I am a stay at home mom who is raising twins. One of my guys has type 1 diabetes and one does not. I am writing this blog to unite type 1 parents or twin parents. Comment on my posts or in the "what's your high?" and "what's your low?" to join the community of parents just trying to do the best we can!
I want to let all of the parents who are currently taking care of diabetic children know about a company that we have used and loved for the past four years. They, also, have generously offered a discount for you!
This picture was taken a week before he was diagnosed.
When Rocco was diagnosed at 22 months, we knew we would want to put him on an insulin pump as soon as the doctor would let us. They usually make you wait a year but we really dug in our heels and learned as much as we could about diabetes. This way they would feel comfortable letting us have a two year old with such a major piece of machinery. Wearing this pump meant that we could give Rocco his insulin through a port instead of giving him a shot every time he ate. Life changing for us all!
The main concern about getting a pump was, how could this 20 pound child wear a cell phone sized device 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and not touch it? If Rocco or Zeke were to accidentally push a button it could potentially give Rocco a life threatening dose of insulin!
Here are two pictures of what they looked like when we trying to decide whether to get the pump.
How would these curious little two year olds not touch it? How would these guys be able to roll around together or even play super heroes? How could we saddle our child with this for the rest of his life? Once you start in the pump, we heard, you will never go back to shots.
It seemed inconceivable!
However, giving this precious face a shot every time he ate, even an animal cracker, seemed more inconceivable. The pump allowed us to insert a tiny straw like plastic piece into his bottom. This would be the portal to administer his insulin. This was inserted every three days and we used numbing cream for the insertions. Then the pump, which holds the insulin, can give him his dose of insulin at the touch of a button! No more shots! No more pain!
This just seemed like an easier life for us all, but again, how would we ever incorporate such a device into our life? How would he wear it? It had a heavy clip on it but way to heavy for Buzz Lightyear pajamas and Spiderman briefs.
Then my mom, who is awesome at research, discovered Cindy.
Cindy is one of those amazing that has turned diabetes into her life's mission to make children feel more comfortable with their diagnosis. To read her full story please click here.
She owns Angel Bear Pump stuff. We wrote to Cindy and explained our situation. She told us about her products and made us feel at ease. She said she had made pump packs for hundreds of infants, toddlers and children across the U.S.
We have been using Angel Bear Pump packs ever since. Once we put that first tiny "fanny pack" around his waist I really though he would mess with it. But neither he or Zeke ever did. It was odd really. We explained the severity of it to these two tiny people and for some reason they got it. Since then, they have wrestled, tackled, and just played together without a hitch!
It's hard to see but if you zoom in you can see it on his waist. It worked like a dream!
Last week,I asked Cindy if she would be willing to help diabetic parents by offering a discount on her products. My "Angel Mama Bear" responded as follows:
“I would love to give your readers a discount. How about 10% off the first case they buy, 20% off the second and 30% off the third? So, for example, if they bought three $25 cases, they would get $2.50 off the first case $5.00 off the second and $7.50 off the third, for a maximum possible savings of $15.00.
I will be happy to extend the discount over time. In other words, they don't have to buy all three cases at once. I will give them the appropriate discount when they place an order, even ifseveral months pass between the purchases. All they would have to do to identify themselves as one of your readers is type in "Shari-1” for the first case, "Shari-2 " for the second and "Shari-3 " for the third, in the Comments Section when they check out and I will process the appropriate discount. The invoice won't reflect the reduced price though, because my website doesn't do discounts, but they will get the appropriate discount when I put their credit card through the system.
This way your readers can get a discount for trying a case and if they like it, they are rewarded with an even better discount for purchasing again.
Thank you so much for your confidence in my product and for giving me a chance to reach out to even more kids to make wearing an insulin pump easier for parents and more fun and comfortable for kids. Nothing makes me happier.”
Thank you Cindy!I am so excited to be able to share this with all of you. Her products are wonderful and you can even send her your own fabric if your child is really into something specific. Once I sent her Buzz Lightyear and Diego fabric. She held onto it for a year and made several pump packs from it! She is so nice.Her website is http://www.angelbearpumpstuff.com/
If you don't need pump supplies, check out her website anyway because she also sells books, resources and medical IDs! The discount is good on everything!
I hope your children enjoy her products as much as Rocco and I have!