Today marks week three in our Life with Diabetes series.
Today, we introduce to you, Ondrea!
I have been living with Type 1 Diabetes for over 19 years. For the first 15 years living with diabetes, I took several daily injections. Four years ago, I was up to 4+ finger pokes (still am) and 7-8 injections per day. Injections and finger pokes combined seemed to be consuming my life. I made a conscious decision to switch to an insulin pump instead of continuing multiple injections a day. Since I started insulin pump therapy, my A1C has been in the 5's and 6's (which is really good!!).
Just because my A1C (one of many numbers that matter to diabetics) has been really good since I went on the pump, DOES NOT mean the pump is a cure. The pump simply allows a diabetic to be in tighter control if they choose to do so (by micromanaging food, activity, blood sugar, etc.).
The pump is similar to an IV. It is always hooked up to me (dripping insulin every 2 minutes) and although it's not as big as an IV, there is always a small box with tubing that's connected to me. This machine is amazing! I have the freedom to eat as I'd like (mostly), but don't be fooled, the box does NOT do the thinking for me. In order to be in as tight of control as I am, I have to be constantly aware of what my blood sugar is, how many carbohydrates I've consumed and the timing of when the carbs need to be tackled by insulin.
My day consists of doing math. Throughout my 10 years of being diabetic, I've become an expert in the field of carb counting. Although I consider myself an expert, there are several factors that weigh in and can make my educated guess, wrong; which can make for a very long day. I refuse to let that stop me. It is days like that, that drive me to push forward in the fight for a cure. I make the choice every single day to control my diabetes and not let it control me.
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