Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Syd's super cool new CGM site...

Well it seems like we just barely had Syd's CGM in. We try to have her wear it once a month or so. It checks her sugars every 10 seconds and gives 5 minute averages so we can see what her sugars are doing. It helps us see trends in her sugars so we know where to fine tune her basal rates (small amount of insulin she gets each hour to keep her sugars in check). A bolus is the insulin she gets when she eats. We can download great graphs that help us decide where we need to make adjustments. It can be a very useful piece of equipment when it is working properly. Sometimes it doesn't have a good "stick" and it doesn't read the numbers well...but hopefully this is a great one--I'm feeling optimistic.

Anyway we wanted to try a new site for Miss Sydney and decided to give her arm a shot....literally ha ha ha. I was a little unsure because it is a large needle but we attempted the venture because Sydney is really limited with her fatty tissue and where we can put all her diabetes gadgets over and over. She is just a thin little girl. But it worked really well! She cried up to the insertion just because she was nervous with the new site but it numbed up nicely and she didn't feel it and so far it seems to be reading her levels fairly accurately! Yay! Here are a some pics of Sweet Syd with her CGM.

P.S. I realized there might be some confusion because of an email I received....I want to clarify that this is not her insulin site which she does wear 24/7. The CGM is like a helper but not a necessity. She wears it about once a month for a week. The insulin site is a necessity. CLICK here for a pic of her insulin site or sometimes called an infusion set. Just wanted to clarify that there are 2 different doo-hickys that work to keep Syd healthy. :D






15 comments:

Becky said...

ok so I thought she had to wear that all the time. I am very glad to hear that is not the case, although it is a very handy piece of technology. Hope the arm spot works out good for her! She is such a brave girl!!

Amy said...

Good job Miss Sydney for trying a new city! It takes some guts to try something new!

Becki said...

She is so brave!! And I really do think she looks so grown up with that new haircut. You are my hero Miss Sydney!!

Rachel said...

I'm still amazed at how brave she is! And that new haircut just suits her very well!! Keep up the great work Sydney! :)

Jennifer said...

We are getting the pump this summer, but when I asked the dr. about a CGM she told me she doesn't recomend it for kids. I've seen where alot of kids have them. Does health insurance cover the GCM?

Wendy said...

Go Sydney! Go Sydney! You go girl...with your super cute do :)

Sarah said...

I wouldn't be able to handle it! Good Job, Syd! Cute hair cut!

Stace said...

LOVE that little girl! she's da bomb.com...

Jennifer said...

We are not sure which pump we are getting yet. Thank you for all the info about the CGM. We have Blue Cross Blue Shield so I'm hoping I can push to get her one. I think it would be VERY beneficial for Courtney.

Jill said...

YAYYYYYYY Syd!!! You are SOOOOOO brave :)

The Lane Family said...

What an amazing little girl Sydney is and how brave she is to still have a smile on her face after the procedure is all over. In the perfect world it would be so nice if diseases like Diabetes did not exist. I also admire you Shamae for all you do for Sydney, I am sure you hate to hurt your daughter and watch her suffer but you also are trying to give her the best life you can. You strength is an example to me as we face the future with Miss Avery.

J.R. and Michelle said...

Way to go Syd!!! She is such a trooper! And way to go mom and dad. I know it's just as hard on you guys putting her through it each time.

The Herrigs said...

What a brave girl! That numbing cream is fabulous:)

A. and D. L. said...

Sydney is such an inspiration. ☺

KLTTX said...

For some reason I thought her insulin pump was also a continuous monitor - is that not right? Seems like it would be nice to have a monitor so it would know how much insulin to give.

Anyway, I LOVE Syd's hair cut. Its too cute.