Friday, April 29, 2011

Not Nice FedEx

It's been a long time coming...and the day is nearly here! Apparently on Monday "Dexie" will enter our lives...woohoo!!!

This past Wednesday morning I finalized all of our paperwork with the awesome people at Dexcom. I could have jumped through the phone line and kissed the man on the other end when he told me that they would ship Charlotte's Dexcom the same day and it would arrive at our home in 2-3 days. I was happy and content knowing that "Dexie" would make her appearance more than likely on Monday (figuring no delivery on the weekend). Wednesday afternoon I got the email from FedEx providing the tracking number for the shipment. I can't even begin to tell you the number of times I've clicked on that little link...not sure why I'd think anything would change from the "Estimated delivery: May 2, 2011 by 4:30pm". But Thursday evening I noticed that the shipment had left Memphis pretty early in the afternoon, so I felt pretty hopeful that the delivery might be earlier than the "estimated" date. So this morning I faithfully opened that email (yet again) and clicked the link...I literally squealed with delight when I read "April 29, 2011 8:18AM: On FedEx vehicle for delivery". I waited patiently all day for the knock on the door. Around 2 o'clock there was a knock at the door....and a FedEx van!!!! I opened the door and saw the delivery guy getting back into his van...I knelt down and saw a small box on the for hubby's for me (yay for Jay, I guess)! So I figure maybe there's another truck on its way and "Dexie" will just arrive a little later. Back inside I go. I wait and wait and wait...finally just after 5pm I click on the link again (as though there is some GPS tracker attached to our package allowing me to see exactly where the package is)....and staring back at me like some cruel joke: "April 29, 2011 5:04PM: At local FedEx facility: Package not due for delivery"!?!?! WHY???? If the package was out for delivery, why would you not just drop it off????

Not Nice dare you toy with a D-mama's emotions like that!!! I would have been perfectly content with the original estimate of the Monday delivery until you reported that our little "Dexie" was out on the truck today taking a tour of our town. Waiting until Monday for her arrival is going to seem like torture now!

(Please forgive the music choice (if you choose to click to listen)...this particular "selection" was chosen in honor of my sweet (yet sarcastic) hubby since he came home teasing me and singing this song (by none other than Dexy's Midnight Runners...who knew???) after my earlier post about Dexie ...but seriously Come On FedEx, we're waiting on our "Dexie"!!!!)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The little things....

A few months ago, Charlotte received a special gift from a very kind-hearted person. We have no idea who the gift-giver is...but I imagine that she/he must be experienced with Type 1 and clearly knows that often times it's the little things that make the biggest difference.

When Charlotte opened her gift she was beyond excited to find the most precious heart-shaped leather case for her meter and testing supplies (from Myabetic)...and was even more tickled when she opened the case and discovered that it turns into a butterfly! 

 Charlotte asked, almost immediately, if we could move her testing supplies from her old case to the new one...of course, I couldn't resist! She loves carrying her pretty little case with her when we go places on the weekends and after school! And I love that it has more pockets and elastics than her previous cases and it holds nearly everything she might need for her D to spend a day away from home...all in one adorable little bag!

I'm always looking for ways to help make Charlotte's d-management a little less dreary (not the easiest of tasks). We have a few different meter/supply cases (although none nearly as precious as the Lovebug). We've gotten a few different pump skins for her insulin pump (she's a big fan of the pink/purple "swirl") and tried out Groovy Patches to make her pump sites more "fun". And I can't forget the adorable pump pouches we've gotten from Amy's Too Sweet Boutique...the adorable fabrics and designs FAR exceed my previous seamstress attempts (although my sweet girl still sometimes requests an old pouch I made for her).

It seems that lately Charlotte has been feeling that D is a miserable "chore". She's clearly annoyed by having to check her sugar and "dial up" a bolus to correct her sugar or cover her carbs and she'd much prefer for anyone else to handle these tasks for her (can't say I blame her for feeling that way). So to help keep the D-burnout from taking it's toll already (only 5 years in to the d-life with many more ahead -- unless we find a cure) I'm happy to help out with these tasks. But when I'm not around to help out or she simply chooses to do them on her own its nice to know that having a pretty little bag or "fun" pump skin helps make these tasks a little less "chore-like"...and that's important!

It's truly the little things that make a difference!

Monday, April 11, 2011

How did we live without "her"???

Before I start on the "real" post...I thought I'd mention a  few of the changes/updates I've made here over the past few days. First, I've set up an email address and included this info on my "About Me" page (feel free to send me an email and say hi!). I've also added a badge for my new Facebook page; if you're on fb please click to "like" my page...I plan to update the page with links to my blog posts and some extra little D-related things too! And finally, I've added a page/tab with information about JDRF's 2011 Children's Congress...and I've included a link to Charlotte's delegate profile and video (I just couldn't resist being the proud D-mama I am). 

So the day finally arrived...I can't believe I waited so long to set this up. Last Tuesday Charlotte and I (and a "tag-along" Amelia) met with the Clinical Specialist from Dexcom and started Charlotte's Dexcom trial! I actually first learned about Dexcom about 3 years ago from this link over at SUM. Not long after reading that blog post, I had the opportunity to attend a conference for work and one of the sessions was about CGMS...the information provided was amazing to me and really got me thinking more about the advantages of the device. I'm not sure what kept me waiting so long before deciding to really pursue it...maybe it was Charlotte's young age and limited "real estate" on her little body...but I do know that just the thought of being able to truly see the "whole picture" has been weighing on my mind since the moment I realized it actually is possible!

To be honest, Charlotte was a little reluctant about trying this "thing" out...she was not thrilled at the idea of yet another site :(   But I encouraged her to at  least "try it out" and agreed that if she decides she truly doesn't like it than I'll drop the issue (at least for a little while). Fortunately, not a negative word has been uttered since last Tuesday...and I think she "secretly" likes having it (I've "caught" her checking it several times without her knowing I'm watching, lol)!

As I suspected I've been completely obsessed with this handy-dandy little gadget. We started on Tuesday and that evening I think I checked the thing like every 10 minutes or so...I've definitely chilled a bit since then...but I still get a thrill everytime I peek and get to see what is going on with her sugar without having to actually poke her! And I love being able to see that flat arrow when we check her at night so that I'm not wondering if that sugar looks good but is actually getting ready to plummet down or go shy-rocketing!

All that said, it hit me last night that tomorrow is our last day with "Dexie". I'm a little sad to think about boxing her up and sending her back. But I'm glad to know that both Charlotte and I love it and that she will (hopefully) be getting her her very own "Dexie" in the near future! to get our insurance paperwork completed :)