Moving, Moving, Moving

Moving, Moving, Moving

It’s been shamefully long since either of us has posted anything but we’ve been incredibly busy. This past summer our family experienced a major change. We moved to a new town in a new state. That means a new neighborhood, new house, new school and so on and so on. This whole experience has been incredibly stressful for all of us and it’s been a long row to hoe!

One of the worst things about moving is having to re-establish with new doctors. This was one of the most stressful things about the move because with Kimmy it’s not just off to the pediatrician or the primary care physician. Kimmy has to be seen by an endocrinologist. On top of that we were experiencing high blood sugar numbers regularly. We were pretty sure it wasn’t because Kimmy was eating and not telling us again. We suspected that we are at the end of our “honeymoon” period. It became imperative that we find an endocrinologist ASAP. Unfortunately, you can’t just call up an endocrinologist and schedule an appointment. You have to be referred. We called our pediatrician in our old town and asked if it were possible for him to refer us. He was not comfortable doing that so we had to find a new pediatrician before we could become established with a new endocrinologist. We have been lucky so far. All the doctors that we’ve been in contact with have been really nice and we’ve been able to get into to see them relatively quickly. The kids like our new pediatrician. Kimmy says he’s as nice as our old one. Rest assured, Dr. P, you’ll always have our hearts but this new doctor will do just fine since we’ve moved and can no longer see you! He got us in within a couple of days of our initial phone call and had our referral to the endocrinologist the same day we saw him.

The endocrinologist is great too. Our only complaint with them is that we waited in the waiting room for over an hour before we were called back to see the doctor. Once we were in a room, she saw us fairly quickly but that wait was a long one and we wish we hadn’t had to wait that long. The new doctor upped our dosage of Humalog from 1 u/10 carbs to 1 u/15 carbs. We’re seeing some fluctuation in Kimmy’s blood sugar numbers so we think we still have some adjusting to do. We go back to see the endocrinologist in a few days. We’ve been given the insulin pen to try and while Kimmy likes it, I’m not too thrilled with it. It took some getting used to and you have to hold the needle in longer after you’ve given the injection with the pen than with a syringe. With a syringe our routine is 1-2-3 Stick, 1-2-3-4-5 Pull, pat pat pat (very gentle love pats on the arm since you aren’t supposed to rub the spot where you’ve given the injection.) With the pen it is 1-2-3 Stick, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-111-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19 Pull, pat, pat, pat. When I was holding it in the same amount of time as the syringe we ended up with a tiny bit leaking out each time. When it’s held in longer you don’t get that leakage. As I said, Kimmy likes it. She says it hurts a little less than the syringe, which doesn’t hurt much to start with. The endocrinologist also wants us to consider switching to an insulin pump. She sent us home with a pile of brochures to look over. We aren’t that impressed with the pump. We’ll discuss it more with the endocrinologist when we go back. Ultimately it’s Kimmy’s treatment and her decision (with us a family providing input as well as consideration taken for what insurance will cover and what it will not). We’ll know more when we go back to the endocrinologist.

As far as living in a new place, Kimmy’s doing pretty well. She’s made some friends at the new school although her math grade is suffering a little bit. She is a social girl and we need to get her more focused on school. She thinks she isn’t capable of doing math well but she is. She’s a very smart girl and we need to find ways to motivate her to do better in her studies. She’s a good girl though. We’ll get there!

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