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Re: [IP] Can I Try That Vacation Again?(Erica's Excellent? Adventure)


Sorry to hear about Erica's problems on vacation.  I sure
hope she is feeling better soon.

Here's hoping part 2 of your vacation is GREAT!


--- Duck And Barb <email @ redacted> wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> We are between trips and are enjoying a few laid back
> days at home. We
> need them!
> Unless you are really bored, looking for a tale of woe,
> or just willing
> to hear about our misadventures...you might want to skip
> this <vbg>
> First and foremost YES we still love that pump that Erica
> her, as it was a Godsend during the first travelling part
> of our
> vacation...but it did want to let us know we were still
> learning.
> As you might remember....we had a great endo appointment
> the morning we
> began travelling.  The letter has since arrived at home
> and states in
> part "This (the minimed 507C) has been beneficial to both
> her diabetes
> control as well as her emotional wellbeing.  I would
> strongly recommend
> that the pump be continued and that the insurance company
> cover the
> expenses that are incurred"  We will be forwarding it to
> the insurers
> very soon!  The doctor reminded me that she still is not
> a pump
> 'advocate', but in cases where it has been proven to work
> she is very
> supportive.  The people around here need more information
> before they
> start pumping and a great support group like the IP, that
> is the
> difference between success and failure
> Anyway....
> 1.  Left town after specialist's appointment and
> thoroughly enjoyed
> stopping whenever and wherever we WANTED to, not where
> time dictated we
> had to.  Arrived at relatives early evening (they live in
> a small town)
> and stayed up LATE! Rolled into bed.   Off to a great
> start.
> 2.  5:30 am Erica arrives in bedroom crying.  Sore ear. 
> Gave her
> tylenol, got two more hours sleep but she woke up in
> tears again..  This
> is not fair...poor little thing.
> 3.  7:30 am called local teeny hospital and asked if a
> doctor was on
> call yet.  They held one for us until we got there (she
> was just about
> to leave I guess and next one wouldn't be in for 3-4 hrs)
> and we were so
> thankful for them.  I guess knowing we were from out of
> town PLUS having
> a diabetic child with a problem might help in situations
> like this.
> 4.  Met lovely young female doc who oohed and aahed over
> the pump.  She
> thought it was wonderful....think we could convince her
> to become an
> endo?  Anyway, ear infection, and we drove directly to
> pharmacy.  Off to
> the family cottage 1 1/2 hrs away.
> 5.  WILD RIDE WITH THE SUGARS!!  Boy, I didn't realize
> how much they
> could mess up the numbers.  Erica hasn't had an infection
> for YEARS!!
> At first I kept thinking I must be messing up the sites
> as the first one
> I took out after the infection started was CRIMPED!  That
> is a rareity,
> but we figured we might as well use the black cloud to
> the fullest
> extent :)   Then for the first time ever hubbie put in a
> site that
> wasn't deep enough and didn't work well at all, we were
> lucky she got
> any insulin at all.  Another first....yippee<g>   
> So....more site
> changes and then we were changing sites that appeared
> great.  After
> finally increasing her basal rates to  almost double at
> times, we got
> sugars under control (somewhat) and stopped poking the
> poor child
> unnecessarily.  Back to 3 day site changes P H E W !  
> Just another one
> of those EXPERIENCE things that noone can really teach
> you.
> 6.  One evening while we were at the family cottage in
> Cape Breton, Nova
> Scotia,we watched a storm approaching far in the distance
> over the
> mountains and across the lakes.  We had the freakeist
> storm hit us with
> a vengeance.  I am not pulling a fish story here when I
> say the
> hailstones were clear ice and were as big as
> marbles...easily.  We
> thought every window in the cottage and vehicles would be
> broken...IT
> WAS TERRIFYING!    Such a hot hot day, then the hail and
> torrential
> rain.  The girls were crying, my husband was videotaping
> it through the
> lightening and it was the talk of the news for a few
> days.
> 7.  Heat wave hits and we are all basting, thank God for
> the lakes.
> They are saltwater lakes and are absolutely gorgeous and
> clean. Erica
> and Kristen are having a great time. BUT....
> 8.  Ear infection is still causing the odd ache and I
> take her into the
> poor GP who gave us the diabetes diagnosis when we were
> on vacation in
> the same area 7 years ago.  He remembers us :-)    Ear
> infection is
> still red, not an angry red, but red nevertheless and he
> prescribes an
> ear drop antibiotic to help win the battle.  Sugars are
> still all over
> the board.
> 9.  Things are finally settling down a bit, the day
> before we have to
> come back home.  Then BEEP BEEP BEEP!!!   Erica comes
> running 'No
> Delivery Alarm'.   Oh joy!!  Another first!!   After
> changing the site
> and seeing that it looks great, I realize that I probably
> should have
> checked that the line itself wasn't crimped under her
> tight bathing
> suit.  She hadn't taken her pump off yet as we weren't
> going to the
> beach for a little while.  I think that was another
> unnecessary change
> but we will know better the next time.
> 10.  On the way home.....everything working great, sugars
> are settling
> nicely back into a better range although we are still
> running a higher
> temp basal and she see her own GP tomorrow.  We are now
> home, the heat
> is unbearable, in the 90's with high humidity and we are
> going for a
> drive now to cool down.
> So.....can I please try that part of our vacation again??
> On a lighter note....we are heading out again on Thursday
> to meet up
> with a mom and her pumping son.  They were so helpful in
> relieving some
> of our anxiety on startup day.  We have met some
> wonderful friends.
> This time we will be taking a ferry ride 2.5 hours and I
> think  I will
> call Lloyds of London and take out sinking ferry
> insurance!!  I will
> pack an inflatable boat LOL.
> Well, time to let you off the hook.  Let's hope the next
> trip is very
> BORING...I can handle boring....really.....I can....  :-)
> Barb....Erica's mom
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