Friday, March 1, 2013

Things diabetes has taught me this month... February edition

-Pod changes are best done early in the day for us.  We have a tough time finding what works best for us to combat those post-pod change highs. We've done it all pre-change bolus, post-change bolus, temp basals of all varieties... And combinations of all of the above. What usually happens is all that extra insulin catches up to Elise about 8 hours later. If we change the pod later in the day, the lows hit in the middle of the night. Not good.

-I hate pretty much all commercials related to diabetes. Especially now that Elise is paying attention (I don't normally watch daytime TV when the kids are not at school, but I am guilty of turning it on when I nurse Lucas). The one that really gets me is for "diabetic nerve pain". All of a sudden the questions tumbled out:

  • What is diabetic nerve pain?
  • Why does he have it?
  • Can I get it?
  • Why is it bad?
  • How can he have diabetes? He's not a kid!
How do you explain to a 5 year old the complications of diabetes? And should you? She doesn't really even understand. Ugh.

-Each birth after Elise's dx has given me a bit of a glimpse of what it must be like to have twins. Now, I'm not saying I know what it's like to have twins like those my-cat-has-diabetes-so-I-get-it people, but think about it; a newborn needs constant care. So does diabetes. A newborn is exhausting. So is diabetes. A newborn keeps you up at all hours of the night. So does diabetes. It is so tough when both are demanding my attention at the same time.

-Keeping your face too close to your child's foot while doing a BG check in the middle of the night might just result in a kick in the face. Consider yourself warned.

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And a few of you were interested in hearing Lucas's birth story. I've written it on my other blog here if you want to read it.

Is it really March already?


  1. I can imagine those nerve pain commercials definitely getting to you. How DO you explain that to your little one? eek. Well, the commericals also bother me because my hubby has "really really bad" (that's a technical term) Neuropathy and those medications barely help him. UGH is right.

  2. FWIW, I'm not a fan of any diabetes commercials either. Especially when they have super annoyingly-catchy jingles that get stuck in one's head (I'm glaring at you, Nano).

    I just now noticed your "about" on the right sidebar, and I'm pretty sure it's the best one I've ever read.

  3. We had to switch from the Omnipod to Animas Ping due to Ella's allergy to adhesives. They just kept getting worse & worse no matter what I did. I have to tell you....I LOVE NOT DEALING WITH POST SITE CHANGE HIGHS!!! I'm always amazed when I change out her site and it just works immediately. With her being in school, we were not able to change the pod out early in the day which meant a lot of night-time changes which meant a lot of nights where I was up ALL NIGHT LONG correcting the highs. Hope you find the magic equation!

  4. Same thing happens to me after I change my pump site most times. Wicked stubborn highs, then BAM! lows that won't end. Crappy on both ends of the stick.


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