Good Morning! Thank you to all of you who are donating, spreading the word and reading my posts about Blog Candy for a Cause! I have another of the common questions we are asked regarding Ainsley’s care to share.
If she wears a pump, why do you need to test her blood sugar?
Her pump is merely the means to dispense her insulin. Instead of receiving injections multiple times a day, her insulin is dispensed consistently and constantly during the day. However, the pump is a computer. You still have to tell it what to do. We have to enter into her pump her blood sugar, the amount of carbs she eats and be the final determination of how much insulin she will receive.
There is an additional device called a Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (CGMS) which tests the blood sugar every 5 minutes. There are some pumps that have a CGM built in. Ainsley’s does not. In addition, the CGMS, whether a built in unit or separate, requires an additional site. Ainsley’s site for her pump is a 6mm steel needle that must be changed every 3 days. The CGM would require an additional location to insert a sensor to test the blood sugar. CGMS are not 100% accurate — they “trend” a potential high or low. It will not replace blood sugar checks made with a regular glucose meter. If the CGMS said she was low, a regular check would need to be done to verify it.
Due to Ainsley’s age and size, we have chosen not to use a CGMS at this time. Her “real estate” for the sites is not large and she isn’t comfortable with many of the options for sites – stomach, arm, upper thigh, lower back/butt. We use her lower back and that is her preferred site.
Okay, on to the eye candy for today.
I participated in the ATC swap at the shoebox swap over the weekend. When Jodie released the October Stamp Club images, I knew this little Indian Corn bouquet was perfect. It is colored with Copics and cut out with a long rectangle Nestie. The Pumpkin Pie is embossed with the Houndstooth folder. I added in some Icicle Stickles and Dark Chocolate buttons to finish it off.
Create 4 Fun Challenge — #41 Use a digital image
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps October Stamp Club image
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Select White
Copics: YR18, Y38, E18, E33, E34
Other Stuff: Dark Chocolate buttons, Houndstooth Cuttlebug folder, Icicle Stickles