My name is Michelle. I am 31 and live in Michigan. In 2000 our son, Westin, was 2 and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. At 4 we put him on a pump. About that same time, our endo office started testing for celiac antibodies. Of course, Westin was one of three kids to come back positive in the entire clinic. His numbers were low and it wasn't until 2 years ago that we had an endoscopy and got the diagnosis as Celiac. He has no signs of celiac and doesn't really react to gluten. On the few occasions where he has cheated, he gets a little intestinal problems, but nothing too major. Still, it is enough to keep him honest! This last May we started using the Real Time Glucose Monitor from Minimed with our 722 pump. We love it. Or I love it! He could care less. He is 10 now and I think he enjoys the extra freedom it give him, but he might not have really put the two together. I know I feel much more at ease and I sleep lots better. Now we are just anxiously waiting for a parent monitor so I could really sleep soundly! :)
On a personal note, I have been a stay at home mom since Westin was born. We are a self employed family. We also homeschool. For a hobby, I do adult toy parties and sell online. :)
My youngest son is 2. He use to beg for his sugar to be checked, but I have noticed that is changing. He recently received an empty pump shell from MM, so no more using the pedometer as a pump!
Almost 3 years ago we started homeschooling Westin. We had lots of trouble with the school not dealing with his diabetes properly. When I say properly, I mean not harrassing us about our care. His parapro (teacher's aid) that took care of his pump needs and such was D herself and on a pump. Surprisingly she was awful to work with! I will say that we were having a lot of site issues (meaning lots of correction by injection), but she was unbareable. It got to the point that she said, "I am just not into the shot thing!" So I pulled him out of school. I surprisingly have enjoyed homeschooling and though I originally planning to only homeschool for 1 year until he changed schools, I am continuing. How knows what the future holds!