Sunday, March 17, 2013

New sites, spikes & dance classes

It has been almost 5 weeks since Monkey started on her pump and things have been going well.  We have had some ups and downs but for the most part very well.  When Monkey starting pumping we were using tummy sites only.  Last week we ventured into leg territory and so far so good.  The only thing that I have noticed is that we can't seem to be able to get 3 days out of a leg site.  We seem to be stuck on 2 days for leg sites but I will take 2 days if it gives us more site options.

We got the ok to start flexing Monkey's carbs a week and a half ago and are loving it.  Monkey loves not having to eat a set amount and not having to eat at set times.  We were also allowed to reintroduce snacks so that made for a happy girl as well.  Now if only we could beat that damn breakfast spike!!!  Oh well.  We are currently experimenting with a combination of changes to her breakfast carb ratio as well as her post breakfast basal rate.  We just made more changes on Friday afternoon so hopefully by mid next week we will see some positive results.  If anyone has any suggestions I'd LOVE to hear them!

Monkey started back to her dance classes last week after a month away.  (Combination of pump training, stat holiday & stomach flu).  We set a 50% temp basal to start an hour before her classes and kept it going for 2 1/2 hours after words.  This was the first time she didn't need between 30 & 40g of carbs to keep her going (along with reduced bolus at supper) and her teacher commented that this was the most focused that she has ever been during dance class!  Her numbers stayed pretty steady through the night but she did wake up low the next morning.  Next week I think I will try keeping the temp basal for a couple hours longer afterwards and see how that goes.

JDRF Edmonton has a Walk to Cure Diabetes in June and we are going to enter a team.  I haven't figured out all the details yet but since this will be our first walk I just want to make it a positive experience for Monkey.  We have also decided to try and make it work so we can go to FFL in Orlando in 2014!  Hopefully FFL Canada as well next year.  Hopefully FFL Canada will be on the west coast in 2014 which will make it much easier to attend since plane tickets to Vancouver from Edmonton are usually fairly inexpensive.  Hoping that we will be able to meet some other D-families!

Nothing else really happening here.  Looking for to spring break in a week and hoping that the snow will disappear soon.  I am really getting tired of shoveling.  I can't wait to see some green grass and start playing in the veggie garden!!



  1. My daughter is 4yrs old and we too only get 2 days from leg sites. I think that the leg muscles must hit the cannula and bend it a little when the kiddos are active. We started doing a +30% basal an hour before breakfast to help with the spike. Maybe that can help you guys too. I'm glad the pump is helping her focus for dance. We love pumping.

  2. I'm originally from Vancouver and I hope they do the next FFL there too. It would be so fun to go to it in my hometown!

    Btw, we also have a mini scale my mom bought for us. It fits in my daughters diabetes bag and goes everywhere with us!