July 21, 2014

3..2..1..GO BIONIC!


I know that my blog has been gathering dust for the last several months.  Life is busy.  But this week we have been blessed with an opportunity so big that it warrants a good dusting off of the old blog!
Ironically, one of my last few posts was exactly related to the reason for dusting it off today.  "Until There Is a Cure"  is the beginning of the story which led us to this point today.    

While we have, in a way, been counting down since December...THIS is the most meaningful countdown I've ever experienced.  Please take a minute to watch:




(*Video credit goes to Wendy!  My video is a mess.  I was shaking and you get to see lots of the floor and the ceiling.)

As Ed Damiano counts down from 25, I am overcome with emotions.  So many things were running through my mind in those last few seconds.  I was thinking about how proud I am of Ally for wanting to be a part of this clinical trial.

T-minus 20 seconds and counting...I was thinking, "Oh my gosh, she is taking her own insulin pump - that she wears every.single.day - off for the next five days."

10 seconds..9..8..7..6..5.. "This is going to be a game changer for all type 1 diabetics.  I can't believe we are doing this right now!!"

5..4..3..2..1..GO BIONIC!  I heard those words, "Go Bionic", and my heart skipped a beat.

GO.BIONIC.  That is huge!  That means that her diabetes is now being controlled completely by the closed loop system.  That means that for the next five days she doesn't have to worry about counting how many carbs she puts in her mouth.  She doesn't have to worry about her basal rates.  She doesn't have to worry about figuring a correction dose of insulin for high blood sugars.  She doesn't have to worry that she might go low at night after so much activity.  The entire burden of diabetes management has been lifted off of her shoulders for five days.  She can just be a kid at summer camp!!!!

"Go Bionic!"  That is the moment that Ally became bionic.  That is a moment in time that I will never forget.

My Bionic Girl!!


We could not be more grateful to Ed Damiano and the entire Bionic Pancreas team for all of their dedication and hard work in making this a reality for our daughter and for all those living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Ally, Addy & The Bionic Pancreas Team



Read more about the Bionic Pancreas here:
http://www.bionicpancreas.com/
http://www.bu.edu/bostonia/2014/eng-profs-bionic-pancreas-takes-a-big-step-forward/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3aSRscC4Cg


This post is part of a series documenting Ally's experience as a participant in The 2014 Bionic Pancreas Camp Study.  

READ MORE:

UNTIL THERE IS A CURE


MY HEART SWELLS

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

BIONIC: SUPERHUMAN? NAH, JUST SUPERHERO!

TODAY I REJOICE!

AFTER THE BIONIC PANCREAS

I WISH IT WERE THREE YEARS FROM NOW

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13 comments:

  1. This is so cool! I can't wait for the bionic pancreas to be reality for our kids. So proud of you and your daughter for taking part in this trial.

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  2. So very awesome!!

    #dblogcheck

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  3. That video gave me the chills! SO PROUD OF HER! And you mama! Thank you for doing this on our behalf! <3 Love you!

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  4. So excited to read about the reflections when she gets back! <3

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  5. Tears!! What an amazing opportunity

    #dblogcheck

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  6. This is incredible. (And props for using an underscore with the bionic hashtag. I'm using that in the future.) #check

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