Thursday, December 16, 2010

Our Pump Start

As you know, we took the plunge and started pumping yesterday. And....


It all started around 9am when our Omnipod trainer came to our house. His name is Wesley and he's fantastic! Not only is he a trainer, CDE and type 1 himself.....he's also an ordained minister! How cool is that?!

We all sat down around the kitchen table and Wesley helped Matthew program the pump. Yes people---Matthew actually programed the pump all by himself. Kevin and I were so proud of him.

Now....I confess...the night before, I did threaten death if Matthew didn't buckle down and really focus during the training. Fortunately, he stayed right on track. : ) We were really proud!

After the quick set-up, it was time to put on the pod. Easy-breezy. I love that I don't have to see the needle with the pod. Just attach that baby, push a button. DONE! Amazing!

Once the pod was on, we took a BG (blood glucose reading), popped in the carbs for breakfast and Matthew ate breakfast WITHOUT A SHOT! He was so pumped! LITERALLY!!

Sidenote....Matthew started to say a little blessing before he ate, but Wesley jumped right in and prayed for us. I couldn't believe it. What an unexpected gift!

Training was pretty easy. The PDM (personal diabetes manager) is really easy and straight-forward to work. Wesley stayed for about 2 and 1/2 hours and that was it!

Of course, we went out to lunch to celebrate! It was great to take Matthew's sugar, and bolus for the carbs without having to pull out the syringe.

I think one of the things Matthew will love the most is being about to eat more at the end of a meal. When we were on MDI (multiple daily injections), we would count carbs, give insulin, then Matthew would eat. If he wanted more food, he had to take another shot or eat food without any carbs. That "free" food gets old after a while.... Now....if he's still hungry, he can just pop the number of carbs in his PDM and eat extra. He's going to love that!

Last thing, but really is his BG? Not bad at all. Great during the day yesterday, but we need to do some adjusting at night. He still has his usual 8-9pm spike that we need to adjust for. We'll be heading to the doctor in the morning to work on that and have our first site change.

So....that's it. All is great so far.

I feel very blessed.


Heidi =) said...

Yay!! ((Hugs))

Deanna said...

I'm looking forward to the day when we start pumping! Having that little bit of extra freedom when eating will be such a blessing! Congrats! I'm glad the switch went well for you!

Unknown said...

Wonderful news! Just wonderful. You know Joe spikes BIG time at 8 or 9 at night...that is when his highest basal rate is...WEIRD huh?

Amy said...

Awschum. And a minister to deliver and hook you up? How much more of a sign would you need to validate it is the right thing to do and the right time to do it.

I love it when serindipity pays a visit ;)

Lora said...

Thats great.
"He was pumped".. cute!

Lorraine of "This is Caleb..." said...

That's so wonderful! I think you will find that adjusting for that night spike is so easy with a pump - just tailor the basal! I hope it all continues to go well!

Amanda said...

I am glad it is going so well for you!