Monday, September 14, 2009
These last few weeks have been full of changes for us. The most important change is Cara has started school, J.K. (Junior Kindergarten) as we call it in Canada. And because of this I have been trying my hardest to get her BG number much lower in the mornings, when she would be at school. I think that her behavior is being greatly effected by her high BG numbers and I just wanted her to have a far and great start to her new school year. On September 3rd we (Cara and I) had an appointment with her Diabetes Clinic and we discussed changing Cara from NPH to Lantus. When Cara was diagnosed they put her on NPH because NPH and Novorapid can be mixed in the same syringe therefore Cara only needed 2 shots a day. But with that came a little less control and I found myself questioning every day what was I doing wrong to get all these high numbers. So it was time that we moved on and made the change to Lantus. Cara in now needing 4 shots a day, breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime but it is taking a toll on her little body, every time that I give her a shot there is less and less places that I feel I can do it. However with that comes amazing numbers I never thought the day would come that she would be in target ALL day long, what a great feeling!! On a number of occasions I have taken her meter out at the end of the day and said to my husband look at these great numbers and I will read the whole day off to him...it just feels so good that she is where she needs to be. On NPH we would on a good day maybe get 2-3 numbers on target but with Lantus we get those numbers all day. It did take a little tweaking about a weeks worth of changing Cara's Novorapid and Lantus amounts but for now I think we found a great balance.
With the change to Lantus we decided that we would try the pens instead of the syringes, the jury is out on that decision at the moment.
Pros: they are very easy to load and to dial up, easier to store then the syringes, I think that the needles are smaller and thinner therefore less pain for Cara.
Cons: they are a bit heaver then the syringe and bigger so it is harder to maneuver around a kicking and screaming child, sometimes we wonder if all her insulin has been injected.
But we will see, it may just take some getting use to. So Far So GOOD :)