When I was first looking at the insulin pump, my biggest concern was how would it work on the water
. At the time, we lived in a waterfront house and thought our life was very water-oriented. Fast forward to the present day and now we are living on the boat, cruising 24/7 - our life has taken a quantum leap towards the water
In any event, the pumps have handled the exposure pretty well. I selected a brand that was initially described as "water-proof" with O-rings to secure the inside mechanism from water. I routinely wore it in the shower
and occassionally when I went snorkeling. Again, it worked well for me, but I came to realize that I could leave the pump off for a short duration I was in the water.
The use of the pump has changed my life almost as much as contracting diabetes did when I was 19.
I am no longer a slave to eating when the insulin "decides" to become active, no longer concerned about carrying needles or finding a discreet location to inject a dose (although when I used an insulin pen I just stuck the needle through my clothes so I wasn't worried about discreet locations), and I no longer have to stick a needle in my arm, leg, abdomen 3 - 8 times per day.
One of the biggest benefits has not been a direct one. My wife was constantly worried about how I was doing. She had a hard time sleeping through the night since she was concerned about an overnight episode of low blood sugar. At least once I woke up in the hospital emergency
room because my blood sugar had gone so low. Since I have been on the pump she has been able to resume a HER normal life.
There is a lot more, and it is still an effort to balance the delivery
of insulin to the intake of food
, mood changes, activity levels etc, but for me I live a much more "normal" life then I did using the multiple daily injection (MDI) method of insulin delivery
As usual, YMMV.