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The Insulin Pump That Takes A Licking And Keeps On…?

If there’s one thing that takes a consistent beating as a result of diabetes (other than my internal organs, of course), it would be this little guy:

The wear and tear on this sucker is tremendous.

My insulin pump.  This is a part of my diabetes management plan 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Very rarely do I take “pump vacations,” so for the most part, I’m connected at all times.  On an average day, the pump endures sleeping in the bed with me, the baby’s wake-up routine (which includes her grabbing the pump site, regardless of where it is located), playing all day, working, cleaning the house and my body, conference calls and email blitzes, the gym, routine awkwardness, et cetera ad nauseum.

Which means that this expensive, life-changing little gadget gets battered around on a regular basis.  Apparently, these things are built to be durable (to a certain extent), as I only cracked my Minimed pump once, and I haven’t injured this one irreparably yet.  (Despite the months of clumsy, pre-eclampsia pregnancy hands during which I dropped everything I touched.  I was like Gravity Midas.) But recently, I scuffed into the door jamb, and was left with this new, giant white scuff on the screen.

So today’s project is replacing the lens film.  Because these war wounds aren’t the prettiest.

What’s the worst you’ve done to your diabetes device?  Have you ever almost dropped it in the toilet?  Sent it flying when you made the bed (or am I the only one who has done that)?  Launched it accidentally into a plate of food you were eating (not me, either :: whistles ::)?  I’m not the only one beating the crap out of this thing, am I??

*This blog post was originally published at Six Until Me.*


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One Response to “The Insulin Pump That Takes A Licking And Keeps On…?”

  1. bhip says:

    Hope you’ll be better soon.

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