The first insulin pump

https://wiki.engr.illinois.edu/display/BIOE414/The+History+of+Insulin+Pumps

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Has been a long time

It has been a long time since the last time that I posted to my blog. I am sorry for that. All I can really say is that it has been busy. If your a diabetic, or a diabetic parent then you know to well all that can happen and keep you busy.

School is out for the summer. Today is Trenton and Katie’s first full day home from school. So far things are going good. Trenton woke up high this morning, he was 250  and Katie was 75.

Katie has a little friend over today. I love summer with all their little sleep overs, and playing dates at the park. My granddaughter will be 5 this weekend, so we are having a birthday party for her at the park Friday. That will be so much fun. It does not seem like it has been 5 years since she was born. They are all growing up away to fast.

My niece graduated this past Saturday. I am so proud of her. She was born the day after my birthday and has been my girl all her life. We had a big party for her, it was a lot of fun to sit with the family, talk about all the funny stories about Kayla and her growing up.

I am thinking about making some pump cases to sell. When I get some made I will post some pictures for you to see and tell me what you think about them.

That is about it for now. I hope you all have a wonderful day. God bless.

Doctor’s appointment

Went to Trenton’s doctors appointment today to find out about all these stomach issues he has been having. The doctor said he wanted to put him on a Prilosec for a week or two and see how that does. If he is not doing better after that then they are doing to probably do a endoscope to try and see what the problem is with all the stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting.

Its a week from Thursday that he will be getting his tonsils taken out. And today I found out that he is eligible for intermittent home bound. So that means while he is out for his tonsils they can come to the house to work with him so he won’t miss so much work. I am so excited about this since he is already behind and needs to keep up with his reading lessons he is doing with his EC teacher. Things are starting to look like they are falling together.

What’s been happening?

Well in our neck of the woods a lot lol. Trenton has been having a lot of problems with his stomach so we took him to our regular family doctor again to see what they thought it might be. He told us that he thought it was IBS caused by anxiety. And basically told me that I need to crack down on Trenton and make him go to school even when he is complaining of a stomach ache or high blood sugar. That he thought Trenton was using these things to get out of school.

So I left the office feeling pretty bad for Trenton. I think that Doctors are to quick to put a title on things they don’t understand. Basically I think they don’t know what Trenton’s problem is so lets just say it is IBS. Well I called back to the doctor’s office and ask the nurse if they could do a referral for a GI doctor. She called me back the next day and said that the doctor had made the referral. This morning I got a call from the GI doctor’s office saying they wanted to make an appointment for Trenton. So when I told her that I would like a late afternoon or early morning appointment she said that wouldn’t be possible that we would have to wait a month or more to get one of those and that his doctor has marked this referral as urgent. So we are going in tomorrow at 2:00 to see what he thinks or wants to do to see what this problem is. But now I am even more worried. I mean the GP acted as if it was nothing to worry about when we was in the office and didn’t suggested us going to see a GI doctor, but then when I ask for the referral he marks it urgent and thinks we need to go right away. Some times I don’t understand doctors. If he thought it was that urgent then why didn’t he suggest going to the GI doctor when we was there last week?

I will keep you all posted on what is going on with this problem. It has been suggested that it might be a number of things. I just want to get to the bottom of it and find out what we can do to fix it.

Today the school called me at 12:45 and said that Trenton’s blood sugar was 529 so I leave and drive over there. By the time I get there and get him in the office off the playground and check him again he is 80 and that was at 1:15. I am like how did he go from 529 to 80 in that little bit of time? I don’t understand it. I am going to have to download his pump and check some stuff out I guess.

Katie is doing great. Her numbers are staying in the 100’s which I am very proud of. I wish Trenton was so easy.

Tattoos

The picture that is to the left of my page is a picture of a tattoo that I got to honor my two diabetic children. For years I have thought about getting a tattoo and talked about it many times, but I never found that one tattoo that stood out to me and said this is the one. One day my brother sent me a picture of a tattoo that he had seen, where two parents got a tattoo of an insulin pump on their stomach in support of their son that was T1D. So I thought about it. But that was still not the tattoo that I wanted. So then one day I was looking at some diabetic ribbons and I seen a picture of a lady that had gotten a tattoo on her arm that was a diabetic support ribbon and it had her dx date on it. So I thought wouldn’t that be great to get one with Trenton and Katie’s name and the date that they was dx as being diabetic. So that is just what I did. I drew it out the way I wanted it and took it to my brother which is a tattoo artist and he did the tattoo for me on the cafe of my leg. I love that tattoo and it will always be there to show my kids that I support them and will do what ever I can for them. My kids mean the world to me all 7 of them do and there is nothing I wouldn’t do for them.

Snow Showers

They were calling on snow showers for us, but as it turned out here in the little town of Ranlo we got about 10 minutes of sleet and rain, then it stopped again. That is fine with me I hate ice, the snow I can live with but the ice needs to go on some where else.

I don’t know what is wrong with Trenton today. He has been high all day today and then this evening he shot up to over 600, had that dreaded High Glucose reading on the meter.  Changed his site, set a temp basal, gave him extra insulin, he ate pizza for supper so set a square wave bolus and he is now back down to 345 with one arrow down on his CGM so I am proud of my baby. No ketones through all of this either. But I am still puzzled over what made him do that though. When I changed the site the old one didn’t look bent or anything so I don’t know.

Him and his sister are wanting to sleep at a friends house up the street from us tonight. So if his levels get back to a normal range I will probably let him go. It is hard for me to let them spend the night at friends but I know I have to let them be kids and let them grow up.

Katie has done good this morning. We had some trouble with the new sensor not wanting to take a calibration but it finally starting acting right lol. This morning it was being all crazy and saying she was 80, but when I checked her with the meter she was over 300 grrrrrrrrrr. But things are back to normal with her if there is such a thing. LOL. Sorry I have to laugh at all this craziness or I would be crying all the time.

Seen a sign on facebook that said Diabetics are the only ones that shoot up to avoid a high. I thought that was pretty good. If you think about it, it has a lot of truth to it. Diabetic are always giving them self shots to keep from having them high numbers.

Also seen another quote that I liked. A gentlemen in one of the support groups I am said “There is no such thing as a bad number. The only bad numbers is the ones we don’t know.”  This is also very true. The blood sugar numbers are not good or bad, they are a tool that tells us what our bodies are doing, and is a guide of us to use to make the adjustments we need to so we can get lower numbers if you will. So don’t stress over them numbers so much just use them to guide you in your next move. Cause as we all know it is a consistent up and down roller coaster ride when your diabetic.