Day 5: I got an insulin pump when I was 13. It changed everything. Being able to push a few buttons instead of hiding in a corner to give myself a shot was huge for me. I’m on my third insulin pump at this point. An insulin pump is a small electronic device that looks very much like a pager, that you connect to your body to administer insulin. You put in settings so that you are consistently getting the amount of insulin you need throughout the day, that’s called a basal, as well as giving insulin with food, those are called boluses. The way you connect it to your body is through one injection every few days. The place on your body (arms, legs, abdomen, booty) where you inject it is called a site. The needle is lined with rubber tubing that sits under your skin after you’ve injected it and taken the needle out. You can keep it in for up to four or five days, then change the site. The reason you can’t just have one site for your pump is because your body would assimilate to the tubing and it wouldn’t work anymore. I love the damn thing, it’s extremely convenient and runs on one AAA battery. It’s also waterproof to certain extent, which was lucky for me…a few months after I got the pump, it fell into a toilet in the bathrooms by the auditorium at Central Middle School during a dress change for a chorus concert.
To quote Kerri Sparling, “…But it’s an external device! A thing hanging from a tube on my body. Was I ready for an external symptom of diabetes? Was I willing to give up true nudity in favor of cyborg badassery?” Ab-so-lutely.