I can finally say with confidence that we’re having success with the pump now. Still making adjustments to the basal overnight (we keep getting morning lows) but it does seem to be working well now that we got those defective reservoirs out of the picture.
I had an interesting encounter this morning. Mom, the boys and I all went to a restaurant for breakfast, and as I always do, I asked the waitress to bring Eric exactly 1 cup of milk, specifying that I wanted it measured. She gave me that “what are you, some sort of wacko?” look that prompts me to explain that Eric has diabetes so I need to keep careful track of what he eats, and upon hearing that she expressed surprise that one so little should have diabetes. I never miss a chance to broaden horizons so I explained that more and more children are being diagnosed younger and younger, and that I’d heard of children even younger than Eric being diagnosed, too.
Just after the waitress left, a man in a booth nearby leaned over and said he’d heard what I had told the waitress, and wanted to know how it was I’d figured out that Eric had diabetes. I explained to him about the symptoms and gave an on-the-spot tutorial about Type 1 diabetes. They were fascinated by the insulin pump. Not long after, as the man was leaving with his wife and kids, he turned back and said, “It’s amazing to me that a parent can do what you’re doing. Keep up the good work.” I’m not sure why it was so touching coming from this total stranger–the sincerity in his face, maybe–but I almost cried.
Man, but it’s been a tough 11 months! And yet it’s so much easier now than it was those first two weeks. I do know that I couldn’t do it without everyone on this site!