Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Control, it's a funny thing.
With the pump I have more control (hate that word & diabetes in the same sentence but here we go anyways) I have more control over diabetes with the pump. I have the control to pull back or increase the smallest amounts of insulin and at very specific times of the day, I have the control to split up a percent of the total amount of insulin and give it to Cara in separate intervals. I have the control to increase or decrease bolus ratios and basal amount, I have the control to suspend the insulin, to change her correction or sensitivity ratio to insulin and I have the control to change it all at a second thought and decided I'm not going to do what the pump tells me I'm doing my own thing at this specific time...There is a lot that I can control using a pump to better care for Cara.
However the one thing that I find myself struggling with now is having THAT control...that is...self control. I need the self control to STOP making so many changes so fast without seeing any trends forming. I find myself thumbing through Cara's meter, thinking if I just tweak this a little or that and this a lot her numbers will be perfect and there I go...no self control, no ability to take a step back.
In this race to win and beat diabetes I'm behaving like an addict looking for her next fix. The perfect number is my high and insulin is my drug but it is not my body that I'm injecting and playing with it's my daughters.
I thumb through that damn meter and I know I have the power, the power to change that number but I'm not sure what caused that number, is it the weather? activity? a trend? growth spurt? sickness? stress? excitement?...I don't 100% know all the information.
I COULD be right, I could be making the right decision in my tweaky little brain and getting that perfect number will give me the rush that I need, the F U diabetes that I need for that day...I Can Do This...I can beat you. This is what I'm looking for. However I could very well be jumping the gun...I have, and some times it results in a low. I have my fingers on the buttons and I'm pushing them like a mad man...I need to stop and look for trends...3 day trends, reasons for that number before I go jumping on my high horse and making changes that I should not be changing.
BUT GOSH THAT IS SOOO HARD...especially when you have all the answers...like me! :) (JOKE, it's a joke)
Sunday, May 20, 2012
LINK LIST Saturday Snapshots - Saturday 5/19
Back for the third year, let’s show everyone what life with diabetes looks like! With a nod to the Diabetes 365 project, let’s grab our cameras again and share some more d-related pictures. Post as many or as few as you’d like. Feel free to blog your thoughts on or explanations of your pictures, or leave out the written words and let the pictures speak for themselves.
|about 2 months before Cara was dx, she was VERY sick|
|and this is about 3 months after she was dx. Amazing what a little insulin will do!|
|Our 1st World Diabetes Day|
|The 1st time I realized diabetics protect their fingers while sleeping.|
|Cara's 1st tummy shot|
|Our 1st JDRF walk|
|and our 2nd|
|Our 1st year walk team|
|Our 2nd year walk team|
|Our 1st JDRF outreach events that we attended|
|A few weeks after dx with her new found fav drink Crystal Light|
|After dx with Lyme Disease|
|Our new addition to the fam with Cara|
|Our trip to a indoor water park where I 1st witnessed how Cara's eyes light up when she meets another T1|
|Our 1st sickness & trouble with ketones|
|Our 1st D anniversary vacation|
|My very 1st FIGHT and advocacy work for rights for Cara. Schools and type 1 are a very troublesome issue in Canada|
|Our 2nd sickness, getting fluids in the hospital|
|First time with a CGM borrowed from our D clinic|
|and this is why!|
|Cara is not always happy...|
|Our first BIG family Trip to Disney|
|The 1st school field trip I attended with Cara (see us sitting in the very back)|
|and the car that hit the bus on my very 1st field trip while Cara & I were sitting in the very back|
|Our 3rd JDRF walk|
|Cara's 1st pump|
|Our 1st FFL|
|Meeting wonderful peeps at FFL|
|Our 1st meet up Chris Jarvis & Dessi Zaharieva from I Challenge Diabetes|
|Our 1st diabetes postcard|
|Cara's 1st tummy site with the pump|
|1st year doing Trailnet and the news, 7 negative and 1 positive...Connor|
|eating & bolusing|
|My very 1st meet up with a Dmama the wonderful Lora, My Diabetic Child|
|Our 1st gusher|