Every 3 days

Many of you already know that my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes almost three years ago now, but I’d just like to take this opportunity to blog not about photography for a change and give you a little insight into what my six year old son has to endure every three days, the dreaded cannula change.

Since his diagnosis his life, and ours, has been changed immensely. Type 1 Diabetes is a very life changing condition that requires a somewhat regimented lifestyle, to some degree anyway. Andrew started his first 9 weeks as a Diabetic with 4 daily insulin injections. Insulin is the essential hormone that is required for our cells to use and absorb the fuel from the foods we eat. Life cannot exists with out insulin, just like the air we breathe. Under normal circumstances our bodies produce insulin in the Pancreas to match demand depending on what we eat. In a Type 1 Diabetic the cells in the pancreas have been destroyed. This destruction can be manifested in a number of ways such as genetic/hereditary factors, environmental and predominantly an autoimmune response to infection or illness. Type 1 diabetes is not related poor lifestyle/dietary factors like the much more prominent Type 2 Diabetes. It’s a sad fact though that many people think a child with Type 1 Diabetes has been caused by “eating too many sweets”, it couldn’t be further from the truth.

Anyway, back to Andrew. After 9 weeks of injections we were lucky enough to live in an area that promoted the use of Insulin pump therapy and Andrew was given his first pump. This was a lifestyle breakthrough, he could eat like any other normal child and have the odd snack between meals if he needed without the need for extra injections. The downside to the pump is the cannula change and even after almost 3 years it’s still an unpleasant time for Andrew. There is lots of research ongoing into other ways of administering this life sustaining hormone but for now this is the way it has to be.

Below are a series of images depicting the the process we go though every 3 days.

Here are all the items we need for a cannula change.

Here are all the items we need for a cannula change.

We have to load the cartridge with insulin.

We have to load the cartridge with insulin.

Then we have to attach the super fine tubing.

Then we have to attach the tubing.

Now the fiddly bit.  We have to prime the tubing and remove all the air bubbles.  This process can take a little while but is very important ans air bubbles can create an air-lock or affect the measured dose of insulin during pump operation.

Now the fiddly bit. We have to prime the tubing and remove all the air bubbles. This process can take a little while but is very important as air bubbles can create an air-lock which will affect the measured dose of insulin during pump operation.

Here if the cannula, a superfine tube attached to a sticky pad. A 1 cm steel needle sits in the tube.

Here if the cannula, a superfine tube attached to a sticky pad. A 1 cm steel needle sits in the tube.

Here is the cannula all ready and primed for firing in the insertion device.  Andrew calls this the 'Kerchunker'.  This fires the cannula into Andrews skin while at the same time securing the sticky pad.

Here is the cannula all ready and primed for firing in the insertion device. Andrew calls this the ‘Kerchunker’.
This fires the cannula into Andrews skin while at the same time securing the sticky pad.

Once the cannula is in place we remove the steel needle.

Once the cannula is in place we remove the steel needle.

Andrew then has to wear a specila back-pack that contains his pump.   We like to involve Andrew in all aspects of his care.  He love being able to reconnect his tubing.

Andrew then has to wear a special back-pack that contains his pump.
We like to involve Andrew in all aspects of his care. He love being able to reconnect his tubing.

Cannula change over for another 3 days.  Andrew is a happy we boy again.

Cannula change over for another 3 days. Andrew is a happy we boy again.

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About robferrol

I love photography. To capture a moment in time and make it last forever is a wonderful gesture and a fantastic gift to share with others. I'm a 'young at heart' 40 something year old who loves life & laughter. My family are my life and they make me laugh!! My photography covers many genres from weddings, Commercial, street & Landscapes. I hope you love what i share and share what i love!!

2 thoughts on “Every 3 days

  1. Oh my what a heartfelt blog. Thank goodness your son has such wonderful supportive parents. He is so precious and I wish you the best in the years ahead. He is a lucky boy to have good medical care and excellent medical help. He is a winner and will go great things! Thank you for sharing this story.

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