Preteen still wearing insulin pump?

Melissa - posted on 08/10/2015 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Just curious to see how many of your children, who are 12-15 years old are wearing an insulin pump. My husband thinks our daughter, TD1 for 9 years may be "too grown" for it. What do other's think???
Thank you!
Melissa

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/11/2015

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Well, the insulin pump is just one method of management. Would your daughter be more comfortable wearing the pump, or administering her own insulin? THAT is the important question, not whether or not her father thinks that she's 'grown out of it'.

Make sure that it is ok to remove the pump for short periods, such as gymnastics, cheerleading or sports participation, and let HER move forward with the management method that SHE is most comfortable with. After all, it is her condition to manage, for the rest of her life.

There are a few people that I know that, had they had the option of a pump, may still be alive today, as their deaths were due to mismanagement of their diabetic condition. I don't want to scare you, but this is a big deal, and the method used should be the one that the patient (in this case, your daughter) is most comfortable with.

Melissa - posted on 08/10/2015

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Yes my daughter does tumble, lift and jump and I know it gets in the way with all of that movement.... We just check her at breaks when we can....it's tough when u have certain one piece uniforms to wear and the pump wear doesn't work.

Sarah - posted on 08/10/2015

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I do thing there are times when it is appropriate to remove the pump. If she is tumbling or lifting or being thrown, it may be a safety issue. The girl on the volleyball team has to inform the official before each game. and she can conceal her pump under her spandex shorts and jersey.

Melissa - posted on 08/10/2015

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Hi Sarah thank you for your reply. My husband is the one who said maybe she's out growing it and I thought to myself you're kidding right? So, considering the source which is my husband I pretty much just overlooked that statement that I thought to myself let me see what others think. I'm assuming he is thinking since she's been wearing it since she was 3 that maybe it's time for a change for her to do shots. I'm going to make him well aware of the fact there are many adults wearing them. My daughter is a middle school cheerleader and a competition cheerleader and I can't get her to wear her insulin pump at either of those times. I'm hoping one day soon she will just Vok with wearing it during those times.

Sarah - posted on 08/10/2015

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I know many adults who wear insulin pumps. What gave you or your spouse the idea that they were only for kids? My daughter plays on a national volleyball team and one of her teammates (16 yo) wears her pump even during games. Would you rather she have to inject herself with insulin?

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