Help! Need some suggestions for the beach!

By Mermarmad Latest Reply 2011-08-14 11:31:37 -0500
Started 2011-08-09 10:18:10 -0500

We are getting ready for our family beach trip. My 9 yr old daughter is a "brittle" Type1 diabetic diagnosed at 5. Every year I have forgone the pump and done shots out of fear that she may get sand in her site. This year, she has come to me to say she wants to cover her site and keep using pump. She is allergic to Lantus, so she has to take Levimir every 12hrs. So she ends up taking an est. 8-10 shots a day. Not to mention the difference in " freedom" in her mind when eating and being "somewhat normal" around the other kids. I understand what she's thinking and am impressed that she would SIT me down to discuss her point! :)

I want to respect her wishes to become more involved in decision making for her health and applaud her efforts. On the other hand… I need to ensure they are safe and smart decisions. Thought maybe someone would have some idea's. What do you do at the beach?

***FYI… Her site is in her bottom because it's the only place she has enough fat to hold it. :)

8 replies

1lady4 2011-08-14 07:57:51 -0500 Report

I take my Cozmo Insulin Pump off to get in the water my doctor says it's waterproof but I am not going to take a chance & put my pump in the water lol

toowitchie 2011-08-14 05:15:22 -0500 Report

I use a insulin pump and my site is on my abdomen any where in that area is fine to use. I put mine in any where from the rib cage on down. I get my supplies through Medtronics and they do have supplies that you can get for swimming ect. I know I am allowed to unhook my pump for a period of time so all that needs protecting is the actual insertion site and a water proof covering (bandage) can also be obtained from just about any pharmacy.

margokittycat 2011-08-13 22:37:29 -0500 Report

There is a waterproof type bandge that does not stick to sores or insessions, that might work, they used it on me two years ago when I had to hae surgery to repair my bicept and shoulder after afall at a store, becaue I had to have a pain ball for 6 days after surgery they used this to cover the area so it did not get wet and the stitches did not get wet it worked really good and was still just as sealed 6 days aftersurgery as the day they put it on me i think it was called second skin it is clear and comes in many different sizes.

Mermarmad 2011-08-10 08:45:18 -0500 Report

I actually spoke with a friend that is a doctor and he suggested I go to a medical supply store. I did and ended up finding something called "second skin." it is a patch that will cover the site AND is waterproof AND won't "stick" to site itself! SO EXCITED!! It is used for people who have wounds that need to be covered but also breathe. So… We'll see what happens! She is thrilled and a bit empowered.:) Don't misunderstand, I still have Levimir and needles for novolog! The big difference is that Madeline understands if the covers don't work or are a problem, we will resort to shots. She is okay with that…no crying, or screaming! I think mainly because she feels like she is getting older to take part in her health.

BTW @ jaybee52…Yes that is Madeline. Thanks!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-09 11:28:30 -0500 Report

Tough choices Mom. The balance here is between wisdom (keeping the site clean) and respect for your daughters wishes. If I were your other half, here would be my input. "Our" daughter is 9. She will be moving into her teen years soon and will be wanting more independence from"us". Decisions such as this are important to allow her to make. What "we" can do is to educate her the best "we" can and expose to her "our" fears, namely the fear of infection and site contamination. I think she understands the risk and is willing to trade the risk for the prize of being perceived as "normal".
Now with that said, I do not know what is involved with pump injections. I will presume that she would need to "bare butt" on the beach. If that is the issue the solution may be fairly simple. They sell pop up tents, less than 5 minutes to go from folded to ready to use, get one of these. In addition to providing her some privacy, it can also provide her shade from the sun. Hope this helps, Pop-Pop Jim

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