Sunday, August 31, 2008

Pump School Completed!!

Yay!! We just completed one of our requirements for pump start this Friday. Honestly it was sooooo boring. This stuff is not rocket science....as my husband put it. The experience and the "doing" is going to be the biggest hurdle. We know what we can at this point. Now it's just figuring out how this will specifically affect J.J., and putting everything we've learned into practice.

The only big hurdle this week is trying to figure out J.J.'s insulin sensitivity. We don't have exact numbers and the clinic wants those. We usually just say a half unit will crash him, so watch out if we correct for a high. We factor in so much when we correct for highs that we generally don't have an set rule like if he's over 150 give him .5 units. The clinic said that we should do it on a morning he wakes up high....give him a correction and only let him have a protein breakfast. The problem with that.....he doesn't wake up high.....so should we allow him to go high just for this test...probably....but it's a hard thing to do.

Hubby said many times during "class".....now, why can't we just do this on our own? Why do we have to drive 150 miles, pay hundreds of dollars to have them show us how to use this? Aren't the supplies being shipped right to us? Don't we already have the insulin? Can't we have so and so just come over and get us going...she's been on the pump for most of her life?

Although he is soooooo right, we will have to jump through the hoops. Do a bunch of head nodding and tail wagging. Tis the system we're working with....

Stay tuned....


1 comment:

Brandy said...

I can sort of realte to what youre going through. My son was diagnosed w T1 Diabetes at 16 months. Hes 4 years old now, seemingly healthy as a horse. The only issue is hes short for his age. People automatically assume hes 2 years old. We started insulin pump therapy on September 23, 2008. Its definitely been a roller coaster, ALREADY. Checking blood sugar and checking for keytones every 2 hours even through the night has not been a joyous occasion. So far so good. Finding the right basal rate and insulin action time for him has been an issue but he loves the "needle free" life his been introduced to. Changing a pump site every 2 days is a breeze for him.

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