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Ashley Teacher, Mother, Wife

Ashley's Wisdom

Teacher, Mother, Wife

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"My A1C has gone down significantly since being on a pump."

What are the trade-offs of using a meter and a pump? 
It's inconvenient to have something on my body, but it gives me more freedom than injections.

How do you use your data?
The data allows me to see trends in my blood sugar and helps me make adjustments to insulin intake.

How do you respond to people when they comment on your devices?
It used to make me embarrassed when I was younger, but it doesn't bother me now. I'll answer their questions if they have them.

How do you make the devices comfortable on your body?
I have certain locations that I have found to be comfortable. I typically use my stomach or lower back for injection sites. I found those spots through trial and error.

What helps you trust your devices?
Through experience, I have become able to feel when my blood sugar is too high or too low, and that allows me to know when the technology may not be working. Even though my pump has malfunctioned before, it is worth having because my blood sugar is more in control when I use it.

What would you tell someone considering this same combo? 
It gives you more freedom and consistency with your blood sugar. My A1C has gone down significantly since being on a pump.

What challenges do you have and how have you overcome them? 
I have a small bag that I put in my work bag or in my purse when I leave the house that has insulin and an infusion set in it- just in case something happens while I'm out of the house.

 


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