Sunday, April 26, 2009

Water Day & A Few "Firsts"

It's a wonderful 90F here in Virginia! This is the first day we've been able to drag out all of the stuff to get wet.

We've also had a few more "firsts".
1. This is the first time we've had to deal with Herbie in the mix of a water day.
2. This is the first time we've used the "Disconnect" feature.
3. This is the first time we've dealt with swimming causing a low.

I had to refresh my brain from class about how to use the disconnect feature. When Kacey gets a bath, we just disconnect and she's only in the tub about 15min so we don't use that feature. Today, I knew we'd be outside for a little while so we set the pump to disconnect for 2 hours. After about an hour and a half of bouncing between swimming and running through the sprinkler, I told Kacey I thought she needed to test so we could be sure she wasn't going too high. Ummm..."Mommy Moronic Moment"...she won't go high because she is playing!! So she tests anyway ... 63 ....and she wasn't feeling a thing! So she stayed out of the water and we came inside to get something to eat. We decided to stay in and rest for a bit because once she was inside she started to feel the low. This is going to be a learning curve for us. It's going to take us some time to get used to dealing with Herbie & water days.

If any of you have any suggestions for water days, then I'd love them!

I thought Kacey would have a hard time dealing with being pulled away from the water but she did really well. She makes me so proud sometimes because during the times when she can't be "just a kid", she handles herself so mature. I did take a few minutes to smile because right after she disconnected, she took off running through the sprinkler and for once, diabetes didn't exist. Her BG was a 183, she had a smile on her face and she was being a kid! It's times like that that my heart feels so good :)


Shamae said...

I'm not sure how the Cozmo pump differs from the MM but with Syd we disconnect and suspend the pump. When we have gone swimming over the winter (indoor pools) we just keep her stuff near by and about every hour, unless she is symptomatic earlier, we check her and treat accordingly. We try not to disrupt things too much because, like you said, I like seeing her be a kid and don't like having to drag her away for stuff. Usually we would do a juice box or something quick so she could get back to the fun sooner. :D

Wendy said...

We disconnect Addy an hour at a time -- we give the full 50% of missed basal, and her activity level is usually sufficient for the rest of the missed basal. On days that I suspect heavier activity, I'll only give 30%.

(There have been times that we've gone over the hour I programmed for disconnect -- the pump will still keep track of the missed basal and give you the option to deliver when you reconnect. Also, when you deliver missed basal through the disconnect/reconnect feature, the pump will keep track of it in the IOB -- have I mentioned that I LOVE Cozmo's IOB??)

Anyway, when she's disconnected I check her every hour -- and treat as needed. If she wants to eat during the disconneted period, I reconnect, test, bolus, and feed her. Depending on her number and if she'll be going back to play, I might leave out some of her carbs...but I rarely do a correction during disconnected activity, unless she's over 300.

I also bring a little cooler of cold drinks and keep her pump in a ziplock bag inside while it's off.