Friday, September 5, 2008

Officially Pumping.....

He's a pumper now....
Look at him.... all smug with the pump on his hip!!:-)

It's hard to believe this day is here. Who'da thought? Almost 10 months into this and J.J. is off all those nasty daily injections!! YAY!! Of course we face new, but different challenges I'm sure, but we are excited to see how this works for us. So far it's been amazing.

We got up really early to make it to St.Paul by 9 am. The news had us (read ME!) worried with all the riots and blocked traffic because of the RNC. We ended up being 45 minutes too early....oops!!

The first couple hours we went over the basics and made sure all the numbers were confirmed with the endo before we went "live". The pump seemed to be working properly throughout the set-up process, which was encouraging.

Finally, it came time to insert the cannula. I was somewhat nervous because I had requested numbing cream when we used the trial pump. This time he would feel everything. He really wanted the site in the stomach, but the CDE said there just wasn't enough fat. So the bum it was.

Pump inserter....

My hands were shaking.....I don't know why, I give him 4-6 shots a day, what's one poke? He didn't even flinch. I was shocked. I'm not sure if it was because two other guys were also starting at the same time and he was being brave, or he really didn't feel it all that much. At least this first one wasn't so painful. For that we are very thankful.

We were given two brand new meters that link with the pump!! It's always fun to get diabetes freebies!! We just thought we weren't going to be able to use that feature. The strips are the same ones we've been using this whole time, so that's an added bonus.

We took his blood sugar and out of nowhere the pump beeped then showed the result. Yay....that worked too!!:-) It showed a high number.....mainly because they take the kids off Lantus the day before so they can start on the pump. We gave our first correction bolus AND IT WORKED!! He dropped from the 200's to the 70's.

Today has been all a'flutter with NEWNESS. Like.... going to McDonald's and bolusing BEFORE he ate...and NOT giving an injection!!! How about changing clothes? Or "going poop"? J.J. came to us wondering how he was going to use the bathroom with his pump on......good question. We're still trying to figure all that out.

For the next 3 days we have to check his blood every 3 hours around the clock to make sure everything is working properly and the pump settings are accurate. Really this is nothing new for us. We were already in this habit, so it's not so much a big deal.

There's a feature on the pump which can be set to alert us when we need to check his blood after giving a bolus. So we told J.J. that if the pump starts beeping to let us know. At one point hubby looks at me and says, "J.J.'s pump should've gone off by now. Hasn't it been 3 hours?" We called J.J. in from playing outside and he says, "Mom, Dad, the pump has been beeping at me.....dooot, dooot, doooot." We were like "YEAH....that means you have to GET US, DUDE!!"

Pump Start....

We are just so thankful for this day, and want to thank everyone who has prayed for it. We also want to thank the generous person who gave us the pump.....what a blessing....we cannot thank you enough.....God bless you!!

Please continue to pray for the adjustment.....we know we'll have problems along the way. Also pray for continued provision. Pump supplies (unfortunately) come out of the durable medical portion of our policy, instead of prescriptions. So basically we pay out of pocket for his monthly pump supplies. We hope to never have to make a decision between money and his health.

Now......off to figure out how to sew pump pockets in his clothes......and find a few belts....the weight of the pump causes his pants to sag.:-(

4 comments:

Cara said...

Oh, how great! I'm so happy for you guys. Check out Donna's site insulinpumppacksforyou.com. There is a belt you can buy that goes with her pump packs. I don't use the cloth belt, just my own, but with JJ being so little it might be a good thing for him.

Colleen said...

I'm just sitting here grinning as I look at your smiling faces! Go, JJ!

huskermarty said...

Way to go JJ. We are hoping and praying it works out great for you.If you need anything let us know. We love you all. Mom

Donna said...

I am so happy for you all & it's so nice to see your smiling faces! Congratulations!

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