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Super Nate Running on OmniPod for 1 Year

Super Nate Runs On OmniPod!  1 year ago today I posted Pumping, Good Grief and Hope - if you have time you should go back and take a look. We've come a long way. Nate and Liam started pumping with the Pod on the same day. They both look so little and oh so very brave! Liam and Nate - 3/1/2010 1 Year pumping with the OmniPod! Wow! 12-Months of Podding How did a year slip by so quickly? For a super fantastic review of the OmniPod Insulin Management system - please check out Lorraine's review here.  I would love to write a fabulous review but there's no need --- Lorraine did an outstanding job so I'm just going to use hers.  Thanks, Lorraine! Speaking of Lorraine . . . she and Caleb have provided an amazing amount of support, knowledge, and kindness. I'm not sure we would be where we are today without their paving the way and sharing their knowledge.  Thank you, Lorraine and Caleb for all that you have done but thank you most of all for your friendship and support! Jessica and I both had an uphill battle getting the OmniPod on our 2 sweet boys.  We dealt with opposition around every corner it seemed.  The doctors, the nurses, even other pumpers tried to convince us that this was not the right choice.  We held firm in our belief that we, as mothers know what is right for our children and I have not regretted our choice - - - not even once!  I am BEYOND grateful to have gone through this journey with Jessica and Liam.  We've made quite a team over the past year!!  Although our friendship extends beyond diabetes and podding I know that it is those 2 things that brought us together and I am thankful every day to have Jessica by my side in this journey!! Team Super Nate and Team Liam!  Pumping with the OmniPod is by far the best thing we have done for Nate's D care.  Our life before the OmniPod was pure hell. The agony of multiple daily injections and NPH was almost more than I could stand. The OmniPod changed everything for us - everything! For more on how the OmniPod helped us reclaim our lives - please read OmniPod, OmniPod Oh How I Love Thee. Everyone told us that beginning the pump would be like being diagnosed all over again.  Our experience was the complete opposite!  I fell in love with the OmniPod the moment I stuck it on Nate's little bum.  It was an easy transition for us and I cannot imagine caring for Nate any other way. Nate was 20-months old when we started pumping so I was already dealing with irregular blood sugars - - - a lot of highs and a lot of lows so switching to a pump and dealing with tweaking basals was not that challenging for us.  I was already used to all of the crazy numbers.  I wish I could tell you something negative about the OmniPod but I just can't do it. I honestly believe that upon diagnosis they should send the parents home with an insulin pump and a case of wine ---- wouldn't that make the blow of the dx much more manageable!? I didn't really plan out this post the way I should have --- I don't really have anything profound to say.  So, for Nate's Pod Anniversary Jim and I decided to count all of the test strips in our test strip jar. Yep - that's right!  We put all of Nate's used test strips in the above jar and we decided to count them! Every. Single. One. Can you guess how many are in there? Here's a little hint: We've been putting them in this jar since October. One drop of blood for every strip in the jar.  Pictures like that make the reality of what I do every day sink in and yet Nate doesn't even flinch.  He says 'No ouch, Mama - no ouch!'  I guess he's just used to it because he always says no ouch when I ask him if it hurts. So, can you guess how many test strips are in the jar?? Leave me a comment with your guess and the person closest to the actual amount will win a few of our super fabulous Pod Magnets. Check out some of our latest designs: . . . and because every year on the day we celebrate Nate's 1-year OmniPod Anniversary we will also celebrate a day of HOPE! Here are our HOPE pictures for 2011 . . .  Big Strong Nate runs on OmniPod!!

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