Monday, July 19, 2004

The Tide is Low

Going to the beach makes Cassie go low. It's only natural: the exercise playing in the surf, the stress the sun puts on her little body and just the sheer excitement of being on the shore. So naturally we keep the pump off most of the time and keep lots of snacks and drinks handy.

One tip: before we take the pump off, we give her a little bolus to replace some of the basal insulin that she'll be missing.

Another tip: Insulin is VERY sensitive to heat. We bring a soft cooler with an adjacent "dry" compartment and keep it in the shade. We keep her pump in it and it helps protect the insuling from "cooking" in the sun.

Monday, July 05, 2004

Diabetes Camp

Bet you're all wondering why I haven't posted anything for so long. It's been a busy summer! Cassie went on her first week away alone from home. She went to summer camp this past month at Camp Coqui in the NC mountains. It's a diabetes camp for 7-16 year olds and has physicians, a crack nursing staff, dieticians and counselors who really understand Type 1 diabetes.

It was a harrowing experience waking up every morning not knowing what her blood sugars were, but the staff and counselors at the camp eased our anxiety. What pros. What a great time for Cassie. I think it really helped her feel very self confident about her own diabetes care (and not so dependent on Mommy and Daddy).