Friday, January 28, 2011

It's HERE!!!



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. 


10 comments:

  1. Yay!!! Julia!!! Great Parents is why she is Happy!!!

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  2. Love, love, love the pump. When Eric first started on his pump someone told me that in the beginning you will want to run it over with your car but very soon they won't be able to pry it from your cold dead hand. I thought that sounded ridiculous but soon understood. Good luck and FYI Dianne the health clerk is very knowledgeable on the pump she did Eric's boluses for 2 years until Debbie felt comfortable enough with Colleen doing it.

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  3. That's great Diane! Julia is so awesome; keep up the great work!

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  4. Hooray for Julia & for you too!!

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  5. Hi Diane, I found you from my blog! Good to meet you through here. Good luck with the pumping journey. Joe has been using the Animas Ping for 4 years now and we have loved pumping. It is challenging and work...but soooo worth it.

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  6. P.S. Your daughter is sooo cute!

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  7. Such a CUTIE!!!!! Congrats on this new journey :) My daughter started pumping 4 years ago and we LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!!

    Congrats and nice to "meet" you :)

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  8. I love that happy face! I remember the day our pump arrived.... WONDERFUL! I hope you enjoy it as much as we have! My daughter started pumping with the Ping about 18 months ago. So glad to have found your blog!

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  9. Oh yay..she looks so happy! My daughter, Ally, is 7 and she has been pumping on the MM Revel with CGM for a year and a half. Looking forward to getting to know you.

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  10. She is adorable! Congrats on starting your/her pumping journey! My Superhero has been pumping with the Ping for 2 years. LOVE pumping!

    Happy to have found your blog. :-)

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