Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Every Three Days

Me: "Lydia, you are doing so awesome. We almost have it all off.
Lydia: "I don't want to be awesome- diabetes is so not fun."

That was part of our conversation yesterday during her pod change. We have to change it every three days and the worst part is taking the old one off.

This is a new pod package. It includes a pod, syringe and needle.
Every three days we take off her old pod and open a new pod package.
We fill the pod with the minimum amount of insulin (85 units) into the syringe. Yes, we waste way more insulin than we use. Example- she uses at the most 30 units of insulin in three days, so  the other 55 units are never used and are tossed with the pod. Also, once you open a bottle, it is only good for 30 days, so we were throwing away our fair share before the insulin pump. Would be nice if they had half vials for little ones. (a vial is 1,000 units)
We fill the pod with insulin.
Hit a button on the PDM and it starts priming the insulin.
When it is done priming, we remove the needle cap cover and adhesive backing.  We clean the area with alcohol and then stick it to her body. We hit the start button on the PDM and it does the rest. She is fine with the needle going into her, except she always says, " I don't want to "see" the funny noise. It makes a rat trap sort of noise, so she covers her face sometimes or wants to watch a movie on the computer.
How do we dispose of the old ones? The Dantz Machine likes to sport them from time to time.


  1. Y'all are rock stars in my book! I am always so impressed and in awe of all it takes and how well y'all handle things. AMAZING.

  2. I agree. I know you just do what you have to do, but you are rockstars, no doubt about it. Your girls are absolutely beautiful.

    Just did a little catching up on your blog... I think I mentioned to you before that I am from your neck of the woods, but did I mention that Mary Nita Smith was one of my high school teachers? And one of my favs at that. So glad to know she is in your life. She's one amazing lady... and you are too. :)

  3. I can't believe you have to waste all that insulin?! My pump lets me fill up my reservior as much as i want or less...I usually put about 100 units in mine and then change it when it runs out...which is about 3 days (ha..I have to use around 30 units a day!) And bless her little heart...I tell myself all the time too that diabetes is so not fun!! And you are doing and little Lydia are an inspiration to me!

  4. So much to learn but I am determined to learn it all. Just being around for this summer I have a better understanding of how it works. All of you are a great team and it will always take team effort to be successful and have the support that everyone will need. Love to all!