insulin pump, T1d

little fighter, soon it will be brighter

I used a picture with this saying in it a few weeks ago.  Such a simple quote, yet it’s full of meaning for my little fighter. Stinkerbell has her checkup with the diabetic doctor tomorrow. We go every 90 days. It is hard to fathom that I’ve been a parent to a T1D rock star for a little over six months. So much has happened since then! It was all so overwhelming then. And it still is- we are just getting used to the daily roller coaster ride with glucose levels. Most times her sugar is elevated….and we can live with that while we use insulin to bring it down. But days like today really keep you in check and on your toes!

Haley texted me shortly before lunchtime today. Just as I was getting ready to scold her for texting at school, I realized what the message was…. “Mommy, my blood sugar is 57 and I’m in gym class. It bout took the life out of me.”

Needless to say, I didn’t scold her. She was able to get to the designated room to check her sugar and get a snack and recovered from the low.  Normal folks should have blood glucose levels somewhere between 70 and 100. And 57 is not The lowest we’ve seen- but it’s scary, and if she  doesn’t  eat some fast acting carbs soon, she will continue to feel badly. She was scared today and so was I.  But she knew what to do, reacted quickly, and averted a crisis. Rock Star, I tell ya!

Tomorrow’s checkup is going to include talking about an insulin pump and we fear that her doctor may not consider her as a candidate for a pump. He likes to see that the patient takes care of themselves the “manual” way…fast acting insulin injections, finger pricks and slow acting insulin injections at night. That’s her schedule. All day long. There’s never a time that she ignores it- but we could do a better job with night time readings for sure. Getting a pump is a big responsibility. It gives the diabetic a continuous drip of insulin 24/7. We really want to try an omnipod. She would have a pod inserted every 3 days rather than injections 4-6 times a day.

This is a rough gig. But we are up for the challenge. It is hard to remember the rules sometimes. I hope we eligible for the pump.  I have my fingers and toes crossed:) if you could add Stinkerbell to your prayer list, I know she’d really appreciate it:)

3 thoughts on “little fighter, soon it will be brighter”

  1. I don't understand what's so bad about having a pump that is automatic versus manual (i.e. more room for human error). I thought that's what was so great about the pump. Either way, I'm sure she will do great and take it all in stride!

  2. Hi Susie:) It's not bad having a pump. It can really simplify a diabetic's life greatly. But it's a big commitment and her doctor would like to be sure she's really ready. And we don't always do the things we should to prove so…like sometimes we forget that we need to check sugar right before bed. Sometimes we get sidetracked with real life and forget to do insulin – but that's few and really far between. I think he just wants to make sure she can take care of herself the old fashioned way before we venture into something like the pump. And it's a huge insurance ordeal, too. AND we have to take classes on how to use/operate/what to expect…and she has to wear a pump that dispenses saline, kind of as a trial to see if she'll like it or not. She is starting to ask more and more questions, which is GREAT because as you know- she is my quiet girl. It's all gonna work out the way it should, I am sure. It just might take a little longer- and I want her life to be as least complicated as possible. She'll will do great. You are right:)

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