day 5, still alive
Hi friends. It’s day five with Pepa, and it hasn’t been exactly smooth sailing, but I am not regretting my decision. (I named her ‘Pepa’ after Salt-n-Pepa, since she’s pushing the insulin. Get it?! Ah! Push it!)
Anyways……the first few days were a bit rough. I was having trouble with the infusion set and the cannula kept bending. Which I didn’t realize until my blood sugars were well into the upper 300s. I just kept bolusing (is that a word?), and then finally changed the site and saw the little bent culprit. That was extremely frustrating….and it happened three times!
I think I’ve got it down now. I’ve had two awesome days in a row—no blood sugar over 150! My friends and family are so incredibly supportive. I’m so luck. They’ve listened to me get excited, bitch, yell, cry and everything in between about the pump. My boyfriend has been especially patient, seeing some of the worst in me. This first week will be the worst, but it’s going to be worth it.
I really enjoy having the glucose meter talk to my pump. The pump is programmed with my correction scale, so if it detects a high blood sugar, it will ask if I want to correct for the high number. Then I can say yes, no, or adjust the correction amount. I think it’s going to help me check my sugars more often.
Here’s what she looks like, all hooked up and pumpin!
the big day
The big day has arrived! My appointment is at 3:00 PM at St. Alphonsus Diabetes Care & Education Center. I was going to go with Humphrey’s, but the trainer (and I guess there’s only one) recently had surgery and won’t be back for some time. They kept pushing my appointment back further and further and I just want to get started!! Also, Humphrey’s wanted me on a “saline start” for one week! That seems a bit long. St. Al’s, however, will get me started today, on insulin, and their trainers wear pumps, which is somewhat comforting. Not that someone who doesn’t wear a pump wouldn’t be just as good of a trainer, but I really like talking to someone that wears a pump themselves. Especially for my questions about wearing this thing with certain outfits. The other positive thing about going with St. Al’s is that they are going to bill Medtronic, not me/my insurance. I’ve paid over $7000 for my pump (quite a bit covered by insurance, thank goodness), and part of that cost should go towards being trained how to use it. At least that’s what St. Al’s believes.
My lunch bolus might just be the last shot I ever take! Well, not ever. I know that if the pump breaks then I need to take shots of insulin until the backup pump arrives….but it is still strange to think about. I’ve done shots for 12.5 years.
More to come. Until then…peace! xoxo
I started playing around with my pump tonight. The basic settings seem easy enough. It’s kind of like playing around with an iPhone. I don’t think it will take too long to get the hang of it. At first I was a little worried that the bolus setting only went up to 10 units, but I quickly found that it’s just the manufacturing setting; you can program it up to 25 units. Plenty more than I’ll need. Again, I’m not too worried about getting used to the programming.
What I AM worried about is wearing it. It’s getting late and almost time for bed, so I’m in my pajamas. These consist of sweat shorts (no pocket), and a tank top. I’m going to have to wear this thing to bed *for reals* in a couple weeks, so I might as well start knowing what sleeping with it will be like. (Ohhh…so many dirty joke opportunities.) The pump came with two different clips. One is significantly smaller than the other so that is the one I will try. I will admit, looking into the mirror, I already am already feeling self-conscious about it sticking out under my tank top and the only living thing that can see it as well right now with me is my cat. She’s unimpressed. ;) I know that I will get used to it, but this is definitely going to be the hardest part. Even just laying here on my bed, on my stomach typing this, I’m trying to get used to feeling the plastic on my skin from the clip on on my waist band.
There’s also a familiar smell in all of this. I know that sounds odd, but the smell of the manual for the pump brings me back to the weekend of my diagnosis. It smells like the hospital and all the books I received that weekend with information on carb counting, different insulins, definitions, etc. It smells overwhelming.
she’s here! she’s here!
My pump arrived Friday afternoon! I would have posted sooner, but I was busy getting ready for my weekend away in Bend with my boyfriend.
As I said before, the pump and supplies must be shipped UPS, and you must sign for them when they arrive, so I decided to have them sent to work, because that’s where I am during the day. Usually. But, this is me we’re talking about, so of course my pump arrives at work on the day I take off early to pack. Thankfully, my fabulous co-workers signed for me and called right away so I could swing by and grab the box before I left town. At least I know how things will work if I happen to be out of the office.
I forgot that some supplies were also included in this order…plus plenty of training books/manuals and a DVD. I have a lot of studying to do!
I’m excited to show what my pump actually looks like now! I’m pretty happy with the purple. Still working on a name….