Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
June 29, 2003
Question from Wayne City, Illinois, USA:
How do you determine when your child is "ready" for an insulin pump?
This varies by age. In general, a school age child is ready for a pump when they want to be on a pump and are mature enough to do some basic troubleshooting and to make sure they get their doses of insulin (even if someone else has to help with telling them how much to give). The parent or caretaker needs to know how to do carb/insulin ratios and corrective doses. An adolescent should want the pump for its increased lifestyle flexibility (rather than just “no more shots”) and be able to do carbohydrate/insulin ratios and corrective doses on their own (in my estimation).