Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Well, that’s going to be new…

It was quite an exciting day for the Super family yesterday. We received an offer on our home and put in an application…for a diabetic pump.

Since Kyle was diagnosed with Type 1 back in May (cinco de mayo to be precise), we’ve gone through a life-changing experience. Every item of food revolves around needles and medicine and counting. I told my coworker this morning how we (or more he, as my math is a bit shaky at best) count carbs and have to also adjust his insulin based on his blood sugar, and she said, “How do people who don't do math do this? Or how do people who don’t care handle this?”

I just shrugged. 

This is a scary disease. All of our meals (okay, the majority of them, lol!) are based on how many carbs there are in that food. It’s become more normal for us, even in two months, which I’m so grateful for, but it’s still…scary.

The pump scares me. It’s permanent. I don’t like to think of such a permanency for a disease, but…he’s going to have this for the rest of his life, and this will make life so much easier for him. He won’t have to take five shots a day. He won’t have to run back to the house if he forgot a needle.

One of our friends has the pump and loves it. My cousin’s husband has the pump and loves it. Our doctors love it. His first nutritionist (and super amazing mom-to-be!) loves it. And she perhaps had the best advice:

“Yeah, it is scary. But do some research on it. Ask nurses, ask doctors, ask people who have it. See what they think and which one they use. Ask his doctor about it. Get all of your questions answered and see if you feel more comfortable.”

It’s nice to know that my fear is justified. And I did take her advice. I’ve done the research on the company’s websites, and we’ve asked everyone around us. I’m still hesitant, because this is a big deal, but I am more comfortable. My husband’s excited about it, and anything to make his already way-too-busy life a little simpler makes me excited as well.  

So. We’re getting a pump. 

9 comments:

misti said...

Sweeeet! I think he'll love it. And you too! Just don't let him become one of those people who use it as an excuse to eat like a college frat boy. Haha! Who are we kidding, he would never be that person! :)

Brooke said...

i'll tell you how lazy people/who just don't get it handle it - jay's pawpaw eats whatever he wants (current phase is dumdum suckers - a bagful at a time) and he copes by being cranky, stubborn and having blood sugar in the 400 way more often than is safe!

sara said...

did I ever tell you my mom has type 1? her day completely revolves around counting, getting supplies ready, making sure to eat on time. I have been trying to get her to look into the pump (after a couple of scary lows), but she is too fearful of it.

praying that the adjustment to the pump goes smoothly with as little frustration as possible!

septembermom said...

You guys make an amazing team! I'm so impressed how you are handling this big and often scary change so well. I hope that your hubby's transition to the pump goes well. Praying for you both :)

Mari said...

Hooray! My Heather is also Type 1 diabetic and she would never go back to life without a pump. It has made her life so much easier and her blood sugars are doing great!
I don't know anyone who doesn't like it and I hope Kyle loves it too!

Sara@TCme said...

I suck at math, and they thought I had gest.diabetes with Nina, so I know the counting carbs and eating properly, and when she came out I was relieved to be *ahem* done, but it made me wonder...how DO people live with this. I hate needles, and since like, I said, math is not my strong suite the pump sounds like a do-able solution. I'm proud of you guys for taking this scary news and moving forward. I will be praying for you guys.

I Wonder Wye said...

My 13 yr old niece was diagnosed this year and it's been rough for her. She loves the pump. I hope it works out well for him too...

Jana Davis said...

You are strong and you and Kyle always have the best attitude.

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