Two days ago, a pump nurse (for lack of an official title) came to
our house to train us on how to use Corey’s new insulin pump, the Minimed Paradigm 522. Besides teaching us what all the buttons were for, she taught us all the ins and outs, pros and cons, how to handle alerts and alarms, and quizzed us on different scenarios that would need our immediate attention. Two and a half hours later, it was time to attach it to Corey for his week-long trial run (with saline instead of insulin), so we could all get used to using it and see how well we like it.
First, DH gets the quick-serter ready that inserts the cannula quickly. We had Corey lie on the couch for his dad to do the insertion because when I tried first, he was standing up and sucked in his belly so fast the cannula didn’t insert properly. (Click on images to enlarge them.)
In the tummy picture, you can see the red mark to the left of his belly button where I made my first attempt. The round patch on the right is the successfully inserted cannula, which is attached by thin tubing to the insulin pump. He said it stung a little, but that’s probably because the area was cleaned with an alcohol wipe prior to insertion.
The insulin pump came with a blood glucose meter that links to and transfers his BG readings straight to the pump. As soon as his BG number came up in the meter, it showed up in the pump window. You can’t see the number in the image because of the glare, but it was 73. I gave him a 10-carbohydrate snack, so we entered that into the pump and it automatically calculated the bolus dose he should get! How cool is that?!
This pump is loaded with features, and because I’ve heard how wonderful insulin pump therapy is, I’ve got high hopes that it will do a better job of leveling out his highs and lows than injections. We have an appointment with his endocrinologist next Wednesday for his three-month well-check and to get his pump set up with insulin, and then we’ll hopefully be through with insulin injections… all 8,213 of them since he was first diagnosed at 18 months.