Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Because You Know I'm All About That Pump

Here's the bravest thing I've done as a Type 1 Diabetic.  I've written a little ditty about my pump to the tune of All About That Bass and recorded me singing it on my smart phone while playing the YouTube karaoke version on my computer.  You might expect more from a "professional" singer, but it's just not in a good key for me, so the singing's not my best. I guess I could have just posted the lyrics, but I think you need to hear how the words fit the music.  And it was fun!

I also wanted to make it clear that "it's all about that pump" for me in my own personal experience.  I'm not saying it's the best way for everyone.  Some T1's don't like the thought of something attached to them at all times.  I know a blogger who took a holiday from her pump and found she could get good control without it and hasn't gone back.  I have a friend whose father was diagnosed in the 1940's and is quite happy without having tried one.  He's got no complications despite being a T1 for 70 years.

A couple of definitions for the uninitiated:
Basal - a slow rate of insulin supply, in this case set up by the pump user.  The value changes throughout the day and night.
A1C - a test number found via a bloodtest that shows how well your blood glucose control has been over the past 3 months.

Here's the audio file, you can copy and paste into your web browser now that I've done such a great job selling it.  I've included the lyrics below in case the recording is muddy.
https://soundcloud.com/user-663547090/voice-022

All about that pump
Because you know I’m all about that pump,
‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump,

Yeah it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no type two
And so I pump it pump it, it’s what I like to do
‘Cause I want the A1C that all T1’s chase
I’m gonna set my basals at the right pace.
And when I’m counting carbs, you know I can’t be guessing
I know that shit ain’t real
It with my health I’m messing.
You got a scale or app, it’d be a crime
Not to calculate the carbs you eat ev-er-y time.

Yeah my momma she told me don’t sweat the occasional high,
Sometimes it ain’t workin’ no matter how hard that you try,
You can start with perfection and suddenly things are a mess,
Could be hormones, or new medication, an illness or stress.

Because you know I’m all about that pump,
‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump.

I’ve brought the 90’s back, that’s what the folks are thinkin’
They see my pump and ask, if that’s my pager blinkin’
Inside my head, I roll my eyes but say:
“This insulin pump saves my life every day.”

Yeah my momma she told me don’t sweat the occasional high,
Sometimes it ain’t workin’ no matter how hard that you try,
Do the best that you can and you’ll find that for most of the time,
Your glucose will be within range, and you’ll be feeling fine.

 Because you know I’m all about that pump,
‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump,



9 comments:

  1. You're all about that evil Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus,
    And the Goddam trouble you been havin' with your faulty pancreas.
    In there, you 'aint got one insulin-producing beta cell,
    And, for friggin' years, it's been givin' you hell.
    Yeah, you gotta test that glucose four times per day?
    You don't want no "hypo" and go fadin' away.
    Now, you know we's all beside you, every step of the way,
    So you be all about that insulin pump and enjoy your day.

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    1. Awesome Nick! So sorry I didn't see this sooner and respond. It's been a busy couple of days in the chilly north. It's a brilliant reply to my parody and I appreciate your creative talents very much. It's quite thoughtful and sounds like you understand my situation quite well. It feels good to be heard, thanks. :)

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  2. I hope you don't think that I was trying to steal your stage with my comment...I was just trying to get into the "groove" of things. The recording sounds great and your voice, as always, is excellent. I feel that your vocal chords could suit many genres of music. I also admire your good humour in putting to music certain aspects of your condition & how you personally manage it. That takes guts. I hope that your efforts have succeeded in informing lay-people about Diabetes Type 1 during National Diabetes Awareness Month.

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    1. Not at all Nick. Thanks for your support. I too hope my efforts are helpful... and make sense! I do have a two more subjects I want to cover despite the fact that November is over. Today I'm ordering a new and improved system and by next week I'll be "All about that pump, 'bout that pump - and Dexcom." Stay tuned.

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    2. You mean the Dexcom G4 Platinum Continuous Glucose Monitor??? Is it possible to have "I've got you under my skin" as your alarm tune?

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    3. LOL, I don't think so. My pump's also been under my skin for 5 years...I wonder if I can change that alarm. It would be a good one!

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  4. I hope the wire under the skin is not a major irritant. I have a couple of cables running under the skin of my scalp, behind my right ear & into my pectoral muscle. But I'm used to it now.

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    1. Interesting. The wire is about 2 1/2 inches long, slightly thicker than and as flexible as a hair from your head so you don't notice it at all.

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