Friday, August 15, 2008

Prelude to a Pump

Wednesday we went to a pump information class at Children's Hospital. There were only a couple of us there, so we were able to ask lots of detailed questions, which was very helpful. It seems like the pump will make life more "normal" on some levels, and a little more complicated on other levels. But it looks like the way to go.

I don't know if any of you ever watched the Pee Wee Herman show years ago. Sometimes the doorbell would ring and Pee Wee would open the door to see a man with an extremely large head, who would start talking about some limited time offer, and Pee Wee would run away, shouting, "SALESMAN! SALESMAN!"

That's almost what it was like when the time came for the sales guys to enter the room. Okay, not quite. However, even though I believe the salespeople were warned not to do a hard sell, the sales patter flowed quickly. It was difficult, at the end of the evening, too keep it all straight in my head. Which infusion set goes with what pump? What features does the Cozmo have? The Minimed? Luckily, I didn't run screaming like Pee Wee.

We walked away with a sample Omnipod. Daniel likes the thought of the Omnipod because there's no tubing. I liked the Minimed because of the CGMS (continuous glucose monitoring system), but I also have to check with our insurance company to see if they would cover the sensors for that. I know there's a major fight going on to push for universal coverage of sensors. Time for us to get political.

In the meantime, our pump nurse had Daniel try out an infusion set. It took a minute for him to get the nerve up to press the button to set it. When he gives himself his shots, he gently feels around with the tip of the needle to find the "right" place, and that's not an option with a spring-loaded needle. But he was surprised that he hardly felt anything, and that the cannula that remains under his skin is quite comfortable. He's supposed to wear the infusion set for 3 days. After that, he's going to try the sample Omnipod on his arm.

It's all very bionic-mannish right now; however, I know we'll get used to it just as we've gotten used to shots & blood sugar tests. One more new and exciting kind of normal for us.


Jillian said...

So you are heading down the pumping road? I didn't think Daniel was into the idea before, but obviously things have changed. I'm looking forward to seeing which pump you pick! I'm sure the OC with be able to share lots of personal opinions to help you out along the way.

Naomi said...

Hi Jillian! Yes, things have changed. He's tired of all the shots. He also might be interested to talk to you about how you like your pump!

Cara said...

I think it's wonderful that you are looking into pumping. It's so convenient for me. I wish I'd gone on the pump years ago, instead of waiting until I was 25. Sigh.
I hope it all works well for you guys. I'm anxious to see which pump you and Daniel choose.

Cara said...

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If you look under my pictures, there is a cake folder. :) Then you can see pictures.

Lisa said...

Good luck with your pump decision. We just started on the Omni Pod in June and we love it! It has truely changed our lives. It is much, much easier. If you have any questions about the Omni Pod that you think I can answer from a Mom's point of view please feel free to e-mail me!

Naomi said...

Lisa, thanks so much!! I read your blog about starting the Omnipod and it really helped. I'd love to talk to you about it.