Diabetes monitoring Solution – New Diabetes Treatment
Now that it is summer we are outside constantly and jumping in the lake! Diabetes does pose a few challenges when it comes to water play, but not enough to keep our kids out of the water.
The Animas Ping pump so far seems to be indestructible. I had reservations about its longevity when we got it. My son is a very rough and tumble toddler and I didn’t think the pump could stand up to his daily abuse but it has. The first few times we wore it in the water were at an indoor waterpark. We used an spi belt pump pack and brought along an extra one for when he was finished swimming. The pump got plenty wet while we went down water slides, waded and even went through the lazy river. I had my doubts, but the pump didn’t miss a beat while we were there. A lot of people find that their type 1 kids expend enough energy that they don’t need the basal insulin while swimming.
It depends on us- if we are having a day where he is running low then we may disconnect the pump and plug the site. On the other hand, if we are fighting highs then there is no way we are going to suspend the basal and remove the pump. Unfortunately, it is a choice you will have to make based on experience. An actually swimming child (our son is 2) may use up quite a lot more energy.
A few months ago we went on a vacation to Kauai and spent nearly every day on the beach. This meant I not only dealt with water on the pump but also sand. I purchased a waterproof pump pack and it felt like the pump was more protected, but this is probably not necessary. Just make sure you bring along a dry one for when you are done swimming. Yes, sand and all the pump survived 6 days at the beach with no ill effects.
The Dexcom is more sensitive to water. The remote, which needs to stay on the diabetic at all times, cannot get wet at all. If our son is outside and there is a small chance he will get wet (remember he is 2- house, lake, water guns, etc) we put the Dexcom remote in a baggie in his pocket. If we are down on the dock, then we move it to a safe place, but try to keep it nearby so we can get a reading once in a while. The site on his arm can get wet and we have found that when wet it actually comes off more frequently. This happens with the pump sites too, but we have found if they are only coming off a little they will dry and attach again.
You should not stop doing the things your kids love because they are diabetic. The pump is extremely durable and with a little TLC you can do a lot with the Dexcom on as well.