Monday, April 25, 2011

One Year Pump-aversary!

I have been AWOL from the blog and AWOL from the DOC this past week. Why you ask?

- Two older children came down with ear infections. 14 and 12 years old and ear infections??? They each hadn't had one in 8-10 years. Tell me that doesn't make for some fun times.

- Grace came down with the stomach flu. Requiring one all-nighter keeping her numbers stable, ketones of 1.2 at one time, one midnight call to our pediatric endocrinologist on call, one primary doctor visit and bottle of regular ginger ale, doled out in teaspoon amounts. We made it through without going to the ER. My whole goal was NOT to go to the hospital, and we did it! But frankly, this past week has been one of the longest since she was diagnosed.

- HIGHs from the stomach bug. I would temp basal +30% for an hour at a time. Then I brought out the big guns and drove it up to 50% for 2 hours at a stretch. I whacked that sucker down. Scared the crap out of me, but I did it. Call me the high-killer.

- Three kids, Spring Break. Nothing more needs to be said how that is a time-sucking event like no other.

- Our roof was damaged by hail in June (yes, last June) I am STILL arguing with the insurance company about replacing it. Still. I finally hired a public adjuster, cause I am tired of getting screwed. Call me the bullshit-killer too.

So, as you can see, good times around here.
But I see the light at the end of the tunnel, the sun coming up over the horizon and finally, some healthy kids and some relief.

Today, April 26th is Grace's one year OmniPod anniversary!
One year ago today we stuck that pod on her, filled with insulin and have never looked back since.
A1Cs went from 7.3 to 6.4 in the year she has been on the OmniPod.
She loves the Pod, we love the Pod, love the remote (PDM), the tubeless-ness of it all and the auto-insertion.
For us, it works.
Here's to a smaller Pod in the future and an improved PDM.
Until then, Happy 1 year pumping Grace!
Have I told you lately that you absolutely, fantastically, rock?
You do.


The DL said...

Happy pump-aversary Grace!!!

Unknown said...

Oh Penny...UGH on your week. You rocked the Stomach Flu girl!!!


Happy Podaversary to Grace. You guys have worked hard for that A1C. Be PROUD!!! xoxo

Jules said...

Happy Anniversary, Grace. I'm sorry you guys have had the lurgy for a while but am so pleased to hear you managed to avoid going into hospital. I used to think that the hospital would help but VERY quickly realised that I am the expert in my child's care and can do better at home.
You are such a huge support to me, Penny, such a reassuring voice. Hope Spring gets all springy and healthy kids stay that way for you!

Denise aka Mom of Bean said...

I can't imagine the insanity of your week...well, a little, but my week was insane enough so I don't want to imagine more!! :)
Way to rock the stomach flu, you high-killer you!
And, way to keep on those insurance bastards, you bullshit-killer!!

Woot! Woot! On Omnipoding for a year! How Cool! Bean's on month 6 and we, too, love it!

my sweet girl said...

That sounds like a rough week.The stomach bugs are the worst. I hope everyone is all better soon. I know after Skyler has had a stomach bug we battle low lows for about a week after.
We love the Omnipod also. It has been a God send for us.

Heidi / D-Tales said...

What week! If I lived near you, I'd take you out for a little girls' night out. :) Sounds as though you could use a little escape.

Happy podiversary!!! Here's to many more happy, healthy, rockin' A1C years!!!

k2 said...

YOU ROCK - And you're one tough mama!
And happy 1 year of Gracie pumping like a rockstar!!!

LaLa said...

What's up bullshit killer! hahaha - that made me LOL. :)

I hate to hear about your craptacular week but it sounds like you totally rocked it!

Yea for 1 year podding! I'm totally down with that! :) I love the ONE spelled out in pods. I'm with you - haven't looked back.

I'm glad your back! The DOC isn't the same without you!

Unknown said...


Here's to brighter technology on the road ahead!


(PS...I haven't know. That thing that may or may have not happened!)

Scott K. Johnson said...

Keep rocking Grace & Penny!

Leighann of D-Mom Blog said...

Happy anniversary!!