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Re: [IP] Should have taught my son to use the pen!


I think that all children that have diabetes sometimes forget some of the
basics, I know Eve does. We call this the 'You forgot your brain somewhere'.
She comes back with ' you forget to buy a new one for me'. We  try to add
some  humor to the situation. Since being on the pump she has many times
forgotten to bolus. Eve was one month shy of being 12 when she was trained
on the pump. The mm trainer had her do everything. We also told Eve that she
had to know this b/c she would be going to Girl Scout camp and would have to
do this on her own we could not come and do it for her. I know what is like
to think you have covered all the basics and something goes wrong.

Deborah mom to Eve 12
DXed 5/3/96 pumping 5/21/99

-----Original Message-----
From: email @ redacted <email @ redacted>
To: email @ redacted <email @ redacted>
Date: Saturday, August 07, 1999 6:52 PM
Subject: [IP] Should have taught my son to use the pen!

>My son went to a water park this week with camp.  He ate lunch before going
>on any of the slides etc...so he got in that bolus .  He disconnected
>getting wet.  Apparently on the first ride, his whole site came loose and
>came out.  He's 11.5  (pumping 4+ yrears) and hasn't been willing to put in
>the site himself.  (He still wants the EMLA for an hour).  Before he left
>house that morning, I showed him the new Lilly Humalog Disposable pen and
>to use it, but he hadn't ever injected himself.  He checked his bg when he
>got on the bus to go home from the water park and it was 106.  So he
>all was well , no big deal.  I didn't hear from him so I assumed all was
>well.  I arrived at the camp after he had already been back over 45
>He was agitated and in a bad mood.  In our van he tested his blood and it
>up to 276.  He said it never occurred to him to test his bg again and he
>didn't think to give himself insulin, after all, an hour or so ago it had
>been 106.  He's had diabetes for 10+ years.  I hoped he knew enough to take
>the pen and give himself a little insulin since he was disconnected and not
>getting any insulin while sitting still.  He really had never given himself
>injections even before going on the pump.  Now I know, he has to be trained
>to use the pen with confidence for those special times when the pump just
>isn't attached or isn't functioning.   I really felt like I failed teaching
>him the basics when this happened.  I hope this will help empower others to
>learn from my mistake.
>I'm beginning to think  Sega Dreamcast will be the ticket to getting him to
>take over the site insertions before the end of the millenium.   Do the
>on the young pumpers list talk about learning to insert the infusion sets
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