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How Many Sets Can A Wood Chuck Change if a Wood Chuck Could Change Sets?

I was thinking today about insulin pump set changes.

We have to change infusion sets every 2-3 days.  ( “we” really means “I”…..hehe).

As fate would have it, both my guys started on one aligned schedule, but that only lasted a couple of weeks.  A kinked cannula or unexplained high blood sugars means an immediate set change, completely screwing up my carefully mapped out plan.

One day, I decided to calculate how this all adds up.

10 set changes per month for each super handsome guy = 20 insulin pump set changes per month.

That’s insane!

Now add the CGM sensor change for my little guy on 5 of those 20 days.  (Extra big needle so we push the limit and he wears each sensor for 6 days instead of 3).

Good thing I have this stuff mastered.  The insulin pump has nothing on us.

P.S.:

This week, I’ll be participating in the 3rd annual Diabetes Blog Week.  That means diabetes bloggers around the world will be blogging on a set topic each day of the week.  More information can be found here:  http://www.bittersweetdiabetes.com/2012/05/third-annual-diabetes-blog-week.html

Happy Reading!

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Pump Fail

420…well, that’s fun.  (initiate instant mommy failure feeling)

We started out okay.

6am 114   (whooo hoo!!)

9am 235 (normal post-breakfast spike we cannot manage to overcome)

11:30am 165  (ok, I’ll take it)

1:45pm 306   (WHAT??!!??)   correction bolus

3:45pm 233 (well, at least it’s coming down)  correction bolus + snack bolus,  painfully wait 23 minutes before eating snack

5:30pm 420 (panic…breathe…retest in hopes of sugary fingers)…374  (darn, fingers not too sugary)    correction bolus

6:30pm 364   (panic again….injection with syringe…..change pump set after kiddo confesses pump dropped and yanked cord TWICE today while at school)

Hate having to change the pump set when I just did it yesterday   (ARRGGHH!)  …. but thank the lucky stars for numbing cream.

Now we wait….(mentally accepting neurotic mommy tendency that will drive me to check BS every 2-3 hours overnight…YAWN…zzzzz)

Trash

I cannot believe the amount of trash that comes from one pump set and sensor change.  It amazes me every time.  When we go to the Barbara Davis Center in Denver, they always have artwork made out of test strip bottles and pump parts, etc.  I wish we could make something cool of all this junk, but alas, into the trash it goes.