This past week I was in the "Angel Wing for Children with Diabetes". Overall, I don't like diabetes - I don't like it as a disease or as a nutrition professional who has to teach diabetes self management. Either way you look at it, it's a hard thing to deal with. Because I don't like diabetes, I often feel uncomfortable giving education on the topic, especially when it comes to the medications and especially when it comes to using a pump to deliver the medication.
When I voiced this concern to my preceptor, she said, "Well, why don't we show you some pumps?" This lead to, "Why don't we hook you up to a pump?" So...that's what we did!
So after 24 hours of having the pump, counting CHOs and dosing my insulin I even more thoroughly disliked diabetes. It really is a lot of work!!!! But it was a great experience for me to have and I feel like it will really help me relate to my future patients!
So here's the aftermath of taking the pump out - which took me about as long to muster up the courage to yank it out as it did to push it in!