After six years with an insulin pump, changing the inset is still one of the toughest parts of Benny’s diabetes management. The inserter has a long needle and even though it doesn’t stay in, it still goes in. I don’t care how old you are, it’s tough to get a big shot every three days.
Lately, I’ve been letting Benny smack the inserter on the floor when we’re done. This bends the needle so we can safety throw the thing away and it lets Benny vent some frustration. The other night, he…Continue
Just like that, another year of school is over. Sixth grade, done. Second grade, finished. We’ll get around cleaning out the backpacks by August. Maybe.
I am so lucky to have great diabetes support at school. Each year we set different goals and expectations for Benny and, I have to say, I’m pretty proud of my little guy. Second grade was about more independence, which mostly means buying lunch more often. Our district makes carb counts widely available and Benny’s teacher went above…Continue
I try not to get too excited about diabetes “breakthroughs” or technology announcements. Years ago, before I even had a personal connection to type 1, I covered the Glucowatch and inhaled insulin as a TV health reporter. Never heard of them? Yeah, they didn’t work out so well.
So when Benny was diagnosed in 2006, I was a bit skeptical of the new technology our doctor talked about. Called the artificial pancreas, he described it as an insulin pump, a continuous glucose monitor (CGM)…Continue
Good BG control came up recently when I spoke to a few parents considing an insulin pump for their child with diabetes. I love the pump (we have the Animas One Touch Ping). Benny's been using his for more than five years and it allows flexibility and precise dosing. No shots is a nice bonus, but it's the targeted control that I really love. The pump is just a machine, though, connected to the body by what's basically a band-aid with a stick. Stuff happens. Things go wrong.