I had no idea that this was something that was bothering her until I was sifting through my own FaceBook feed and came across her posted question.
The gist of it was that she wanted to know how to keep her sites on while she is swimming. She wrote that she had to put a new site on virtually everyday as the site adhesive was basically dissolving in the water.
I knew she had one or maybe two sites pop out, but I didn't realize that all of her sites were doing that. She is older now and able to do site changes without me. As I read her question, I realized that she was handling more than I even realized.
It took me a moment to catch my breath. Just a year ago, I was still the 'in-charge of type 1 diabetes' person and let me tell you, NOTHING escaped my notice.
But now, well, now she was very much edging out my control (in a good way) and things were not nearly as cut and dry as they once were. No pun intended.
On a side note, I swear the change in her skin can only be attributed to the dreaded puberty. It most likely is changing, causing different balances in oils and the new skin easily detaches from her IV Prep infused, Tegaderm covered Inset 30 infusion set.
Oh the joys of growing up!
So all of this led to my oldest daughter reaching out and asking about new ways of handling things. That's pretty darn incredible. For everyone reading this at home with young babies, toddler and kids living with type 1 diabetes, this day really does come.... the day of independence. And to me, well, it is a little awesome and a whole lot of amazing.
Of course, being the elder 'in-charge of type 1 diabetes' person, I am going to try to help her out.
What do you use to keep infusion sites on while swimming?