So far, we have gone through Abbie’s story from the beginning. I explained our “denial” phase and how the next year seemed like the best and worst year ever. I have told you about our trials with her old endocrinologist. You been told about our fight with the insurance for her pump and her Dexcom. And then how we fought to advocate for our daughter at her school. I don’t want you to get the wrong impression, we LOVE Abbie’s school (well her Elementary school, we don’t know her Middle School yet). However, we wanted Abbie to know that she needed to fight for what believed in and what she needed.
As I told you she started out on a Tslim X2 back in October of 2018 and loved it. She chose the pump, mostly based on features and because of the ease of the face. It looks a lot like a phone. I was caught between the Tslim and the Omnipod but I was not the one that had to wear it and would ultimately be using it on a daily basis, so we let her make the final decision. She wore it with pride and the only time it caused her any kind of grief was at gymnastics when she had to unhook from it for an hour or when someone would ask about the tubing while she was waiting for her class to start.
This was from October all the way until summer hit. And that is when the major challenges set it. You see my daughters LIVE in the water during the summer. She discovered she had to unhook from the pump anytime she went near the water, which was every day. Then she could only be unhooked for an hour at a time before she had to hook back up to it. This began to get bothersome around the end of April just when the weather got warm enough to swim. I think the final straw for her was when she went to change her site one day and the infusion needle was bent but we were not aware. It caused her such excruciating pain. From that moment on she had such anxiety over doing site changes it was an ordeal each time.
I think it was around the middle of May that Abbie came up to me and told me she wanted to go back on shots. She said she was tired of being on a pump and having to unplug for swimming and other activities. I was okay with this but I knew it was not the only reason why she was saying these things. I knew it was the anxiety over the infusion changes that had her willing to go back to shots. So, I went looking again at other options even though I would be happy to let her be MDI if that is what she really wanted.
I immediately went back to the original option of Omnipod and got her a trial pod. She LOVED it. She liked the freedom of no tubes and she looked up the YouTube videos of the insertion and it looked so much easier to do. Now it was up to me to see how we could make this happen. As most of you know, when you choose a pump you have them for 4 years period, unless you pay out of pocket. I called her CDE and she got me in touch with their Omnipod Rep that very day. He told me that Omnipod works a little different and that if the insurance would be willing to switch the infusion sets over to Pods then all I would have to pay for out of pocket would be the Personal Diabetes Manager. I was pleasantly surprised to learn I would only need to pay $199 out of pocket for that and even that I could break up into monthly payments if I needed to. So, a little over 2 weeks later we had her new Omnipod system in hand and were off to training.
It has been about 2 months since then and we have even upgraded to their new Dash system since that one and I have to say Abbie is loving it. She has tried every site available to her and she hasn’t complained once. She loves the freedom that she can just hop in a pool and not have to worry about it.
This was just one more way I learned we as T1D parents have to fight for our kids… and another way Abbie had to learn to stand up for herself. She really had to look at what was important to her, figure out what she could live with and without, and decide if she wanted to stick with something or try something new.
So, folks, we are about 6 months into this blog and I have to say it has been a welcome outlet that I hoped it would be. I am hoping to have some new recipes coming in the next few days. I am sorry the posts have been few over the past couple weeks but we are working on remodeling our bathroom and it has been taking a lot of my time. As of this post, you are up to date! Woohoo! So, from here, I will be posting tidbits of things that I see are important, news facts, things that happen in our life etc.
If you have any suggestions for the blog… ideas on content or a post idea or something I need to look into, please send me a comment and I will be more than happy to look into it! Thanks for keeping up with us so far!