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Pump Vibes Required

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Howdy folks

As some may know, I have tried to wrangle with my Endocrinologist here in Torrevieja, about moving over to #TeamPump.  If you didn’t, you do now.

I have an appointment with the Pump Clinic in Alicante this coming Thursday, where after a few years I finally have the chance to come face to face with someone that may be in a position to decide whether I get to pump or not!

I only found out about the appointment this morning leaving me with a day or so to perhaps try prepare for the visit.  I must admit that I feel extremely nervous and possibly overwhelmed by it all as I have pushed and kept pushing to get an appointment.

I’ve tried to play down the pump thing since the consultant agreed to get me the referral and to be honest I had expected to be waiting a while so to receive it so soon is great new.

But!  Ah, ha there is always a but!

Some questions I have thrown at myself lately include;  Am I suitable for a pump?  Will my lifestyle meet their criteria?  Do I have the right mindset?  Am I responsible and/or knowledgeable  enough to take my diabetes care to the next level?

I’m not sure what questions the clinic will ask precisely but would be shocked if they did not touch on subjects from above.

Bad Habit or Good Habit?


Other things that I have thought about include;  How I bring my partner in to this?  Is she ready to support me.  It may sound silly, but I’ve never really had any kind of support network in place, partly due to age of diagnosis as I was 20, single and away from home. Partly due to perhaps my lack of openness upon being diagnosed, sure I talked about it with friends, family and colleagues but never did I have at any stage anyone that I felt I could talk too.

Fortunately things are better now, I now personally know other people who happen to have diabetes, heck I even know some of these droid/pumper people!!

For some reason I happen to have placed an enormous amount of pressure on me to do well on Thursday, like I am representing myself at court.  Everyone there to judge you, your lifestyle, your habits (well the bad one’s eh) and possibly your competence.

I’m also aware of the pressure placed upon our clinicians to offer a certain level/quality of care whilst ensuring that budgets are not demolished.  As with many other countries, Spanish healthcare reforms play a massive part of the so called “austerity measures” that have been ratified and as such I see that as the major hurdle I now face.



I have a ton of questions that I would like to ask and hopefully I will have a real reason to ask them soon.  One question that I would like to ask those of you who have successfully made the transition from MDI to Pump is about how you approached the topic with wife’s, partner’s, mistresses, close family and friends?

Really though, I’m looking for any advice that you feel may be helpful?

Oh, one last thing!  I am asking everyone to send some “Pump Approval” Vibes to this Hospital!  Maybe we can get them to feel some DOC love!

Until next time



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11 Responses to Pump Vibes Required

  1. Mike (everydayupsanddowns) January 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    Great news Mike 🙂

    In your shoes I only think you need to get around the following: Why do *you* want to move to a pump? What does it offer that you cannot get/do/achieve on MDI.

    It will help you to know the criteria under which funding is granted (easy to find in the UK, so guess it must be for spain too) so that you know what they need to hear.

    They will obv want to know that you have thought through attachment, carb counting, extra BG testing etc and are happy to put the work in the early days that are part and parcel of making it work.

    As for sharing it with family/partner. Just be open and honest I guess. Can’t imagine you’d get anything other than wholehearted support, and they are bound to have lots of questions that may help you think through your own reasoning.

    Hope it goes well. Keep us posted.

    • Mike January 17, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words and support Mike. Appreciated as always! 🙂

    • Lesley January 17, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

      Wise words. Know why *you* want a pump, its a good start.

      It could also be good to show them how engaged you are with your diabetes – put all your results into an impressive graph, show them where you have spotted and treated trends, show them what problems you are having that the pump can solve (such as dawn phenomenon).

      Finally, start with the assumption that they want the best care for you – that’ll help yu relax a bit and be a good springboard for dealing with any other attitude they might have.

      Hope this helps!

      • Mike January 18, 2012 at 9:02 am #

        Thanks for stopping by Lesley. Looks like a day for deep thinking.. 🙂

  2. Pearlsa January 17, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Loads of pump vibes being sent right now and will continue till you get your pump 🙂

    • Mike January 17, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

      Thank you Pearlsa.. All *Vibes* welcome! 🙂

  3. Dave January 17, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    Good post Mike.

    Although we all think we’re unique it’s surprising how many go through exactly the same at similar times.

    I too had wifey and friend concerns. Firstly Mrs S appreciated that the pump has a much better chance at reducing complications so as a long-term investment it’s priceless. Yes, we’re still overcoming it’s presence in the erm ‘evening’ but we’re getting there.

    Friends and strangers reaction is much simpler. Like you my D was always mine and was managed quietly without any fuss Blokes like gadgets and this is one of the coolest gadgets in the world. For the first time people are asking me questions out if interest and maybe that’s because there’s no visible needle, I think it’s easy to downplay other peoples ability to accept change and also how interested they can genuinely be in us.

    As always your number one driver must be your preference. Everyone else, including Mrs Gringo, will follow.

    Good luck on Thursday.


    • Mike January 17, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

      Thanks Dave, appreciate your kind words.. 🙂

  4. Alison January 18, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    I agree with Mike and Lesley on the approach to take at the meeting.

    Re relationships, we took a similar view as Dave re the pump – a healthy wife is so much more attractive than a dead one. I took the husband with me to my pump training too – it helped him feel more involved and it meant I didn’t have to remember everything myself.

    Good luck!

    • Mike January 18, 2012 at 11:45 am #

      Hi Alison, thank you! Partner thing, sounds like a plan. Mrs Gringo (thanks Dave) will accompany me anyway, to help with linguistics aspect of the visit! 🙂


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