Wednesday, June 30, 2010


The high that is endless. Flippin' endless it seems. Almost a day now.

We are talking 250, 268, 230 and now to top it all off, we have a new contestant in the game - a 386 after a morning breakfast of homemade pumpkin bread. I hate that darned pumpkin bread. With a passion. I don't know how many carbs are in it as it's homemade, I keep increasing what I do bolus her for it and it never seems to be enough, I hate carb-guessing. I even did a +30% basal rate extend for 2 hours on top of the gigantor bolus I gave her,  and nothing - we got a 322 an hour later. Yes, yes, yes, coming down, but I want a number 1 on this roulette wheel of diabetes darn it!!!!!

I was mad this morning. Mad at the high. Mad at the numbers. Mad at the D.

I kept repeating to Grace that I wasn't mad at her, but mad at the diabetes. Mad that it will take all day, I just know it, to bring her down to an in-range number. It will interrupt our day. It will interfere with what we want to do. It just stinks today.

Then I felt so bad about being mad at the diabetes. Even though I tell her that I am not mad at her, it still stings. She is the one with diabetes, so if I am mad at diabetes, aren't I just a teensy bit mad at her? So hard to separate the two at times. Now I feel guilty and bad. Not my typical mood.

Today, I really don't like highs.
And I really don't like numbers.
And I really love my daughter.
And I really don't like diabetes much at all.

Monday, June 28, 2010

CVS Fail

We use CVS for all of G's prescriptions. Normally I am very happy with their service, their speed and their ability to fill her prescriptions. Today was a rarity but it was a doozy.

Since going to our endo appt, I valiantly am trying to get the pump supplies she needs covered through her health insurance. There are three things I use religiously with Grace's OmniPod: SkinTac (if you have a gal who swims, you gotta have it), SkinPrep and UniSolve (to get it all off). The OmniPod sticks so well with these three things, they are essential to it's use for a young child. Grace's endo gladly wrote scripts for all three items when we were in last week. I thought I would try to get them covered, instead of ordering through American Diabetes Wholesale.

I submitted them to CVS, only to have them call me about 3 hours later and tell me they could find none of these products. I told them manufacturers, address, everything I knew about them from the box. They hung up and called me back 20 minutes later:

- They cannot locate SkinTac at all. Nothing in their system.
- They located SkinPrep, but it's discontinued. (What????)
- They ordered 2 boxes of UniSolve, they will be in tomorrow.

Ok, batting 1 for 3 here, but I go with it. Fine, I will be in tomorrow. Yippppeeee I think, they are covered under her insurance!

I go to CVS today. They are not covered by her insurance. Better yet, the box of UniSolve they did order, well, our conversation goes something like this:

Me: Oh, you got the one box in, great. Ok, it's not covered? What? Why not?
CVS gal: I am supposing because it's available over the counter, that you cannot have it covered by insurance.
Me: OK, well, I am still learning this game. Whatever, ok, I will take the one box you do have.

(I notice on the side of the box that the sticker says $12.80 for the box. I cannot for the life of me remember if that's cheaper or more expensive than when I ordered online, but when you gotta have UniSolve to get the Pod off, does it really matter the cost?)

CVS gal scans the bar code and up pops $14.99 for the box.
Me: I see it says $12.80 on the box, why did it come up $14.99?
CVS gal: Well, that must be the price we charge here.

CVS gal - while standing right in front of me - peels off the $12.80 sticker!
Me: Well, I am not paying $14.99 for them, you just peeled off the sticker! I'm paying $12.80.
CVS gal: Can I have a manager please?
Me: Are you kidding me? You peeled the sticker off right in front of me!!!!
CVS gal: ----------------------------------- (that would be utter silence)
Manager shows up. I tell him what happened.
Manager: Charge her the $12.80 and put the sticker back on the box.
CVS gal: ---------------------------------(utter silence as she checks me out)
Me on the way out: Hey there - stay cool - thanks so much, hope your day is FABULOUS!

Ok, I still love my CVS, but was this situation wacky or what???

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.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Guest post

I am guest posting over at Kelly's blog, the fabulous Diabetesaliciousness!
Thanks for asking me Kelly, I am honored!
Now head over there and catch up with me...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The roller coaster

Happy Father's Day honey!
I wouldn't want to ride on this journey with anyone else but you.

Monday, June 14, 2010

The glass

We all know that expression, the glass is either half full or half empty. It's how we are supposed to see this life, right? Everyone always asks, are you a 'half-full' or 'half-empty' kinda gal? And we comment about other people 'You know, he/she's a half-empty kind guy/gal.' We get it when we say it to each other.

It can be said about diabetes too. That we can look at the glass and again see - are we going to do this journey in the light or in the darkness?

I understand people who see the darkness. I understand seeing the glass half empty. I see it too sometimes. I suppose I don't even have to mention what the darkness entails to those of you here reading this blog. It's unspoken. I don't even have to write it, because as you read this, all the darkness is forefront in your brains. It's there for me too. I get it.

What I will not do is let it lead me.
What I will not do is give it power.
What I will not do is let it influence how I live.
What I will not do is let it influence how Grace gets on with living.
What I will not do is turn an entire lifetime ahead of us into one big half empty glass.

I read a person's view recently that said nothing good has come of this diabetes in their lives.
Nothing. Good. Not one single thing. Not one iota of goodness. Nothing. Zilch. That would mean zero.

For that person, maybe that is their truth. I respect that is where they are on their journey.

For me, it's not. It's not my truth. I will teach my daughter about my truth in this life. That it doesn't have to be half empty. That sure, it can break you, but why would you want to be broken when you can be whole? Why would would you want to wallow when you can fly? Why would you spend your life wishing this or that would go away, instead of lifting it up, joining with it and journeying on in this life, to do the things you would like to do before it all ends anyway?

This diabetes has brought light to our lives.
This diabetes has brought us closer to who we are in our soul.
This diabetes has brought time-management skills like no other, and math to boot!
This diabetes has brought an awareness of life, in all it's infinite finiteness to us.
This diabetes has brought us the perception that we have it pretty good.
This diabetes has brought us resilience.
This diabetes has brought us together as a family like nothing else would.
This diabetes has brought us an appreciation that we should have fun while we can.

I want to say to that person who sees the nothingness in this diabetes and tell them, now is your time to turn perception on its head.

I want to tell them:

Here is your chance.
Here is your chance.
Here is your chance.

Friday, June 11, 2010


Drip, drip, drip.
That's the sound of me crying on the keyboard because I lost my shooting hearts background.
I loved those darn hearts.
Now, I am left with flowers. White flowers.
It's not me.
Oh Blogger, how do I get my hearts back???

I:C ratios, got it.
Square bolus, got it.
Super bolus, got it.
Correction for an afternoon water ice at school and a cupcake, got it.
Raise that bolus, lower that bolus, extend this one, got it.
Easy, peasey.

I, however, cannot get the background I want to upload.
I know I am technologically challenged when I have to wait for my 11 year old to get home from school to help me figure it all out.

Hearts will be back soon folks, if I have to come to each of your homes and draw them on my blog!!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

That's my gal

Overheard conversation, 8:30 am, school playground

Grace's friend: What is that on your bottom? I mean, like, what is it?

Grace: It's my Pod. It's a pump.

Friend: You mean like it pumps you up? Like what pump?

Grace: An INSULIN pump. It's on my bottom. It gives me insulin.

Friend: Why do you need insulin?

Grace: Well, you know, I would like to keep on livin.' I need insulin. I need air. I need gum. I need cool shoes. I need water right now. I need insulin.

Friend: Do I need insulin? I mean, like I don't know if I have insulin.

Grace: YOU have insulin. It's in your body. I don't have insulin. My insulin is in my Pod.
YOUR Pod is called a pancreas.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Patience 1, High 0

It's not the Pod, It's not the Pod, It's not the Pod

Those are the words I repeat to myself after these numbers surface a day ago, at school, over the course of two hours:


It's not the Pod, something else is wrong. The Pod is working fine. Don't change the site Penny, just wait.
Have patience, have patience, have patience...

I decide that school should give her one unit of Novolog by injection just to be sure.
I tell them to go ahead and do it.

Though, this is what I feel like inside:

Grace's numbers start to fall. Whether it was prodded by the injection of Novolog or the numbers were about to come down anyway, it starts to happen.


Sweet, sweet relief.
No site change. Pod continued to work wonders for the next two days. Every number right in range.
I suspect it was the pizza at school and an inaccurate I:C ratio for it.

I shall now go and collect myself.