Sunday, May 20, 2007

Increased Basals helping a little

We have had a much better day today. This morning's numbers were always between 74 and 202. Something is still off though because he still needed a correction at 2:00 when he was 202 and holding steady two and a half hours after lunch. Maybe I'll reduce the carb ratio a little. These adjustments sure are easier to do with this monitor on him. I feel that I can be a bit more aggressive in the adjustments. We normally would have changed his basal rate by .05/hour, but last night I adjusted his .5 to .6 for the early morning. I think he needed a jump.

The minilink is still attached and in good shape. Tommy went swimming at the neighbors yesterday. The minilink is supposed to be waterproof, and it did not prove to be a problem. And I love the feature that it continues to track even when he is not connected to the pump. It will do that for up to 40 minutes. So when Tommy hooked back up to his pump, it displayed all of the missing data from his swimming break. So cool!

I am attempting to make a few changes to the template of my blog. I did subscribe to bloglines after Sandra sent me the link. I'm not exactly sure how this will work, but it sounds like it will save a little time checking my favorite blogs. Also, Tommy no longer has the time to coauthor the blog, so I will just have to include my thoughts about his feelings. I should probably put my picture in the profile, but I can't remember how to do that. This blogging stuff is not as easy as it looks. Oh well, enough changes for today. More to come---

Saturday, May 19, 2007

He wasn't mad

Tommy wasn't mad, just surprised which was a relief. I might try to insert the sensor while he is sleeping next time also. Tommy didn't complain about it except when he felt he was going up double arrows without any obvious reason. I think we have a few frustrating years ahead of us with these periods of high blood sugars due to hormones.

I can't wait to do the CareLink (software)for today. I am going to change a few basal rates especially 9:30 am - 10:30 am.
Inserted sensor while he was sleeping!

The sensor is in. He didn't even wake up! I put numbing cream on his stomach at 5:15 am. I took it off at 6:15. I inserted the sensor and then attached the minilink. Programmed his pump. And he is still sleeping!

I wonder how much he will complain in the morning? I printed off a sheet of his carelink reports from his meter in case he complains too much. (In the last two weeks he has been high 65% of the time.)

The first time he used the minilink, he did not put tape over it. He wore it for a day and a half. I guess you don't have to put tape on it, but you can if it seems to be catching on things. This time, I put a IV300 over it. Maybe it will last longer.

Now, I need a nap.
Enough is enough! Tommy has had 2-3 weeks of crazy high blood sugars. I keep increasing the rate, but it doesn't seem to make much of a difference. I am probably not being aggressive enough with the increases, but the lows that come every once in awhile scare me. Maybe he should put on his CGM!!!!

It has been awhile since I last posted. Just an update. Tommy is still on the 522 pump, but hasn't used the CGM part of it for what seems about 2 months. He used to wear it every couple of weeks just to get an idea of how his settings were going. He tried the new minilink transmitter when it came, but didn't seem too interested in it. I haven't pushed it yet.

He is now finishing 6th grade. He is almost a teenager! He is starting to worry about his clothes, his hair, his GIRLFRIEND!! Yikes! He asked me the other day about going back to shots. I told him that we were lucky to have the flexibility of having a CGM because if he ever wanted to go back to shots, all we would have to do is hook him up to the CGM while he was changing to Lantus. But I haven't heard any more about it. I am not going to push it.

I have sometimes bribed him to put in the sensor. It seems that usually once he has it on, it is not a problem. But agreeing to put it on is proving to be a little tricky. I have got to get him to wear it!!! These high blood sugars are scaring me!!!

I'll have to try something.