Everyone, meet Insulin.. Eden’s daily lifeline.
The item in our house that we have the biggest love/hate relationship with..
LOVE – because it keeps Eden alive
HATE – because too much of it could easily KILL her..
There are different types of insulin and this is the particular one we use. Humalog is a fast-acting insulin that usually begins to work within 15 minutes of infusion and stays active in her system for 2 hours. (this length of time is different for everyone)
It has an unforgettable, medicinal smell that is etched in my mind forever. Eden cannot stand it and it has to be infused into her body 24hrs a day 7 days a week 365 days a year. For the REST OF HER LIFE.
I wish I could easily show you the potency of a single tiny drop.
To give you a little perspective this small bottle (the coin is a quarter) is a total of 10ml which equals 1000 units of insulin. We dose Eden in “units” of insulin and 1 small bottle currently lasts roughly 2-3 weeks.
Eden’s insulin sensitivity is 1 : 130 meaning that 1 unit of insulin should bring her blood sugar down 130mg.
Example: if her BS is 300 and we give her 1 unit of insulin her BS should drop to 170 by the end of 2 hours.
1 tiny little drop of insulin has a HUGE effect on her blood sugar levels that’s why it is SO important to give accurate doses and how easy it would be to make an error.
Many times when she eats we are GUESSING the amount of carbohydrates she is eating and therefore GUESSING how much insulin we are putting into her body.
Guesswork that can have serious consequences.