Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Guest Post: Pump It Up

So this week, I'm volunteering for Vacation Bible School at my church!  Woohoo!  Super-fun, but means I have no life for the week.  Luckily, I have some amazing guest posts lined up for all of you!

Today's post comes from my Twitter friend Dustin.  He recently started on an insulin pump, and had some thoughts to share.  Follow Dustin on Twitter, and check out his blog, DeeJay's 'Betes!

When I was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes six years ago, I never thought about the technology side of diabetes. I thought I would have to do nothing but injections for the rest of my life. The first five years before finding the Diabetic Online Community was reckless, and I didn't take care of myself the way I should have. I'm very surprised I don't have any complications from going DKA and having a high blood sugar on such a regular basis.

Once I came across the Diabetes Online Community, and saw people tweeting about insulin pumps and pods and how they help them with diabetes I listened, and did research. I didn't ask my doctor if I could get an insulin pump, I told her I WANTED an insulin pump and showed her how inspired I was to take on the challenge of doing it. I talked about the DOC so much to the doctors at Joslin Diabetes Center that they wrote in my file "has a support group on twitter called the Diabetes Online Community", and they think it's very important to have such amazing people to talk to, which is very true.

I've been on a saline trial for the Minimed Revel for the past week, and this week I start on insulin to do basal testing. All I can say at this point is that if it was not for the Diabetes Online Community I would have never thought about, or be inspired enough, to use an insulin pump. I would have just continued feeling miserable and not taking care of myself. So thank you DOC for inspiring me, and thank you for helping me improve my health. It means the world to me that you all exist. :)

Thanks, Dustin!  The DOC is so amazing and inspiring!  Thanks for being a part of it!


  1. Very sweet post Dustin. I too have been watching and listening about all the technology and D. I am still on injections, but hope to get a snazzy pump and CGM, etc. Glad you are feeling the DOC love!!! It truly changes your life!!! :)

  2. Great post, Dustin! I'm so glad the DOC could give you the confidence, support, whatever you needed to take a step you might not have otherwise taken. You are awesome!