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.