This is our first summer with Grace on the pump. I kind of thought it was going to be pretty easy to regulate her blood sugar - simply lower her basal rate and we're good to go.
I'm finding it much harder than anticipated. She uses the Animas Ping which is supposed to be waterproof, but from a couple accounts I hear that's not always the case. Plus, swimming always plummets her numbers, so disconnect while swimming is the rule.
But even disconnected, I have trouble keeping her over 70. Today I was literally chasing her around the pool with Gatorade during swim team practice! Yesterday every snack she ate during the day I didn't need bolus. What happens is she comes out of the water wanting a snack. I check her number and she's, say, 100. 15-20 carb snack with no bolus, don't even bother reconnecting, and she's back in the water pretty soon.
However, late yesterday she came out of the water, I didn't check her blood sugar, she stayed out for a while, I forgot to reconnect her, and she ended up at 318! I felt so rotten, because I could've prevented it if I'd remembered.
Do any of you have a good pool-day routine that I can follow? It seems I can't keep Grace from pinging from low to high to low again. I know much of the answer lies in testing more frequently, but I'm already testing 10 times a day! Any pumping and swimming advice?
The apache wars by paul hutton
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