My dh has type 11 also and may have to go on insulin. He has been reading a lot about the pen, seems very convenient to use. Another place to go in here is the RVing with disabilities forum, might get some good feedback there too. Best of luck to you.
My first pen was sent to me by a fellow diabetic from London England.
I have been using one for years.. I do two types of insuli and use the pen for one, this reduces the odds of an OH ***** WRONG INSULIN.
Now the pen does is adjustable based on current glucose reading (Sliding scale) and meal options.. So if I'm at say a science fiction convention banquet,, I don't know till I see the "Spread" how much to inject.. So I have to inject at the table.
Seated at each table is at least one "Guest of honor" (A professional) in my case it was a very attractive young lady artist (Sculpter) who happened to be a type 1 diabetic.
The people around the table did see the pen in my pocket, but all assumed it was.. Well.. a Pen (The kind you write checks with) Nobody noticed me doing my injection.. Including the very attractive type one sitting to my left. Very nice tool.
I think I have 2 spares lying about in case I loose one.
Traffic is low now but at one time the diabetes forum on Compuserve was the most active of all the forums I visited. Often with as many posts as all the others combined.. Alas, I fear those days are gone, Far too many times the only "NEW" message has been in the 2012 FDA recalls thread. Which means I posted it.
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Nothin adds excitment like something that is none of your business
Kenwood TS-2000 housed in a 2005 Damon Intruder 377
No rants no flames no annoying holier than thou types. The mods are great and keep these things OUT of the discussion and anyone who thinks they can get away with this is ousted.
What there IS is a great community of thousands of D people from around the world discussing and HELPING each other with the challenges of this.
That said----I was Dx'd via a very rare infection about 7 years ago. I am now using a pump--a Medtronic---and I don't HAVE to worry about eating at any specific time; I can vary my diet; I can adjust the basal (background) rate of insulin delivery depending on MY activity levels; I can use a Quick Bolus (dose) to have a snack if I want to be unobtrusive about it and I don't have to explain why I am using a syringe or a pen or---well you get the picture. The pump is a small item weighing a few ounces and can be stashed in a belt holster or a pocket or--for the ladies--in your bra if wanted.
If you guys wanna stash it in your bra---please don't share.
Do I LIKE having this disease? Of course not! Do I blame myself for it? Much less now that I understand it a lot better.
And at your age it is entirely possible that you are NOT in fact a Type 2. There are as have been mentioned here---thanks to that poster by the way---they really nailed the definition and explanations!!!!---many different types. Some say we should have names for all of them but this can get a bit confusing. And it really is only a technical term. One of them is a Late Onset Type 1. Which requires insulin to stay alive. And insulin is a NEEDED hormone--if you DON'T have it---you die. Non-D people need it and never spare a thought for those who DO.
And thanks for whoever posted the sugar info---NO diabetic is ALLERGIC to sugar. That is the way a LOT of people including some MD's think about this. Something ELSE your body NEEDS to function---glucose. Where ever it gets it from---you cannot live WITHOUT it.
I feel that I am MUCH healthier and better controlled with the pump. When I have had to take a "pump vacation" I see my BG go waaaaaayyy off no matter what I eat or do. Your eyes don't work as well as they might? You get glasses. Your knees wear out? You get new ones. Your pancreas forgets WHY it is there? You get a new one---via a syringe or a pump.
Feel free to PM me and I would be happy to chat with you about this and the questions you have---and I know you must have a LOT more of them! You WILL get thru this and you will find it becomes just another part of your life.