Well, it's that time of year again: I need to think about what kinds of goals I want to make for myself. One of the major things on my mind is helping Kaitlyn to begin to learn how to operate her insulin pump. For so long, I have felt that she wasn't old enough to understand how to use her pump safely and that it wouldn't be wise to try to teach her. I think we've finally come to the point now where it would be a good idea to get started. It's funny, Kaitlyn always surprises me with how capable she is and what things she can learn. I think that taking this next step will give her a sense of accomplishment and help her begin to understand what she needs to do to responsibly manage her blood sugar.
I have to admit, I also have another motive for wanting to teach Kaitlyn to operate her pump. My oldest son, Daniel, is really growing into a mature and responsible kid, and I look forward to the day that I will have a built-in babysitter. I can practically taste the freedom that will come from being able to run out to the grocery store without having to have five kids in tow!
Of course, a couple of major things need to happen though before that can happen. For starters, Daniel needs to be familiar with how to give correction doses, bolus for meals and handle emergencies -- especially diabetes-related ones. Secondly, Kaitlyn needs to learn how to operate her pump, give correction doses, bolus for meals, and read nutrition information on food packages, and to begin to understand how to estimate carbs when nutrition facts aren't available.
I have several ideas for how I'm going to help Kaitlyn accomplish this goal:
Of course, this is going to take lots of time and practice. Slowly, I'll let her do more and more, and eventually she'll be able to tell me about something she wants to eat, how many carbs she's getting and how much insulin the pump is giving her. I know she can do it!
Editor's note: To find out more about transitioning to an insulin pump, click here for information from Lilly and Medtronic on WebMD.
About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.