Craig and Madi are siblings who both have Type 1 diabetes. They were both diagnosed in 2012 and with in 4 months of each other. Craig (16) and Madi (7) are awesome kids and here you will see the everyday things that come with Type 1. There is no cure for type 1 diabetes. Thank you so much for reading!!
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Friday, June 1, 2012

Day 4

today is kind of a boring picture... But I had to go get new prescriptions for Craig today...He needed: pen tips (needles), meter strips (to check his blood), 2 kinds of insulin, and lancets (finger pricking needles).  We always leave the pharmacy with a grocery sized bag!!

 This picture is of the 2 kinds of insulin he uses.. Humalog, which he injects 3-4 times a day before his meals and Lantis, which he takes once a day and is the long acting insulin (same for Madi).. Also the green pen looking thing is an insulin pen. There are a few ways you can get your insulin; the pen, syringes, or a pump (which Craig is totally against trying)  Madi is completely against trying the pen, but Craig tried it a month ago and really likes it.  It is a lot more convenient as you can see how small the small pen tips are.  Also if we can get Madi to be comfortable with the pen, we wouldn't have to carry syringes around with us, just these small pen tips..But for now, she is not interested so we use syringes for her.  I have no plans to force my kids to use anything.. Someone told me that I needed to convince and force Craig to use a pump.. No is his body and he can use whatever he is comfortable with.  Im not the one getting shots all day, so I cannot tell him to do any certain kind of injections... And I wont.. And the same for Madi..until she is comfortable trying the pen, we will just do the syringe needles.

1 comment:

  1. I used the pump for 3 years and while I loved it (after taking months to get use to it) I discovered the huge downside to it abot 3 months after I had Caden. With the pump if you get an infection like Staph you can never use it again. I'm extremly extremly extremly insulin resistant - it takes over 500 units a day to keep my sugars below 200. You read that right 500 units daily. When I was pregnant with caden I was so thankful for the pump because it really helps me stay in the perfect range for a healthy baby and only having to take 1 shot every 3 days was good for me. But while in the hospital after having him I ended up with a staph infection at the injection site. I was back in the hospital when he was 9 weeks old and again when he was 14 weeks old. Both times on IV antibiotics and I had to come off the pump forever. Sadly this means no more babies for me simply due to the high risk of having super high blood sugars during the pregnancy. The pump can be great but it is a VERY PERSONAL choice and one that can be made later in life if needed. Daily shots really are just fine and as long as it works for Craig he will do great with them. I think of you guys often and pray daily for you and the kids. I have to say I know I'm only looking in from the outside but I think you are all doing great with this change. It doesn't matter what anyone else says (diabetic or not) the kids are living their life and your family knows what to do for your family's needs. Stay strong but most of all enjoy life :)