Yesterday, The Boy, his dad, and I spent the day at Children’s National Medical Center once again, changing the way we give The Boy’s body the insulin in needs to stay healthy and alive.
Say hello to my little friend:
This little guy is called a Humapen. It’s called the “Luxura HD” model (because it’s Heavy and Dense?). It looks very executive to me, and not at all child-like, which is supposedly who it’s marketed for. Many times children, especially when they are newly diagnosed, need to be able to take insulin in 1/2 unit increments. This is The Boy, definitely. It’s also the reason that we didn’t TOTALLY get rid of syringes (which he hates). He’s on Lantus for his ‘bolus’ insulin. His starting dose for this medicine involves a half-unit measure, and since he takes so little insulin right now (yay), he’s going to have to take that one with a syringe. It’s only once a day (we were only taking two shots per day before this change), but it was still a bit of a bummer yesterday when we found out. We’re going to look at the bright side of things, though, and just be thankful that he DOES take a small amount of insulin right now, relatively speaking!
The Boy has no problem using it himself (3 doses given so far), so we’re happy. In fact, I just got off the phone with the nurse who helped us with the change, and she’s elated that his numbers have looked so good so far. Here’s the rundown for those of you in the know (and those not in the know, too – keep reading here and you WILL know!! LOL):
We started the new ‘stuff” last night at dinner:
BG = 100, 57 carb meal, 2 units of insulin
BG = 165
BG = 137 (first ‘good’ nighttime number in at least a week!!)
*BIG DEAL here, because he had the syrup he LOVES for the first time in 6 months! Wahoooo!!!
BG = 125, 58 carb meal, 2.5 units insulin
BG = 96, 75 carb meal (inlcuding dipping sauce for his frozen egg rolls), 3 units of insulin
Yay, Yay, Yay!
The Boy and I agree that we LOVE his new pen!