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Never too young for an insulin pump August 5, 2009

Posted by aydensmom in diabetes, insulin pump.

On August 24, 0008, Ayden was diagnosed and and August 25, 2009, Ayden will go on an insulin pump.

This first year learning to live with diabetes has had its ups and its downs. One of the most significant ups we had was attending the Kids n’ Us conference in 2009. If you are the parent or grandparent of a diabetic child, I highly recommend attending the 2010 conference. I learned so much from the speakers and sessions I took including how an insulin pump can benefit Ayden.

After attending this confernce and finding out that not only can a two-year-old wear a pump, but it is encouraged as a better way to reach his target levels, we started working through the pump process.

It has taken six months to get to this point, but I think the six month wait is necessary. There is a lot of preparation that needs to be done before Ayden officially goes on it – including a three-day trial (it is inserted and he wears it but there isn’t insulin running through it) and researching and buying the pump that is right for him (it was nice not to have to rush through this and learn about all our options).

We have decided to go with the Medtronic Minimed pump. So far our experience with this pump and the Medtronic representatives has been very positive.

The only thing that concerns me about this whole process is I heard only 32 families can be trained a year (I’m not sure if this is Alberta or Edmonton and area only). This does not seem appropriate in comparison to the number of families that are diagnosed each year.

I have heard nothing but positive things about what a pump can do for a diabetic, and I think there should be more opportunities for families to  get involved in the process and learn about this device.



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