Diabetes is always here.
I wake up to diabetes before I wake up to my children. The 1st thing I do with my sleepy eyes and groggy head is check Nate's blood sugar then bolus for breakfast. Obviously I eat, breathe and sleep diabetes but it's all routine.
It's become part of our lives.
Eat. Sleep. Bolus.
It's just become pretty routine.
Not always an easy routine but after 2 years it's become routine nonetheless.
But every 3rd day . . .
I dread the 3rd day.
Pod change day.
We have to change Nate's pod every 3 days. It's not hard.
You take it out, fill it up, prime it, stick it on and POP it. Sounds easy enough right?
I dread pod change day.
It has nothing to do with the OmniPod. I think I would hate site change day even more if we didn't have the OP but I really just dread the 3rd day.
I usually change Nate's pod at night when he is sleeping (see videos below for why). Maybe because it is the end of the day, I'm tired and it's just one more thing I have to do. Or maybe it's because I can't stand the smell of insulin, or looking at the big giant syringe that fills the pod. It could be because I know how much Nate hates this day. He screams, he cries, he begs and pleads. I take it in stride but I think maybe that could be what makes me dread it so much. Even when he is sleeping and he barely stirs --- I know. I know how much he hates it.
Every 3rd day I also give thanks for the wonderfulness of the OmniPod. This wonderful little medical device makes the days in between pod change days so much more bearable.
Bittersweet loving something so much that keeps my son alive yet causes him such anguish.
Warning: This video is hard to watch. We had to do 2 pod changes in 1 day (Nate and Pancake were playing a little too rough and we lost a pod). Nate was tired and absolutely did not want to have his pod put on him. I've worn the pod on numerous occasions and although there is a loud pod when the needle inserts the cannula for me the pain in more like a small (very bearable) pinch. Granted --- I am a 38 year old woman and he is a 3 year old little boy.
Afterwards I asked him a few questions:
Keep calm and OmniPod on . . .