Does An Insulin Pump Make Me Lazy?

In a recent blog post, I expressed that my insulin pump has offered a greater level of convenience in giving my insulin doses. I lamented that I was often slack with carbohydrate counting, weighing my portions and delivering insulin in a timely manner when I was on injections. This led to a few comments from social media trolls that accused me of getting an insulin pump because I was lazy.

Of course, I could absolutely count carbohydrates, weigh portion sizes and pre-bolus insulin on injections. But there were a number of other factors that lead to my ultimate decision, which I wrote about hereI felt failed so often despite my best efforts, that I simply lacked the motivation to do those things that I should have.

So in hindsight, maybe ‘lazy’ was the wrong word to use. I only used it in the context of trying to be honest. However, an insulin pump is definitely not a lazy decision.

Attending an insulin pump information evening was not lazy. Doing my research was not lazy. Making an appointment to discuss pumping with my diabetes educator was not lazy. Going home and giving myself three months to think about the pros and cons of pumping was not lazy, despite how tempted I was to say yes. Being active and seeking out options that may improve my health is not lazy. Wanting to better manage my diabetes is absolutely not lazy.

The very first thing that Gwen drummed into my head is that an insulin pump is not any easier than injections. In hindsight, I would argue that it is much more work compared to injections. There’s a good reason why clinics like to make sure that their patients are deadly serious about it and prepared to make a commitment. Wearing an insulin pump is a big responsibility. Just read every post I’ve written here in the past three months.

I am very conscious that I’ve been writing a lot about insulin pumping here of late, but that’s simply because my insulin pump is a big part of my diabetes at the moment. I certainly don’t have an agenda to ‘push’ insulin pumps onto anyone. I don’t believe that one is any better than the other. I simply believe that different methods of insulin delivery may suit some better than others. There’s a big difference between giving advice, and sharing my experience in the hope that it might inspire you.

Insulin pumps and diabetes tech are often the hot topics among bloggers and diabetes websites, and it sometimes does leave injections looking under-represented. But then again, don’t we all feel we are in the minority in some context or another? I feel in the minority because I can’t play sport to save my life. I feel like I’m in the minority because I don’t work in an office. At work this morning, I’ll be in the minority because I’m the only person who watched Australian Survivor last night. And in the DOC, I feel in the minority because I don’t use a CGM. 

Truth be told, I couldn’t care less about being in the minority! I’m happy to go for a walk instead of a run. I’m happy that I’m employed, earning money and have goals that I’m working towards. I love Survivor. And I’m happy to prick my finger 15 times a day, because that’s what works for me.

It comes back to the point I made last week in this post about inclusiveness. If there’s a topic that speaks to you, then please do add your voice to the conversation. And if I’m reading it, I promise I’ll treat it with absolute respect.

Finally, an insulin pump does offer me the convenience of dosing insulin under the table, or when I’m on the go. Dealing with diabetes every day for the rest of my life is already hard enough, and I refuse to feel guilty for it.

4 thoughts on “Does An Insulin Pump Make Me Lazy?

  1. Great post!

    See…with me an insulin pump would be close to impossible because I react so negatively to rapid-acting insulin. And yes….maybe I am “lazy” too…I don’t count carbs…I kinda know when I have had enough. I know 3 jelly beans or 1 glucose tablet will have my BSL skyrocket by about 6-7…that is how sensitive my body is! When I eat potatoes…I ONLY eat the low-carb potatoes and yes they really have made a difference! I’m a carboholic…I have to have them so I have found some things that I tolerate and some I know will probably raise my BSL a bit but I don’t COUNT carbs per se! I know having 5 Jatz biscuits will probably raise my BSL by 2-3 but it will also come down again within 1 hr due to the Lantus long-acting insulin and the Jardiance pills.

    I don’t think ANYBODY goes into the decision of getting a pump easily…it is a HUGE decision.

    I injured my back at work 12 years ago…had spine surgery 10 years ago and ended up with a condition in my spine called Adhesive Arachnoiditis. Now… is incurable…progressive and insanely painful. I was offered an intrathecal (directly into the spinal column) morphine pump…I declined because in my eyes…that is my last option because there is no turning back after having that pump inserted into my spinal nerves.

    When it comes to my “newly” diagnosed diabetes (about 6 months even though I KNOW I have had it for longer)….I have chosen to do once a day Lantus long-acting insulin with NO rapid-acting insulin and 25mg Jardiance pill in the morning. My specialist and I are still trying to find the best combination for me but this one seems to Jobe working so far. I have a Freestyle Libre disc scanner in my arm to keep close eye on the ⬇️ I get which come on very fast but I test my finger prick about 4-5 times too every day due to the discrepancies with the Libre and trust my blood over the interstitial fluid ANY second of the day! I pay CLOSE attention to what my body tells me because I am also taking beta blockers which can mask a hypo if you are not careful!

    Would I get a pump….honestly I don’t think so…not R ght now anyway. As long as we can “control” my hyper/hypo episodes with injections and food…I don’t think it is necessary 🙂 BUT…I take my hat off to those who have the pump! It is a huge commitment and a lot of work counting carb..,eating properly to minimise hypos! 🙂

  2. Great post! I am still on one injection a day and as you know going up and down depending on my morning readings. I am open to pumping and the learning curve, I am open to staying on injections. For me its all about my state of mind. Learning to accept, accept accept.

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