Friday, December 17, 2010

First Site Failure

Second post of the day here....but I'm trying to be faithful with our pumping start, to here's the scoop.

This morning, we headed to the doctor for insulin adjustments and our first change. All seemed to go great, although when we inserted the new pod, Matthew did complain a little that it didn't feel right. Hmmm...took note, but didn't really worry about it.

11:30 Matthew BG 215. Hmmm....okay. Did correction. Maybe it was all the sitting around in the car, in the doctor's office.....

12:30 Lunchtime. He should be back in range--or at least closer--right? Wrong. 212. Hmmmm...Okay. There was more sitting around....Gave bolus and ate lunch.

2:00 Curious. Checking early. 293. Hmm...it is soon after lunch and he started high. But still....We check for ketones. None. I did have him drink a lot of Crystal Light. Decide to wait a tad longer, check again, then call CDE for advice if necessary. This is so new......

2:45. BG is now 380. Wow. Okay. Call CDE and she agrees that it's probably the site. She tell us to put on a new pod and give half correction. Check in 2 hours. Okay. By the way, Matthew is feeling fine through all this, so that's good. Caught it before any nausea set in...

Well, I neglected to mention, we're not at home during any of this. I was actually trying to START my Christmas shopping. So.... I do that site change------my very first one alone------IN THE CAR. Yep! I'm actually pretty impressed that I didn't freak out. Neither did Matthew.

4:00 BG 281. Yay! Going in right direction.

And after all that.....what are my thoughts on the pump?

I still love it!

But here's the really amazing thing: I didn't get one bit upset at that 380. That 380 was actually a GREAT number---and here's why: It told me there was problem. It was that big, red flag telling me that I needed to fix something.

Yes! I've finally grasped the concept that there are no bad numbers.

(After discussing this with Matthew....I'm adding to this post. As he so wisely puts it...yes, there are bad numbers. He reminded me how bad his 29 was. Definitely a bad number. Big lows are not good. Prolonged highs are not good. But you know what I mean in this post.)

6 comments:

Reyna said...

(((HUGS))) You are right...why can't I get that yet? You are the best Tracy!!!

Stephanie said...

It sounds like things are going well! Great job, mama!

Lora said...

You are awesome!!!! I love how happy you sound as you write.

connie said...

I just caught up on your posts...CONGRATS on pumping!!! I am so happy for you :) I can't wait to hear more about these new adventures with Omnipod, it's a pump that we have looked at in consideration for our girls when we are ready to get them off MDI's.

Keep us posted :)

Misty said...

In the car!?!?! Wow, you are one Rockin D Mama! Glad that you knew there was a problem and you were confident enough in yourself to do what needed to be done...even in the car :)

Wendy said...

Site failures are part of the journey -- doesn't matter what pump is pumping! Correct and move on...LATHER RINSE REPEAT...and ENJOY life :)