Her name was Donna, and she said that her son is on multiple daily injections rather than an insulin pump, because that is what works best for him, and doing something new would possibly compromise his quality of life. Good for you, Donna! You and your son are working with what's good for you, and I think that's the best way to do things.
She did say one thing, however, that I found a bit distressing. She said it is tough for them to admit within the DOC that they are on MDI, because they are "looked down on" and people treat them as though they "are not up to snuff".
I don't have any children of my own, but being a member of this online community since 2006, this is where I put my concerned-parent face on. My dear Diabetes Online Community, I am not speaking to any of you as individuals, because I don't know who the culprits are, but I swear we have been over this before. My friend Bennet Dunlap has a phrase for this: YDMV: Your Diabetes May Vary. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but if someone isn't looking for advice, if someone's treatment plan is working just fine for them, then leave them to it.
Straight up, no-bones-about-it, my insulin requirement is high. I am jealous when someone bemoans their huge 10 unit meal bolus. Part of the reason I chose the pump I'm using now (the Tandem t:slim) is because it will remind me to deliver the remainder of a bolus that is over the allowable maximum. I have had some clicking of tongues and shocked looks when I tell people my total daily dose, and I don't appreciate those any more than Donna appreciates judgement of her son's injections over pumping.
Look, DOC. I believe in kindness and understanding, and I like to believe in the best in people. I want to believe everyone is kind, flexible, and intelligent enough to know that what works for me may not even be remotely close to what works for you. Here's the thing--that is totally okay.
Remember, very few of us are medical professionals, and even so, most of our blogs are no substitute for medical advice you can get from your doctor, nurse, or diabetes educator.
So to Donna, you keep doing what you're doing. To everyone out there, keep doing what works for you. And to the naysayers out there, remember, we are not all the same. Be sensitive, especially if you're going around making assumptions. The DOC isn't all about sunshine and rainbows and unicorns, but we can all try our best to not make others feel so excluded that they don't want to speak their minds.
End concerned female senior member of the DOC rant.