A constant game of catchup.
As an adult diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 29, I feel like I’m behind.
The majority of people I know with t1d have been living with it since they were children or teens. Pros.
Is it second nature to them? Do they remember life before this?
I’m still utterly confused and overwhelmed.
Example: Before I go to a d-related event, I often hop online and go through the same routine.
…the list goes on. You’d think by now I’d have it down pat. The fact of the matter is my brain has been super fried since diagnosis. Information doesn’t stick well and I get a deer-in-the-headlights look and feeling.
My new t1d friends have shown me nothing short of complete understanding, yet I still have a need to sound like I know what they’re talking about (or at the very least, sound a little less like an idiot).
Is this what it’s like to be diagnosed so late in life? As an independent, fully self-sufficient person maybe there’s this pressure inside myself to “know it all” since I have the resources and mind to.
I don’t though. Not even close.
Meet the pumps & cgm’s
Choosing to pump is a big decision, as is what pump you’ll use. To make the process less daunting, I’m slowly trying to familiarize myself with the technology.
I got around to meeting with Omnipod and Animas last year to get a feel for their products. See my blog post on that here.
This time around, I contacted all four, adding Accu-Chek and Metronic to the list.
Sheldon Smith from Metronic came over to my house yesterday and I tried on my VERY FIRST infusion set.
On me right now is the Metronic Silhouette infusion set (I did manual insertion) as well as the Quick Set on the other side of my abdomen. Both were far less painful than I had imagined.
Luckily I had ballet class last night, the perfect place to start testing out these bad boys. All that bending, twisting and jumping. Here’s my Instagram post.
I’m going to beat up all these demos and give them a taste of my active lifestyle.
Trying to appreciating the process,