re "liked being hooked up to a machine" Well it is a machine, a real smart machine! but it's not invasive, about the size of a pager, the one my son has now is waterproof to 13ft depth so he can bathe and swim with it. We had a real hard time getting a handle on his blood sugar when he was about 8 years old, that's when he got his first pump. The insulin pump has tremendously improved his numbers, I can't imagine going back to insulin shots. More power to you if you can control your diabetes with 2 shots a day, excercise and diet, that's great. But there is nothing at all wrong with being hooked up to a pump, it is continously dispensing insulin, similar to what the body would do normally, plus you can figure out your carbs for each meal and get the exact amount of insulin you need.