Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Alexis wants to know...

My fellow D-mom blogger, Alexis had a few questions a few weeks ago (sorry I'm a bit slow at getting to these things, trying to spend less time on the computer is good in many ways but I do get behind with my blogging)

For informative purposes: Rebekah "Bekah" age 7 Type 1 since March 8, 2010

When did you guys start pumping? August 2010 (she rocks the animas ping in pink with a pink and purple camo skin) We also use the pink straight in insets. 

What do you use to change sites? Whats your "process"?  Bekah pulls off the old site (sometimes she needs an alcohol wipe to help) while I get the cartridge ready, she places a new site (no cream etc) while I prime the tubing etc,  we plug in and prime the cannula then she gets to pick a prize (I keep a box of silly bandz, sugar free gum, chap stick, nail polish etc.)

How often do you check ketones? 2 or more 300+ BG readings or illness

When do you do an unscheduled site change? 2 or more 300+ BG readings or if it gets pulled off

Whats your childs target? 120 during the day and 150 at night

What was your childs last A1C? 6.8

What kind of strips do you use? One touch

Which do you prefer? we only used the TRUE system before One Touch and it did have some advantages in that it sort of wicked the blood up better and we had less errors but I love that with One touch I can keep glucometers everywhere becuase the minis are so easy to come by and we get samples for free at the endos office

What kind of Peanut Butter do you use? My hubby and kids are JIF creamy only fans I can't get away with buying anything else for them but I prefer Almond butter for myself

Do you allow juice when not low? I am phasing it out a little.  It is the one food that I said I wouldn't take away from Bekah when she was dx because she has always been a juice lover .  I have found lots of carb free options that are taking the place of juice like sugar Free Hawaiian Punch and recently I found a juice box at Costco that is both fruit and veggie that she loves (Fruitables) I don't use these to treat low BG but they are portioned at 15 carbs

Do you still check your child at night? Yep at 12AM and 3AM

What is your rule on sweets? I figure sweets are something that she will have to deal with her whole life and I don't want to make them taboo, causing her to think she has to sneak etc so we do treats in moderation.  I put a Hershey's kiss in her lunch everyday.  I would do that if she didn't have D.  I want her to realize that sweets are ok and try to keep her from binging on holidays because she has felt deprived of sweets. 

Regular pasta or whole wheat? We use whole wheat

What about veggies and fruits? My kids could live on fruit.  I am trying to get some good habits to stick so we have a sticker chart and the kids get a sticker for every three servings of veggies they eat.  I keep a veggie tray out for snacking and try to serve at least 1-2 veggies with dinner each night. 

White bread or whole wheat? We do both and go back and forth (I only eat wheat but my hubby will only eat white) the kids always have the choice of which kind they want.

Do you use glucose tabs? yes but not often

What do you use to treat lows? Starbursts, smarties, jelly beans, juice (JJ 15 carb boxes), glocose tabs on occasion

What does your child use to hold their pump/cgm?  We have a zipps, a tummietote and a too sweet pouch (a girl's gotta be able to mix and match with the outfit of the day)

Now for some great pics of my hero:



  1. I love the idea of a prize box after a set change!

  2. great pics :) I just got my Alexis meme up today to :)

  3. She is so cute! AND so are you!!! Love this. Joe loves Starbursts and Juicy Juice too for his lows. I need to get on this one too. I am so far behind.

  4. I just wrote my Alexis meme and need to post it.

    You and I think alike when it comes to sweets.