New Device Helps Montana Family Manage Son’s Diabetes

CONRAD — Calvin Krause is a typical four-year-old boy. He enjoys playing with his puppy Oscar, brother Easton and parents Tyler and Amy. About a year ago, his life took a turn that his family could never have anticipated. If he flexes his muscles, you’ll see that he has a mark on his arms that no other Montanan can say – and they help keep him alive.

The Krauses noted excessive water consumption and urination, which ultimately led to a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, something no parent wants to hear.

Pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Marwan Bakhach explains: “It was very challenging at the beginning and adapting to a new diagnosis of type 1 diabetes can be very difficult because your whole life is not the same. Eventually you will build a routine and you know what to do.” to do.”

As soon as doctors discovered Calvin’s diagnosis, Amy and Tyler had to adjust to a whole new world as they learned how to care for their son.

“We were incredibly lucky to have it found so quickly. The four days and three nights we spent in the children’s ward at Benefis were for them to teach us how to deal with this disease and how to keep our child alive. We were definitely holding back the tears,” Tyler said.

Krause family type 1 diabetes


Krause family

Fortunately for them, they easily got a new device that makes managing the disease much easier. It’s called an Omnipod 5 insulin pump, the first tubeless, automated insulin delivery system, and it’s integrated with a continuous glucose monitor sensor.

“What makes this new pump a little more appealing to families who have refused pumps in the past is the fact that it’s smaller and has no hoses. Especially younger children who are very active are running around. I would say it is definitely a huge step,” said Bakhach.

The Krauses have endured a lot of diagnosis, but the new technology of the Omnipod 5 takes a lot of the burden off Calvin’s parents.

“This particular pump has algorithms where it now knows that the sugar is going up, so it’s raising the insulin. It now knows that the sugar is going down, so it’s decreasing the amount of insulin. So we’re working hard to get them out of this.” — and lows,” said Deb Bjorsness, diabetes education specialist at Benefis. “It’s extremely important that we ensure that our families, our children, our adults for that matter, are living safely with type 1 diabetes. This device is immensely valuable. ”

Tyler and Amy both agree that it has helped make the lives of their home and son as normal as possible.

New Device Helps Montana Family Manage Son's Diabetes

Krause family

New Device Helps Montana Family Manage Son’s Diabetes

Calvin’s mother beamed with pride as she shared how strong her son has stood in this impossible situation.

She said: “He’s been a huge trooper through it all. It’s already given him his youth back and that’s given him his freedom. He used to do the shots because he knew he had to, but now he can just run around and have to We don’t have to worry too much. At first it was a hard pill to swallow, but this is much better to live with.”

The Benefis medical team working with Calvin has also noticed a lot of improvement since he got the tubeless pump.

New Device Helps Montana Family Manage Son's Diabetes

Benefis health system

New Device Helps Montana Family Manage Son’s Diabetes

Brianna Crowe, a registered nurse, commented, “I can tell he’s always been a happy, healthy kid. On the endocrine side, I’ve heard nothing but great things about how his pump and the new Omnipod 5 correlate and learn with him and his blood sugars have been much more manageable and manageable since then. he started it. It was nice to watch him grow and get to know all the new things for him and to stay a kid the way he is supposed to be.”

They expect many more kids like Calvin and also adults to sign up and get this game changer of a device. It’s available on a case-by-case basis, but the Krauses say to fight for it if you need to, because it’s so valuable to them and to Calvin.

Thanks to the Omnipod, the Krauses have less to worry about – except when Calvin causes chaos with his Legos and monster trucks.

Calvin and his brother

Calvin and his brother (MTN photo)

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