So today I figured I would show you what kinda keeps me alive in a way. The top right and left pictures are of my omnipod insulin pump. It stays on me for 3 days at a time, can hold 200 units of insulin, and is water proof and wireless. After the 3 days you dispose of it. I swap sides on my lower back, and it allows me to never have to take shots!
The omnipod does however shoot a small needle called a canula into me when it attaches onto me. It has a small tube around it as well. Once the needle punctures me, the tube stays in, and the needle retracts back into the pod. It doesn’t hurt too much, and it’s way better than taking shots.
When I took shots using insulin pends, I would go hide in a bathroom and try and find a spot where I could grab skin, which was next to impossible with my skinny dumb body. Now, I just tell my pdm what to give me, and someone might just think it’s a funny looking cellphone. I went from taking 5-7 shots a day (depending on my diet) and now I get punctured by my omnipod 1 time every 3 days. So I went from 15 times every 3 days feeling pain, to 1 time every 3 days.
For me, the omipod has improved my life ten fold as a type 1 diabetic.
The bottom right image is my insulin. Just your standard Humalog insulin, and I have 6 vials there. Depending on insurance this can cost an arm and a leg. I paid about…$220 out of my own pocket for all 6 vials. That shoul (keyword being should) last me about 90 days.
Fun fact: Type 1 diabetics CAN EAT ANYTHING they want. Nothing is out of our grasps as long as we have insulin. Of course avoiding surgary foods is ok, but in no way shape or form should be not eat it at all. We need carbohydrates, and even more so than someone without diabetes. Instead of being RUDE and saying to someone “can you eat this/that?” you really should say “do you want some of this/that?” because the answer is always going to be yes to the former. We can eat anything if we have insulin. You’re only making yourself look ignorant if you think we can’t.