Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Allergies to adhesives suck

Our woes with rashes to adhesives started about 3 months after Ella started on the Omnipod.
It started with a small little rash once I removed the Omnipod.
It quickly progressed to a red, inflamed, itchy rash that would develop within 24 hours of a new Omnipod.
So, we quit the Omnipod because I wasn't about to do Omnipod changes on a daily basis and Ella's skin had taken a serious beating.
We've been plugging along with Animas ping for a few months now.
We do site changes every 2 days and full (insulin & site) every 4 days. 
That seemed to work swell.
Every once in a while she'd have a rash after 2 days but it cleared up quick with a low-dose corticosteroid.
But now that it's summer and she's swimming every day, I noticed she develops a rash to the site very quickly.
So we're having to do DAILY site changes.
So imagine how thrilled I was when, after having done a site change at 7am on Monday, Ella tells me a mere 12 hours later that the site is itchy and she needs to pull it.
I think I pouted like a 3 year old and said, "FINE - PULL IT!"
And slammed a new site on her tooshie.
But when I pulled the little plastic inserter gizmo thingy off, I noticed the fat part of the site, where the little insulin connector thingy plugs in, hadn't stuck all the way down and I could see underneath the site where the cannula was in about 3/4 of the way.
So I did what any responsible Type 1 parent would do: I pushed it down and then I texted my T1D Mommas to see if they thought it would work. The consensus was it could go either way and they all wished me luck.
I know you're dying to know the results, so here's the play-by-play:
7 pm: Insert new site. BG 96. Looking good.
9 pm: BG 160. Hmmm....could be the pasta she ate for dinner. Small correction.
11 pm: BG 170. Not bad. Still could go either way. Small correction.
1 am: BG 230. 0.3 blood ketones. Crap.
I pulled the site.
Cannula was completely bent over.
Freaking Skin Allergies.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Catching Up

We've been busy.
Too busy to find time to blog.
And so busy, really, that diabetes has taken a back seat in our lives.
This makes me happy.
Right now I should be doing laundry.
Laundry does not make me happy.
So I am blogging instead.
In an effort to catch you up on the last 7 weeks, here's a summary, with photos, to keep you interested in our mundane lives.
Ella started karate and loves it.
It's super fun to watch her blood sugars go up when they start sparring.
Adrenaline spike is for real, folks.
Domestic Divo took me to the Santa Ynez Inn for a quick over-night stay.
First time being more than 10 minutes away from Ella since diagnosis.
It was awesome.
Shout-out to the Grandmas for watching the girls.
We organized a Family Picnic for the Diabetes Outdoors organization and had a great time hanging with all of our D-friends
Ella Turned Eight!
We celebrated by having a "Rock n' glam" sleep-over party.
Lucky for me only 5 of the 11 girls actually spent the night.
Ella invited one of her little D-buddies so I rocked 2 CGMs all night long...

And, of course immediately AFTER I sent the above photo with the text, "I am the best pancreas EVER!!!" to my fellow D-Momma, her daughter spiked into the 300's and mine went up into the high 200's.
Party pizza at 10:00pm = no bueno.
But the girls had a BLAST and that's all that matters
Ella and I went to a Mother/Daughter Camp where we ate ridiculously large brownies and cookies late at night, swam in a freezing cold pool, shared ONE bathroom with 16 other daughters & mothers and slept like poo. But zip-lining with my daughter made it all worth it.
Which pretty much brings us up to now.
We are in the final home-stretch of school with the last day being June 14th.
Which is not only flag day but is also my 35th birthday!
For which I have requested we do absolutely NOTHING cuz this Momma is tired.
Rock on, middle-agers. Rock, on.