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When I found out about Julia's diabetes, it was so stressful at first. But we're doing great and she's such a trooper, so I don't have much to complain about. I guess I am so lucky that she came down with this at a good time in her life where she can adapt more easily to the crazy things we have to do to her now.

I am a children's librarian. I love making movies and you can check out my youtube page here
Mom to Julia, age almost 5, T1, dx 5/3/07
Kathryn, age 1, non-diabetic

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Posted on August 4, 2007 at 12:26am 0 Comments

I've been meaning to write something here for a while... so tada, here's something.

I've got issues... okay would you like to hear about them? Not all bad issues, just stuff I'd like to talk about.

Issue 1: Julia's birthday is coming up soon.

I know I've been told that she can eat anything she wants...but that doesn't really take the stress of estimating and counting away. I dream of the day when she can sit down and have cake and ice cream and I won't have to worry… Continue

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At 8:42pm on March 11, 2011, naz said…
hi there i dont always wtie alot but just about eating withdiabetes I have heardlots from nutriotionist and main thing you can eat everything you want but only in moderations so if you have cake or biscuits work of the energy so you blood doesnt rise too high, My birthday is month and i will try to eat those nice things arent regkular for me but small doses sotake care thars wy i gotta go to get some energy food
At 8:09pm on October 11, 2009, Linda G said…

Hi's it all going? How are wee angels Julia and Kathryn? I know you're a busy mom, and you don't have much time to sign in...been there! Just wanted to see how you're doing! Take care!
At 9:02am on September 24, 2007, Kirsten Sigrist said…

How's it going??
At 3:17am on September 19, 2007, Kirsten Sigrist said…

We definitely had adhesion issues for the first couple of weeks. I'm pasting a pod change "protocol" that I previously posted on the CWD website.

I had more trouble in the beginning with faulty pods for various reasons. In one year we did have one whole box that all failed (after 6 failures we gave up on the box). I would say that we usually have a "pod issue" 1-2 times/month.

This is what I do.

1.Griffin has a warm soapy bath.

2. We deactivate and remove his pod.

3. Warm insulin to room temp and fill pod while he bathes.

4. Get one reluctant little boy out of his splishy splashy bath.

5. Dry off with a towel, choose an area for pod. Our preferred sites right now are belly and upper thigh. Butt is not working as well for us now that he is out of diapers. Spray area with Mastisol.

6. Distract kid while mastisol dries.

7. Place pod carefully on body being careful to avoid any wrinkles in the adhesive fabric. If there are any wrinkles or the mastisol is still wet when you put on the pod, you're toast.

8. I always place the pod in a horizontal orientation. I get better results on belly insertions when the catheter end is toward his belly button. On the butt it's better for the catheter end to point away from the crack.

9. Griffin holds his "Doggie" and howls while we press start. We howl along with him and after it clicks he stops us and says, "It was just a little pinch." Then he gets a special treat, usually a marshmallow.

Hope this helps somebody! See what you get when you ask a scientist for their "protocol"???

Over the summer I have been using tegaderm, to anchor the catheter end of the pod for swimming. It's a clear, thin, wound dressing. You can google it to fond a vendor. I cut a rainbow shaped piece and put it around the catheter end of the pod.


At 5:57am on September 18, 2007, Kirsten Sigrist said…
PS- I'll be in your neck of the woods for Thanksgiving with my dad in Catonsville.
At 5:56am on September 18, 2007, Kirsten Sigrist said…

Feel free to ask me anything. Buy some mastisol and some tegaderm and be prepared for a rough few weeks. It'll be worth it!
At 11:34am on July 4, 2007, Nikki said…
Hi Sarah, thanks for the invite, Your daughter is lovely, look forward to chatting more! from one mummy to another....
At 2:00pm on June 26, 2007, Angela Price said…
Great video of your daughter getting her shot on U-tube. She is a trooper! Where do you get the sharps disposal? I just take mine into the drug store and they dispose the whole needles. I like the recycling idea!
At 7:24am on June 26, 2007, Penny R. said…
Hi, Sarah.

Thanks for friending me.

At 9:14pm on June 25, 2007, Sara said…
Hi Sarah,
Thanks for the add. Julia is adorable!



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