Sometimes I think we hit the sweet spot when it comes to blood glucose numbers. Other times I think we’ve got it sour.
Recently we had a week, of course when my husband was on his annual fishing trip and I was single parenting, that Q’s numbers were sky high. Following our DKA Prevention Decision Tree I had to replace several pods early and a couple of pods failed. (Not to mention burning through several boxes of blood ketone strips that are literally worth their weight in gold!)
I swear we had a bad box of pods. Because most had failed or were worn less than 24 hours, OmniPod replaced most, if not all, of them. But it was frustrating leaving me with a dwindling insulin supply and a serious lack of sleep.
(Don’t interpret that bad weekend as evidence against OmniPod; we love it and wouldn’t switch despite this bad weekend.)
Then there are other times when the stars align and we have a run of really good numbers. And I try to sit back and think about what we have been doing right. Maybe we did something a little differently that really worked.
I have to wonder if there aren’t some “sweet spots” where the pod just seems to work better or if there are spots where it doesn’t work so well.
The pod that I just removed worked really well. Interestingly, it was on her back where she doesn’t have much extra flesh and it’s a spot that our endo says not to use (though the CDE suggested it as a spot and you get a different opinion, it seems, from every person you talk to). But early in the week we put her pod on her backside because she has gymnastics and can’t do bar work with it on her belly.
Her target range is 100-200, though we begin correcting at 150. She typically goes a little high after her 4:00 pm pod change, reflected in her dinner or bedtime numbers. We try to offset this by giving a unit of insulin right before her pod change if her number is above range at that moment.
That’s an average of 157! Perfectly respectable.
Do you find that there are insertion sites that result in better numbers?
Do you sometimes see better or worse numbers when you change a site?
Where do you place pods (or insertion sets) on your youngish child?