The following information and links will help you succeed with insulin pump therapy.
Thank YOU for letting us all know success stories like this. What keeps me coming back here ( aside from Sam & Sara's wit, Randall's sermons, Barbara's expertise, etc...) is knowing what a difference we can all be making in a child ( or an adult)'s life by encouraging, by empowering, by supporting those who seek a better life with diabetes. I had lunch yesterday with 7 other moms with diabetic kids- sort of a "free group therapy" session ( other than paying for our lunch!!!) 4 of us had kids on pumps & the other 4 were relating scenarios that we pump-moms no longer had to confront ( like watching your child be excluded when a classmate's mom brought in cupcakes for a birthday an hour after lunch). I turned to one of them & said "THIS is the critical INTANGIBLE that the doctors never see when they're scrutinizing bg records.....they never see the tears held back, the haunted & hunted look in the mother's eyes, the wear & tear from the unrelenting constancy of living by that @$#%* CLOCK, etc etc. Even if pump therapy WAS harder than MDI ( which I don't believe it is), it would be worth it if for no other reason than to LIBERATE a child from that UNNATURAL way of life. Yes, many children with severe chronic illnesses do not lead normal lives - nor does anyone expect them to, when they are clearly handicapped or physically limited in some way. Our children, fortunately, CAN act & look normal......why then shouldn't physicians be encouraging them to benefit from "state of the art" options which deliver a life style more in keeping with their capabilities?
Ok..off this morning's soapbox!! Hugs to you and Alex!!!
[IP] With the pump, most things are possible.....
•To: Insulin-Pumpers@bzs.org • Sun, 11 Jul 1999
23:36:06 EDT •Reply-To: Insulin-Pumpers@bzs.org
For many people on the pump, you have already discovered the joy of the freedom it gives you. As the parent of a preteen (but not much longer!) on the pump, it gives me great joy to watch Amy do all she does, eat what she wants, and then some!! She survived diabetes camp -- remember I said she wasn't going to let them run her high? Well, she had only 1 high and that was a post sight change high, and 2 lows. We are very happy with that! She is now detasselling, something I know I would not have allowed her to do on MDI. It involves 12 hour days, walking up and down row upon row of corn, picking off the tassels. There is 1 half hour lunch break, and frequent water breaks, but still, all day long, away from home at age 12, working -- no way!! Today was her 4th day -- her lowest bgs was a 78 today, which she just popped glucose tabs in her mouth as she went along. I can truly say she is learning to live life to the fullest with her pump, even if it is an exhausting, muddy fullest!!
Next Sunday she is off for a week at church camp, also a 1st for her. I will call in advance, just to make them aware of her needs. This one I'm a bit nervous about, but Amy has shown great maturity and self discipline, that it's the others I'm more concerned about!! What a great feeling!!
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