Hello Everyone, I am new to the diabetes community and I really need some advice. I am the mother of a 7 yr old type 1 diabetic now for 4 yrs. We have been very blessed from what everyone we know with diabetes has said. He has been on 2 shots of NPH a day since his diagnosis: morning shot 8 units and afternoon shot of 4 units. Humalog has always been an issue for him when we used it. His numbers dropped so quickly it was scary. So we have avoided humalog for about 3½ years. His control has been amazing with A1C levels being the highest at 7.2 and as low as 6, up until now.
He has had some major highs for several weeks now. After learning he is in a growth spurt, my doctor (who I absolutely love and trust) has suggested three possible treatments.
Continue with the regiment of two shots daily with this adjustment: 10 NPH mixed w/ 1 unit of Humalog in the morning and 6 NPH mixed w/ 1 unit of Humalog in the afternoon.
Go to 4 shots a day of fast acting insulin
Switch to the One Touch Ping pump made by Animas
My husband and I are going with option 1 for now but we really feel we need to consider fully the pump option. Our son DOES NOT want 4 shots a day and I don’t want to see him have to go that route. Not to mention, people struggle taking a child with special needs that are life threatening for a couple hours or for a night. He wants so badly to have sleepovers and just be able to be with friends and family without Mom and Dad hovering around. I can’t say I blame him. That doesn’t make for a very “normal” life. This is why the Ping pump sounds so interesting to us. What scares us though is it uses all fast acting insulin and as stated early he doesn’t do very well with it.
We know absolutely nothing about pumps except what I can find through the Animas website and brochures. What I want are reviews from people using the Ping and thoughts from people who have had to make decisions like this. Any response would be greatly appreciated and valued. Keep in mind with all the crazy number of 300’s and 400’s for two weeks our son’s A1C actually went down from 7.2 to 6.5. Crazy stuff!!! However, the humalog really does affect him greatly. He had a low today of 52 with only one unit of humalog and exercise. Currently we use the Freestyle Flash meter and like it. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.