For informative purposes: C is 11 years old. Diagnosed with diabetes July 2009, just after turning 10.
When did you guys start pumping?
He started pumping in January 2010, almost 6 months after diagnosis with the Animas One Touch Ping.
What do you use to change sites? Whats your “process”?
We use IV Prep but that’s about it. If it’s a bleeder when we peel it back off, I’ll use some Neosporin.
How often do you check ketones?
I check for ketones if he’s reallllly high and feels sick. Or reallllly high and a correction doesn’t bring it down (after and hour and a half or so). Or when he’s just ‘regular’ sick. Sometimes if I realize that he’s been high for a while (last few BG checks) we’ll test.
When do you do an unscheduled site change?
We pretty much don’t. They used to get pulled off of his tummy a lot, but now he won’t allow them there. On his upper booty, they don’t get pulled off. A few times I’ve changed early due to persistent highs or persistent highs with ketones. I always wait out at least one correction before doing so. As long as I have patience, it has usually worked out.
Whats your childs target?
daytime is 90-120. Nighttime is 140-170. Those are the settings in the pump at least. I let him go to bed as long as he’s over 100, and has no insulin on board. I’ll recheck soon enough anyways.
What was your childs last A1C?
What kind of strips do you use?
Which do you prefer?
We only use OneTouch.
What kind of Peanut Butter do you use?
Jif Creamy. Or Jif Natural Creamy. C hates the Natural though and can always tell the difference.
Do you allow juice when not low?
Yep. Sometimes he drinks a juice box with his lunch. He drinks ‘em when he’s headed out to the trampoline, riding bikes, whatever he does. He definitely ends up drinking juice. Recently, he was feeling sick of diet coke and even had a REAL root beer at a birthday party…just bolused for it.
Do you still check your child at night?
As long as I’m not so exhausted that I sleep straight through my alarms, I do. I usually check 1-2 times after he goes to bed. Typically this is around 11pm and 3 am. We wake up (on weekdays) between 6:30 and 7:00am (again sleeping through my alarm that goes off at 6:00) and check then.
What is your rule on sweets?
Not many rules. Check the ingredients for gluten, check on a real carb count (not guessing) and TRY to eat something else with it… protein or something to slow it down.
Regular pasta or whole wheat?
Neither. Brown Rice pasta.
What about veggies and fruits?
My kids live on fruit. C eats salad, carrots, cucumbers… No cooked veggies though, only raw.
White bread or whole wheat?
Both have been banned from our house. We only eat Udi’s Gluten Free MultiGrain.
Do you use glucose tabs?
Yep. We use whatever’s got sugar, but the rolls of glucose tabs hold 3 quick fixes and fit in his pocket easily. He also doesn’t have to worry about people wanting his candy for a snack. Oh, and HE’s less likely to eat it as a snack…
What do you use to treat lows?
Whatever we’ve got around. Glucose tabs, juice, smarties, Swedish fish, sour patch kids, lemonheads, gummy jolly ranchers, milk, yadda yadda yadda.
What does your child use to hold their pump/cgm?
his pocket. When he doesn’t have a pocket, he just uses the clip that came with the pump (well, that one broke…I think we’re on number 3 or 4 now). No CGM. Insurance doesn’t cover it and he won’t use it if it means carrying something else. We’ll wait for Animas to hook up with Dexcom in one unit. THEN we’ll push for it.