Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Endo Visit - The essentials

Who: One little girl with Type 1. Code name - Grace

What: Grace's 3 month endo appt. Not much to talk about this time. I feel I really have a good understanding of her basal rates. I know how to find tune them after I see three days or more of out-of-range numbers. I learned a lot when Gary Scheiner and I had a long talk about basal rates - testing, checking, changing and how to adjust them one at a time. So, checking in with Grace's endo feels more confident to me.

How do I prevent the swimming lows that send her plummeting even after I do a -25% temp basal for her length of swim time? Grace seems to go low about an hour after she is done swimming. It's an odd thing I never knew how to address.

Answer: Let her basal come back to what it should be, then about an hour after she is done swimming, do another temp basal -25% for .5 hours.

Where: Endo's office in a gigantor hospital building

To do:

* Eye appt for Grace. It has been two years since her last one. I have no concerns, just checking in to see that nothing is happening so far.

* Blood draw to check for celiac and thyroid issues. Grace hates this once a year blood draw. Me too.

The best news yet:

Cause a picture is worth a thousand words, a thousand 2 am checks, a thousand basal rate changes and adjustments and a thousand realizations that for right now, we have a good handle on it all.


Unknown said...


(Imagine a mom in the middle of dinner kicking her heels!!)

Congrats and well done!

Unknown said...

Penny that is fantastic. I think we have to go in a couple of weeks. I am NOT looking forward to it. I don't think I ever do :(.

Anonymous said...

Great A1C! So proud of her!

LaLa said...

Rock it with that 6.6!!!

Meri said...

I bow to your awesomeness!! Congrats!

Heather said...

that is AWESOME!!! So happy for you! It feels good when you feel like things are under control.

Jen said...

Amazing job Penny!

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


Heidi / D-Tales said...


"Code name - Grace" made me chuckle.