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.
This is the obligatory post where I tell you that my son can go trick or treating. He can eat any sort of candy and please don't give him the sugar free stuff.
But this will be our sixth(!) Halloween since Benny's diagnosis of type 1 diabetes and we're so used to the routine it's hardly worth talking about anymore. But... it's always worth talking about. Because there are always new families with newly diagnosed kids.
Just this week I got an email from a mom with a child…Continue
The little things make me happy.
We replace the cartridge in Benny's insulin pump about every three days. It's always a balance between using up as much insulin as possible and making sure it doesn't empty while Benny's at school or sleeping. I hate the waste, but I can't take a chance he'll tap out.