Diabetes Blog Week 2011: Letter writing day - Tuesday 5/10: In February the Wego Blog Carnival asked participants to write letters to their condition. You can write a letter to diabetes if you’d like, but we can also take it one step further. How about writing a letter to a fictional (or not so fictional) endocrinologist telling the doctor what you love (or not) about them. How about a letter to a pretend (or again, not so pretend) meter or pump company telling them of the device of your dreams? Maybe you’d like to write a letter to your child with diabetes. Or a letter from your adult self to the d-child you were. Whomever you choose as a recipient, today is the day to tell them what you are feeling.
This was an easy choice for me. I've been wanting to write this letter for two weeks.
Where do I even begin to tell you this tale. I suppose I should begin at the beginning.
A year ago, we did a trial run with your Seven Plus device for our four year old daughter. We were lured in by the thought of having a pair of eyes on the inside and a better understanding of what her blood sugar does during the day - and most importantly, the night. Pictures of graphs and continual readings caught - and held - our attention.
But... We were worried. The sensor is kind of large. When you are a small little person, like Sweetpea, it takes up a lot of room! We worried about her needing to wear another device around her waist. Worried that she wouldn't like it. Worried that it would be uncomfortable. Worried that it wouldn't work the way we hoped.
Night one... after watching the gray bar turn - like magic - into numbers.... We were hooked. The Seven Plus was a very welcome houseguest! One we knew we needed to add to our family immediately.
It was really hard giving it back after seven days. I did not want to. But we did. Luckily, our own "Dexie" arrived soon after.
And we have been continuously monitoring glucose ever since!
Our worries were quickly put to rest. Our daughter didn't mind wearing the receiver. In fact, she became quite attached. We were surprised to learn that she felt safer wearing it. Here we thought that was just us! The size and comfort has never been issue. It's become just another part of her.
Sure, we have times when we see the ???. Or times when the numbers are off. Even one time when we got a ! message and had to return ours for a replacement. But nothing and no one is perfect.
And we are thankful for all the times it has been right on with accuracy. Which is more often than not. Dexie is a keeper! And it has even saved the day!
I can't tell you how much having the Seven Plus means to us. It's changed the way we manage Sweetpea's diabetes.
Being diagnosed at three years of age, we learned to bolus AFTER meals. We were still doing this when we started using the Seven Plus. Well.... it didn't take more than one time looking at the graphs and SEEING what her blood sugar does with a post bolus to realize that we needed to start working our way to prebolusing for food.
But more than that... The Dexcom Seven Plus CGM saved our daughter's life.
A few weeks ago, we had a problem with her pump. It's a long story. It was The Scariest Night of My Life. We learned first hand how diabetes can change in a heart beat and go from normal to emergency faster than you can blink.
We still don't know exactly WHAT happened or WHY. We probably never will. What we do know is that her blood sugar was 500. We corrected. An hour later she was 400. She went to bed.
Dexie was hanging on her bedside rail. Keeping watch over our slumbering girl.
An hour later, we heard the three beeps through the baby monitor.
We assumed she was coming down fast. My husband went upstairs to check.
Dexie said 80 double arrows down.
He tested her and she was 32. Most of a juice box later, she was no longer able to drink. The meter just read LOW. She had two seizures. We grabbed the glucagon. We called 911. She was not with us... We truly thought she was going to die.
She's fine now. The glucagon worked. Her blood sugar came up. She was in the hospital for a day. She remembers nothing.
But we do.
We will never forget those three little beeps that alerted us that she was in danger.
Without the Dexcom... I can't even imagine what we would have found when we checked an hour to two later.
You saved her life.
Plain and simple.
But it's not simple. And a simple THANK YOU seems so inadequate.
YOU. YOUR company. YOUR product. That little piece of gold she wears every single day. Saved her life.
Because of you, she can run and play like every other five year old.
Because of you, she gets to enjoy gymnastics class.
Because of you, her teachers don't worry all day.
Because of you, her parents don't worry... as much!
Because of you, the parents of her friends are more willing to invite her over to play.
Because of you, she gets to be normal.
Because of you, we can SEE what certain foods do to her blood sugar.
Because of you, we can see trends faster and more effectively.
Because of you, her care is better.
Because of you, her risk of complications is less.
Because of you, we are not totally afraid to sleep at night.
Because of you, she will grow up.
Because of you, she has a future.
Because of you, she is alive.
Because of you.
From the bottom of our hearts. From the depths of our souls.