Old Habits Die Hard
Rememeber how I switched from Minimed to Animas? Well, back when I first got a pump (March 2002), it was supposed to be the brand new Minimed, but it’s start date got pushed back. So I had the old school Minimed pump, and then when the new one was released, I got a free upgrade. (Forgive me, but I don’t remember names of the pumps). This upgrade was amazing because it was waterproof. Except that a few months later, that claim came back and notice was sent out that my pump was not waterproof. So most of the nine years of being a pump user have meant not having a waterproof pump, and now I’ve got the fancy schmancy Animas that is! Now, when I do laps or synchro, I still disconnect. But that’s because of going low. But summer time, and heat means floating in the pool! This is where not having a waterproof pump was irritating. Because it meant “I have to get out for a while so I can grab some insulin.” And sometimes getting it was hot! But this year, I don’t have to get out of the pool (or lake, or ocean). And it’s awesome! I just hang out in the pool with friends and family and not worry about if I’m going high, or how long I’ve been in or ANYTHING diabetes related.
Now, me, I’m jumping right in (so to speak). But for my mother, old habits die hard. Every time we’ve been together: “are you sure that’s waterproof?” “I don’t think you should trust that it’s waterproof.” “Having that in the water makes me nervous.” Mom, don’t worry, and relax. And let’s just enjoy the ability to cool off and float!