Thursday, December 17, 2015


Yes, he is 12.  Yet, it's already on his mind; driving and diabetes.  In particular, lows and driving and the impact of those two potentially dangerous things occurring simultaneously.

"If it's a long road trip... like a few hours, I think I'll stop and check every hour... does that sound good?"

"Yeah, Bud, that sounds like a good plan."

"I would never want to hurt someone."

"I know."

"You take good care of diabetes.  When it's time, we will ask your doctor about it.  I know you will be responsible."

"Would I go to jail?"

"For what?"

"If I caused an accident."

"Because of a low?"


"I don't think so ..  I really don't know."

"Hurting or killing someone else ... " His conversation trailed off.  He shook his head and looked out the car window.

All of these years have been spent caring for him and worrying for his well being, his safety, his psycho-social-emotional health in dealing with a somewhat micro-managed day-in-the-life.  Am I teaching him well?  Will he eventually get the hang of it all?  Will he make safe decisions?  The driving and the college years have started to seep into my thoughts.  I suppose it should not surprise me he has some concern over his increasing independence and the responsibilities that accompany it. 

Realizing how his day-in-the-life could harm others.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Pump Chucking

As I picked up the pizza-grease-laden pump (yes, as in insulin pump), I outwardly sighed and firmly stated "we are having a 'family moment' here".

I may or may not have said something about "losing my $*%#" at some point during this story.

I was driving.

I was driving like highway speed. 

I missed the lobbing of the pump, but I had a feeling it was coming.  Joe was frustrated.

He had just played a 45 minute hockey game.  His team hosted a Canadian team.  As the host team, we provided pizza, brownies, and drinks for both teams.  Joe's team loitered about the pizza table for quite awhile, waiting for the Canadian team to join them after the game.

Joe was hungry.  He skated hard.  His blood sugar was dropping.

I asked Joe to check a blood glucose.  He sat down to do so.  His POD and PDM started donging off; the bad-kind-of-donging-off that means the POD has failed.  The warning message was something about the time needing to be re-set on the pump.  Joe attempted to re-set the time.  Well, when you re-set the time, the POD gets deactivated. This is a new one on me. 

Joe wanted to eat.  He needed a new pump site (or to inject insulin, which he refuses to do) in order to eat the 3 slices of pizza and brownie that occupied his plate.  He was not impressed.  Guess what, I was not overly-psyched either.

Joe did not want to insert a new site at the rink.  He asked if he could do it in the car.  Fine.  He grabbed his food and we made a bee-line to the car.

I was holding the food hostage in the passenger seat, as Joe got his pump site changed.  I was driving.  He filled his POD with insulin.  He then said something about the time on the PDM being "a.m." and not "p.m.".  It was 12:58p.m. in the afternoon.

"Joe, you cannot leave it at a.m."

"Why not?"

"All.Of.Your.Settings.Will.Be.Wrong." (basals/carb ratios/ corrections - everything)

"Let me just insert the POD, it's fine."

"No.  The a.m. needs to be changed to p.m."

"But then the POD will be deactivated again.  I don't have another POD."

I think this is where the pump was "greased".  I asked to see it; the PDM. Yes, the driving on the highway was still happening.   Joe chucked the pump to the front seat.  I looked over to the passenger seat and the pump was plopped atop a slice of greasy cheese pizza.

Desperation.  He just wanted to eat his pizza and brownie.  I got it.  He was hungry.  We were over 30 minutes away from home.  He opted out of spending extra time with his teammates and the Canadian team, due to not wanting to deal with the pump site change at the rink.

The pump was handed back to Joe.  I requested he wipe off the grease. 

"Joe.  Check a number."

He did.  A "116" was called up to the front seat from the back.


"Go ahead and eat.  We will put in a pump right when we get home and bolus then."

He ate.

He was 70-something when we arrived home.

Joe inserted a new site.

He bolused.

A day-in-the-life of pump chucking, because sometimes diabetes plain ol' kinda sucks.