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Ping to Pod

When Luke was diagnosed at 14 months, we chose a pump within days while still in the hospital. I didn’t realize that this was unusual – many people still hear that they need to “master the basics” with shots before going on the pump. We were giving such tiny doses – even with compounded insulin – we could barely see them. Control was a joke, with BGs swinging easily from 40 to 400 (it was the first week after dx, but still…). We chose the pump with the smallest increments, the Animus. Two bonus features: we could bolus from the remote and it was waterproof.
And it has been a great little pump.
Well – not so little. Luke wore it in shirt pockets on his back, and he looked like a Jetsons kid sporting a jet pack. To hug Luke was to hug his pump. “Woah, did I just break something?” my brother-in-law startled after giving Luke a big hug.
Even stripped down to skivvies, our boy looked like a little Marlon Brando in his tight, stained wife-beaters that held the pump.
And there were the bubbles that had us priming every night.
And there were the basal changes that could only be made directly in the pump, often in the middle of the night, which meant rolling him on his side, fumbling under the PJs for the undershirt pocket, pulling out the pump to make edits, and wrestling the pump back into the pocket – without waking the boy.
And he needed his pump while swimming or we’d get highs afterward.
The last straw was that our insurance was soon to scale back, so just before Omnipod’s Cut the Cord program ended on Jan. 1, Luke became a Podder. Thanks to bloggers like Lorraine, Amy, Laura, Joanne, Hallie, Denise, and now Dawn and Stephanie (and older podders – Grace, Q, Stacey, I’m sure I’m missing some), I knew it could be done, limited real estate and all.
We’re just a couple days in, so who knows how this will go – I’ve heard the stories about squealing pods, inexplicable failures, skin rashes, no IOB for carb boluses, and am sure there will be some swearing down the line.
But this evening, whenever I hugged Luke, I felt – his back (the Pod is on his butt). And when he changed into pajamas, all I saw was – his slender back. I half expected to see moss. He walked around with his hand up his back for a while, rubbing absently. “Why the pod that’s all there is?” he asked. “That’s the pump?”
” Yep, bud, that’s all there is,” I said. “Want to keep it for a while?”
(Every time we had talked about the Omnipod with Luke, he had shaken his head and put insisted, “I want to wear the black pump all day and all night!” Don’t know where he gets that distrust of change.)
But he’s keeping an open mind, it seems. ” Yeah, it’s ok,” he said, and snuggled under the covers with a smile.
Fingers crossed…

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15 Comments Post a comment
  1. shannon #

    oh I am so happy for you… we have been pumping since Sept and we love it!! We switched from shots to it but both Brian (husband) and Joshua are using it. I know you must have been happy to see the flat back. I put Joshua in footed pjs the other day and was SOOO excited!!!

    January 14, 2012
  2. Great to hear a thumbs up – from two Podders! I can imagine the footed PJs and just a small bump on the butt. 🙂

    January 14, 2012
  3. Courtney #

    Oh good!!! Hope it goes well

    January 15, 2012
  4. Leighann of D-Mom Blog #

    We love the OmniPod. We’ve been using it for over two years, since my daughter was five. The reasons you list about him having to wear his previous pump in a pouch in the back of his shirt & having to give insulin from the pump were reasons we decided on a patch pump.

    You are a pro at pumping, so you’ll just have the adjustment to a different pump. But I think you’ll like using the PDM to do things remotely.

    Happy podding!
    -Leighann

    January 15, 2012
    • Right – how could I forget?
      Great that there are so many podders out there – thanks for the well wishes. 🙂

      January 15, 2012
  5. Nice post. Loved the details and writing. Hope the transition isn’t too tough. Glad he’s trying it out!

    January 15, 2012
  6. Hey there! We just switched from Animas too! Adam has been podding since December 16. We had a rough few weeks, but we are now finally in a great groove with the pod. Best thing is that Adam loves it and it has given him a lot more control – he loves to use the PDM and can now bolus himself, even though he is only 5. It’s great!

    January 15, 2012
  7. That’s the one we’re looking into for Z, just need his current Levimir dose to be high enough (on 2 units a day right now) since Pod doesn’t go down to low enough increments for us yet. I will say I’m scared to death to start pumping 😦

    January 15, 2012
    • We’re struggling with the increments, too – there’s one time of day when the Pod doesn’t quite go low enough for us (will cover with free carbs). You don’t need to start pumping if MDI is working – when we get repeated set failures, I sometimes wonder if it’s all that. Happy new year to you all!

      January 15, 2012
  8. well happy new year to you! new year new pump, right on! i know it’s daunting to start something new (i remember the anxiety we had when we switched from MDI to pump), but man aren’t we lucky to have the advice of those who have gone before us to draw on? yeah, rock on DOC!

    best of luck with the pod and i wish you many many more snuggly hugs! 😀

    January 15, 2012
  9. Denise, aka Mom of Bean #

    Here’s to a positive experience! It will take some getting used to, but it’s well worth it…in my opinion!

    January 15, 2012
    • Thanks, Denise and Shannon, for the well wishes!

      January 16, 2012
  10. My daughter has been wearing the pod since last June. Although we have had some failures along the way, we still love it! Happy podding!

    January 17, 2012
  11. Here’s hoping for a smooth transition! We switched to the pod from the ping about 6 months ago and we love it! I had the same feelings as you hugging her pump free body! She’s really small and it’s going just fine. She likes it better too- which is wonderful! I hope that you have the same wonderful experience as us and that it’s everything you want it to be!!

    January 17, 2012

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