Friday, September 9, 2011

A1Cs, pumps and other D stuff

Thanks for all the comments on the last post... that is indeed an omnipod, but we're just doing the saline trial right now. We also have an appointment with Animas next week. We're pretty excited about pumping and I'm glad we waited until Elise was ready. She's been GREAT through the whole process, saying "that wasn't bad at all!" after the omnipod was inserted.

I believe we found the culprit to those sucktacular numbers from last week. Bad insulin. All 4 vials at the same time. Freaking Texas heat.

We raised $417 at the Chick-fil-a fundraiser a few weeks ago... almost 100 people (including a whole bunch of D-families) came out to "Eat Mor Chikin" with us. Thank you to Mark, Tracy and the entire staff at Chick-fil-a Southlake for taking such good care of us!

And I saved the best for last... today was our endo appointment and I knew our A1C would be pretty good; at least as good as the 6.7 from last time. And I was not disappointed... 6.4, our lowest yet!

So that's what has been happening around here... I've pretty much fallen off the face of the earth in terms of blogging and reading/commenting lately. I'm hoping I can catch up with everybody SOON!


  1. Great news...except for the bad insulin, but at least you got to the root of the bad numbers.

    Can't wait to hear what you think of both Omnipod and Animas.

  2. Wow! I am so impressed with the A1C! I feel like we will never get there.

    Missed the Omnipod post - congrats! Jumping into the world of pumping is so exciting!

  3. Ditto on the so impressed!
    Can I move in with you? I need a better A1c.

  4. WOW! What an amazing blog post! I am so happy to hear!!!

  5. We are A1C twins... Justin's was also 6.4 this time around :)

    Awesome job with the A1C and Chick fil a fundraiser!!!!

    Oh, and yay for being ready to pump. You will all love it :) Can't wait to hear what you decide.

  6. We have yet to see an A1C like that either! Can I move in with you too after Colleen is settled in?!

  7. WOOT for the awesome a1C!! and congrats again on making the move to the pump...:o) I totally hear you on waiting until it was good with Elise...I was in the same boat with Emma and I think timing is a huge part of making the switch. HIGH FIVES to you both!

  8. Yay for pumps! I'm glad you waited until it felt right for you and Elise. And great job on the a1c!

  9. That A1C is fantastic Jo! Pat yourself (and my Portugese Bro) on the back. AND...if you have any questions on Animas, I'd be happy to answer them. xo

  10. Yeah wow 6.4 !!! Yep heat will kill insulin . I had that problem when I lived in florida . My numbers were so wacky . Oh well and yes let us know if you do decide to pump and which one you like best .

  11. I would highly recommend going with a tubed pump like the Minimed Revel or the Animas Ping (I personally think both are fairly comparable). I use the Revel and love it. I don't use the integrated CGM all the time, but it's nice to have (although not as accurate as the Dexcom). The problem with the Omnipod is that when an issue does occur (and pod problems are frequent), you end up wasting a lot of insulin by starting a new pod. In addition, being able to SEE the insulin going through the tubing is very reassuring. DKA can set in fast when you pump because you have no basal insulin in your system. Therefore, it's imperative to use a system that works. The Medtronic Mios (Animas offers a similar infusion set) are AWESOME. Very little pain and easy to use and travel with.

  12. yeah, yeah and YEAH! All good news, looking forward to hearing more about's tough for a bit but I am sure you'll quickly get the hang of it.

  13. Yay about pumping!

    Thank you for mentioning your Chick-fil-A fundraiser. I never thought about doing that, but it sounds like a great idea for my next walk :)

  14. Congrats on the successful fundraiser!

    Yay on pumping! We are also getting ready to start Miss E on a pump, we are going with the Animas Ping. Right now we are in the process of getting all of our pump training and then it's go time :)

    We waited over 3 years to get Miss E on a pump, we didn't want to rush her into it...for the longest time she wanted nothing to do with pumping but now she is so ready and excited about her new pump :)

    Good luck and I can't wait to hear more.

  15. GREAT on the A1C. And I'm glad you think you like the pod. We love it.

    Just make sure you understand that "lack" of an IOB feature. If you check Elise's sugar, say 2 hours after breakfast...she's going to be high and the pod would let you correct that. You just really need to watch and wait for that 4 hour point.

    Other that that, we love it!!

  16. WooHoo! Awesome A1C!
    Boo! Skuny insulin!
    Oh, Yeah! Trying out pumps!!


  17. yay yay yay awesomeness on everything, except the spoiled insulin. ESPECIALLY the waiting for the right moment for elise and pumping. yay! :)


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