Bubs survive Pump House! Bigfoot use Smart Liz strategy of disconnect up to one hour at time, test BG/reconnect for snack/bolus, disconnect up to one hour, repeat forever or until water park close for day.
Why this work? Bigfoot think no basal insulin kind of like hold breath. However, somehow no basal insulin OK. Energy still get to cells. But why? No one know. (That not true, only Bigfoot + maybe couple other people not know.) Bubs experience energy galore. Swim lazy river upstream. Laugh, run around, play water basketball, etc. Pause for strawberry daiquiri (Bigfoot estimate 80g carbs w/ assist from Calorie King T.G.I. Friday menu index), get pumped up, play more, more, more.
Smart Liz strategy not just work, but work better than not disconnect. Lantus times, Bubs always dip too low while swim. Disconnect pump = suspend basal insulin 100%; BG# still dip, Bubs still need uncovered carby snacks, but not so dramatic as Lantus times. And even though Animas pump waterproof, seem better disconnect for social reasons (maybe onlooker curious eye bother Bubs?), physical reasons (maybe pump get in way/feel weird while swim?), financial reasons (if lose pump, insurance not cover cost). Better for health too = BONUS.
While Bubs out of sight, Bigfoot fairly worried. Remember where meet up if feel low? What if collapse? Lifeguard stationed every ten feet. Pump House lifeguard sport reassuring Vermont look–unlike standard Rhode Island lifeguard, Vermont lifeguard no chewing gum, no hair product, attentive = ready leap in, save life. But Bubs’s medical ID bracelet obscured by Pump House admission and surf machine injury lawyer-waiver bracelet. Pretty soon realize there’s nothing I can do. Not possible stay right by side—not a 4-year-old.
Decide instead read excellent book about North Korea (David Sedaris recommend in Book Review). Very absorb. Bigfoot recommend this strategy for water park: pick meet-up place. Show child this place. Tell child stop by for BG check every five slides/loops lazy river or if feel low. Stay in place/read North Korea book. If staying-put parent have to pee, too bad. Stay in place. If really have to pee, almost peeing pants because water slide trickle noises everywhere, visit bathroom but leave all items at meet-up place: phone, wallet, pump, glucometer, brightly colored beach bag, creel–this way dying child not assume abandon forever, maybe even test own blood sugar, eat Spree, live.
It may seem Bigfoot ignore older child. That completely true! This trip Jack mostly snowboarding on slushy warm April Vermont snow, Bigfoot Spouse mostly teach snowboarding, Bubs mostly swim, Bigfoot mostly read North Korea book. All meet up at end of day watch Survivor on big hotel TV, sheets so soft/high thread count, collapse.