We had our 2nd Endo appt. on Monday and it was not at all as bad as our 1st one. We did not have to take the girls this time so Jim was able to be with me & Nate the entire time. The appointment time was at the worst possible time (11:30 AM) but we planned on arriving early and feeding Nate in the waiting area. Well, you know how plans work out when you have 3 small kiddos - we ended up arriving just 15 minutes before the appointment and by the time we got checked-in they were already calling us back for the appointment. So, they checked Nate's bg at 11:30 and I was expecting that he was going low but when the meter read 40 I nearly fainted. He was acting totally normal - I honestly had no idea he was SO low! We gave some juice with his lunch and at next check he was a nice 150. It was a little embarrassing when they asked us if we thought we were getting a handle on knowing when Nate was high or low?!?! Ummm - not really! Oh well - that's why we check him so often. More on that in a moment.
Nate looks good; his A1C is 8.7 which is obviously a little higher than we would like it but not bad for 3-months into this disease. We took the Take Charge class last month and we are now scheduled to take the Pump It Up class on 2/9/2010. We will see how that goes and see what our insurance will cover and go from there. I'm excited and nervous about the pump all at the same time. We are just getting a handle on taking care of Nate with shots and his very strict schedule that has become part of our life - I'm not sure if I am ready for another major change in our lives.
On to testing, testing and more testing -
I noticed this week that we were on our last bottle of test strips so I called our mail order insurance company to order more. They arrived today. For some reason it made me nauseous and extremely sad when I looked at the number of strips that comes with a 3 month supply. Are you ready?? 1200! 12 freaking hundred test strips. I test my itty bitty baby boys' bg 10-12 times a day. Excuse me while I go vomit - it makes me so sick to think that from September 17th until today when I used the last strip in our original Rx we have checked Nate's bg 1200 times.
I am sad that I have used 1200 test strips but am thankful that we have the supplies that we need to keep our son alive. It is not easy taking care of Nate, it is hard and some days it is all I can do to give him all of those shots and finger pricks but I do it. I do it every day. I do it when he sits still, I do it when he kicks me, and I do it when he screams and hits me, I do it every day to keep him alive and I do it because I love him to the moon and back and back again!