Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Looking forward

Well, Riley's first endo appointment is only 3 days away. I'm excited and scared all at the same time. I feel like I've finally got somewhat of a grasp on what I'm doing. I'm scared they are going to change everything around on me. Riley asked me yesterday when he was going to get "that hook thing" so that he could get insulin and not have to take shots. He was talking about the pump. I quickly told him that he would still have to get stuck with a needle at least every three days. "But, no more shots?", he asked. How do you argue with that? How do I tell him that he has to keep taking shots because the Dr. doesn't want him on a pump yet? How do you tell him that without him being mad at the Dr.? If there are any parents out there with young kids on the pump, I would love to hear your stories. I want Riley on the pump, but I want to make sure I'm making the right decision. I want to hear the good and the bad. I want to make an informed decision. Then, I'll know whether to push for the pump or not. Well, I'll let ya'll know how the appointment goes.


Allison said...

I love pumps. But I was 15 when I went on it, so I can't help you.

Oh, and just as a warning: Diabetes changes. A lot. Well, the principle doesn't change (you're still stuck with an nonfunctioning pancreas). But childhood and adolescents will always cause Riley's insulin requirements to change periodically (sometimes really frequently, sometimes not-so-frequently).

The key, m'dear, is to learn the skills to do self-adjustments and adapt. That really is the necessary tool of survival.

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