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Isa and her OmniPod

Isabella’s OmniPod pump arrived today!! We are excited and a little bit terrified at the same time. While we know that the pump will enable even better and tighter control of her glucose levels, it also means that we have to start over and learn a new system and new routine.

When Isa was first diagnosed about a year ago, we left the hospital wondering how in the world we would ever remember everything we had learned during our 4-day crash course type 1 diabetes training in which we learned about proper meal planning, counting carbs, checking glucose, and applying just the right amount of insulin.

Over the past year we have become experts at all of these things. We can tell you the carb count of a waffle, a piece of bread, animal crackers, and a glass of milk. We can also tell you how much insulin we need to inject to combat these life threatening carbs (and to hopefully prevent the insulin injection itself from becoming life threatening).

This has become our system…our daily routine. Our daily struggle with type 1 diabetes is successfully managed, controlled and contained within 12 months of learning this system and routine.

Now we start over. And we are very excited about the improvements this will bring to Isa’s glucose control and her quality of life (essentially replacing 4 injections per day with the equivalent of only 1 every three days!). But, we are also a little scared about moving out of the comfort zone of our daily routine and starting over with a new, untested (at least for us!) system.

However, we have also become experts at dealing with challenges, facing them head on and successfully overcoming them. This will be no different. We will face this new challenge head on and we know we will all be just fine! Especially little Isa! So bring on the uncertainty, a new routine and a new system…we can do this!

On a side note…Isa was playing outside with her brother and sister when Kristina yelled out to her, “Isa, your pump arrived!” Isabella replied, with quite a bit of emotion, “my cupcake arrived!?!?!” She obviously has much more important things on her mind!

-Greg

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