Our pump has arrived. I have never wanted to hug the UPS man as much as I did Tuesday night! We still have to wait before we actually open it up and get started. (Pending insurance approval) But as far as I am concerned, this is a big step in the right direction.
There will still be an adjustment period once we get Julia going on the pump but it will alleviate some of the strictness in her routine. It also means that instead of having at least three shots a day, she will only have to get an injection when we change her pump site. (Usually every three days).
The great thing about a pump is that it functions more like a pancreas She will be receiving insulin in a more constant manner. She will receive tiny precise amounts of insulin 24 hours a day. (basal rate) She also gets additional doses at meals or to correct high blood sugar readings. (bolus dose)
Being on the pump will also make Julia's school day more normal. As of now, after she finishes her lunch everyday, she meets Bubba or me in the nurse's office to get her insulin shot. Not exactly the best place to be when trying to AVOID getting sick. One of the days we were there, a child with a fever was there too. I am hoping with the pump, we can meet her in the cafe or the playground & avoid the office altogether. Our 2nd grade friend takes care of his bolus dose on his own (with his assistant's supervision). I know we are not there yet but not having to be at the school everyday will be a nice change when it comes.
Julia is excited and happy not only because it is here but also because it is pink :) I know there will be struggles and frustrations but for now, my girl is happy. And to me, that is what matters most.