you don’t have
to take the pen out, put the cap on, keep it with you,
carry the cooler bag around… It’s much easier, much simpler. Wearing the pump hasn’t stopped
him from performing any kind of sports, football in particular,
which he enjoys most. The truth is that the insulin pump
has made nights easier for us all. And the complexity or understanding
of how to use it hasn’t been a problem for any of us. I would tell a mother considering
the insulin pump for her child, that even though you’re very anxious
and have lots of questions, as a mother I’m very happy with it. What I always say when I’m talking
about the insulin pump is, Getting it was a blessing. NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION IN FRANCE
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