This weekend is a very important milestone for my grandson. It’s the one year anniversary of his trip to the emergency room where we later found out he was a type 1 Diabetic.
Since then it’s been a steep learning curve for the whole family, but most especially my daughter, who is a single parent.
I am in constant awe of her strength and determination to conquer this seemingly insurmountable mountain for the sake of her son.
She works continuously to make his life as near to normal as possible. Because as parents of diabetic children know, nothing is easy after they are diagnosed.
It began with insulin injections four times a day and blood glucose readings twelve or more times a day. That’s sixteen plus needles a day!
Now he’s on the OmniPod, an amazing device that attaches to his skin with an adhesive and only needs changed once every three days. This is from the OmniPod site:
You want to do what you want to do without worrying. OmniPod® can help. You get continuous insulin delivery and it’s waterproof,* so you never have to disconnect. Even better, it’s totally discreet, with no tubing to tangle or to dictate what you wear. That’s pretty great.
The OmniPod also allows for better food management and has continuous insulin flow so he never goes without.
The small, discreet Pod holds and delivers your insulin while the PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager) wirelessly manages your insulin delivery.
A small, lightweight and discreet Pod you’ll hardly know is there.
- Tubing-free design that doesn’t tie you down
- Adheres securely to most places you’d give an injection
- Precise insulin delivery that’s easy to manage
- Internal reservoir, insertion components and pumping mechanism are right in the Pod
- Inserts automatically at the push of a button, with no injection needles in sight
- Waterproof so there’s no need to disconnect for bathing or swimming*
- Now smaller, slimmer and lighter, but still holds up to 200 units of insulin
- Stores personalized basal settings — so PDM can be out of range
- Pink slide insert provides added confidence that the cannula has deployed
* The Pod is waterproof to 7.6 m for up to 60 minutes (IPX8 rating). Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) is not waterproof. It should not be placed in or near water.
A wireless Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) that helps put you in control.
- Insulin on board (IOB) is calculated based on correction and meal boluses
- Wireless PDM works up to 1.5 m away from the Pod
- Simple, intuitive sentences guide your use of the OmniPod® System from automatic priming and insertion to bolusing
- Large, colour screen for the information you need at a glance
- Integrated FreeStyle® blood glucose meter automatically incorporates your glucose levels into suggested bolus calculations and history records
- Can be stored in your pocket, purse or backpack
- Conveniently downloads data into easily understandable reports and charts
- Customizable ID screen helps you easily identify your PDM
While this has been a real Godsend in many ways, there’s much more involved in the day-to-day monitoring with the Pod.
Things like that birthday party he’s been invited to? Yeah, Mom has to go also to monitor his BG (Blood glucose) in case of emergencies and carefully measure the carbs of anything he wants to eat.
Hockey? Lacrosse? Swimming? All the same, he has to have a care-giver who can help him as needed.
Sleep-overs with friends? Only at his house because Mom has to wake up every three hours to poke his fingers and check his BG levels. All things we take for granted in our everyday lives can be a danger to his.
But despite these hurdles, we’re celebrating. Because it could have been so much worse. This disease can be life-threatening, but with proper care and management my grandson will grow up to be whatever he wants to be-and that’s a good reason to rejoice!