Monday, February 20, 2006
On my honor as a pumper, I pledge:
My head to clearer thinking, despite the 6 AM wake-up hypo.
My heart to greater loyalty, pumping ROCKS!
My hands to larger service, so many fellow D's need an encouraging word.
My health to better living- to myself, my community, my country, and my world.
As a new pumper, they made me sign a contract. (Probably relying on the guilt factor, more
then anything!) They made my dad sign too, even though I was of legal age.(Since I was still in pediatrics) I would have done anything- I was dying to be pumping! And then they admitted me for 36 hours, and I subsequently forgot all about the contract I signed.
Fast forward 4 years. Once again, I'm sitting in the pump trainer's office and she pulls out "The Contract." Is this just a particular quark of this particular medical center- or do most endocrine offices do this?
The Contract. (quick synopsis)
I will check my blood sugars at least 6x per day.
I will call my cde, endo with ANY urgent questions.
I will check my urine for ketones when my bg is 250+.
I will change my infusion set every 2-3 days.
I will change my infusion set anytime my bg is not coming down. (within two boluses)
I will call my endo anytime I've got whopping large ketones, or are vomitting.
I will strive for blood sugars within 80-140, at least 80% of the time.
Signed, and dated.
I've blown every single one of the aforementioned items, and none of them came to get me, although I have been chastined for several of these.
I found "The Contract" (2nd one) the other day, it bought back guilty memories. There always seems to be something to feel guilty about, with diabetes.