Thursday, June 24, 2010

Our team

It's been a busy week here. School is finished and I scheduled two appointments for Grace this week so we would be free and clear to go on vacation soon.

Can I just say I love our diabetes team????
GO team GO!!!
GO team GO!!!!
(I think I say that in my mind as I meet with them about diabetes. Honestly. They ROCK.)

First, we started seeing Gary Scheiner of Integrated Diabetes Services. The man knows his stuff. From the minute I sat down with him and Grace, for 90 minutes, he was nothing but honest and knowledgeable about pumping, basal rates, kids with diabetes, tweaking numbers, looking at data and designing the best path for Grace to achieve better control and great numbers. He speaks to her as a PWD to another PWD, never talking down to her and always assuming she has something new to learn. I love that in a CDE. We came out of there with some new basal rates that were proven by data, a new insulin:carb ratio for her lunch hours and the best thing is - I KNEW WHY!!!! I cannot say enough about him. The fact that he is 15 minutes from my house is even better. The fact that he wrote Think Like A Pancreas, a book I use to this day, is even more fabulous. Insurance won't pay for him, but I'd give him a million dollars for his advice and guidance, the man is that good.

Second, we saw Grace's endocrinologist, a woman who is so smart she makes Einstein look like a little ole' boy sitting in the corner with his dunce cap on. I am serious. She is wicked smart (nods to Pam for the 'wicked' saying) and just from talking with her, I want to lean closer so the smarts run off of her onto me. Do you think that would work?

She sees numbers, patterns, data that reveals what we should and shouldn't to, takes precautionary measures, knows when to let it slide, talks in a language I can understand, gives great advice and all the while making Grace laugh and know that she is cool. Who can ask more from an endo?

Want to hear the best part?
The absolute best part of the whole week?

Grace's A1C: 6.8

I feel like we really have some good basal rates, some good ways of not pinging from low to high, ways I avoid the lows and strategies for those foods that do the 'mostest' - namely pizza and spaghetti. I am so proud of Grace and frankly, that we did this, got to a number that makes her feel good and gives me a sense that I barely, barely, just barely, seem to know what I am doing.


phonelady said...

that is great and love your new page and gosh you are so on it .

Joanne said...

Woo-hoo... GREAT job Mom!

htimm=) said...

I love to hear that you had such a great appt. and such an amazing CDE and endo. I have requested that book from our local library. I might just have to go buy a copy. Good job!

Hallie said...

Holy Cow! That is a terrific A1c! Way to go! :)

Wendy said...

GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I LOVE that book :) So awesome that you can learn from him FIRST HAND! That's awesome!

Laura said...

That is so awesome! I would love to see him - that book is like my bible. Congratulations!!

Meri said...

Congratulations! So exciting that you got to see Gary. I've heard so much about him, and you live so close??? SO GREAT! Congrats on the amazing A1C too! Celebration time!

Reyna said...

WOW...GARY? I love his book...sooooo cooool that you guys got to see him. And AWESOME job to you and Grace on a spectacular A1C.

muffinmoon said...

What a lovely and uplifting post, Penny. Great news on Grace's A1C. So pleased for you!

Lorraine of "This is Caleb..." said...

Impressive! (Jealous)