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Originally Posted by b_young
Thanks, I will check with the ADA. He is 9 yrs old. We do not currently have a pump. He has 1 shot at 9pm that sets his base line and then a shot to cover each meal. This link is the pump we ordered today. http://www.minimed.com/products/insulinpumps/It
is as close to an artificial pancreas as you can get. It does require to insertions under the skin. The needle is small and wasn't a problem on our test unit. The monitor has to be moved every 6 days and the pump every 3 days. The only negative I have heard of so far is that the insertion for the monitor has caused some scaring. If that is the case we will stop using it. It is a big investment so I hope it is worth it. My son is worth much, more so if it isn't all we think it is, then we will just be out a little.
Ah yes, the mini-med. My wife used one of those for 3 years or so, but she moved to an Animas pump about 4 years ago and likes it a little better. She gotten to the point to where she does not even have to use the numbing agent on her skin to insert the needle. The pumps are really a great enhancement over the shots. She also was diagnosed at age 9 and is 40 now. She watches her sugar levels quite good, but I have learn to recognize the signs of high or low sugar before she feels them on occasion. I hope you have gotten him a medical alert bracelet or chain and get him the habit of carrying some form of glucose tablets of gel. I can tell you story a-plenty on low sugar and the helplessness I felt on occasion when she got really stubborn about taking the glucose tablets. I have gotten her doctor to write scripts for Glucogon (spelling might be off) in case I have a hard time getting her to cooperate, so now I can just mix the vials and give her a shot and about 20 mins later she will come around. Watch for sign of heavy sweating when they are not doing any real activity as that is a clear sign of low sugar. When they come back around, they will get really cold.
Since I don't know your whole situation, I am going on the assumption you might not have dealt with Diabetes before, so if I am wrong I apologize. I can only assume you are feeling like I do sometimes in that you are probably more scared about this than he is. Get yourself educated on anything and everything so that you know exactly what to do and how everything works. For a long time, I had no idea how to set her glucose meter, but the meters are pretty fool proof now, so that a non issue.
Again, good luck and PM if you have any questions or concerns.
Brian | 2015 Trek Emonda ALR 6 | 2015 Trek X-Caliber 8 | 2014 Trek CrossRip Comp
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