Sunday, September 29, 2013

Getting ready for a pump!

      During M's last endo visit she said she felt we were ready to start a pump.  We attended pre-pump class this week.  It was a class that went over the basics of pumping and gave an overview of the pumps M's Dr prefers.  I was worried because I had already done my research and M and I have looked at some pumps, so we were already fairly certain that the Omnipod is the right choice for her.  I have read that some pediatric endos don't use the Omnipod and when I asked at our appointment our endo said, you will see all the pumps we recommend at your pre pump class.

   When we walked into the room all the pumps were on a table.  There it was and Omnipod.  I could tell M was happy because we had been thinking about a second choice (animis ping was her second choice).  But she really wanted the Omnipod because of it being tubeless.

    After the class I had to take a test on carb counting and on pump basics.  Then the next day I called the rep at Omnipod to order M's pump.  Now to wait to see what our insurance will pay.  Our insurance is usually very slow to give authorization.  I think M thought she would get her pump the next day.  I told her lets hope to have it by Christmas.  Wouldn't that be a great Christmas gift!.

   Today was also of JDRF walk day.  We raised $1,102.  It was a beautiful day for the walk.  M enjoyed getting her face painted and picking up all the free stuff from the various vendors.  I participated in the Tial Net Study, and we even scored two sample vials of Humalog!   We had a great time.  I will post pictures later!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Endo visit...The good, the bad, and the ugly

   This morning M had her second visit with her endocrinologist.  I have been concerned because her numbers have been creeping up this summer.  I also wanted to talk about getting her started on the pump before the end of the year.  There is rumor or our insurance at work changing and I am worried about what our coverage will be next year.

   I'll start with the bad.  M's A1C was up.  I knew it would be.  It was not up as bad as I thought it would be though.  Basically my suspicion that her "honeymoon" is over was confirmed.  Some adjustments were made to her breakfast ratio's to see if that helps and she is mainly high before lunch.  Will have to see if that helps tomorrow.

  The good.  We are signed up for pre-pump class on September 26.  This does not guarantee that M will be pumping by the end of the year but it is a step in the right direction.

  Now the ugly.  M's endo was concerned about her scoliosis.  She wasn't sure if it was getting worse.  As this is not her area of expertise she referred us to  pediatric ortho.  Isn't diabetes enough for M to deal with.  Of course I have been up looking at scoliosis treatment.  It is basically bracing or surgery if the curve is bad enough.  Hopefully her's isn't bad enough for this and we will just have to have it checked every 6 months.  If she needs a brace I hope she will handle it as well as she's handling diabetes.