Insulin Pump & the Pumpkin Patch (#TheSundayPost)

Posted October 30, 2022 in Life Updates / 10 Comments

The Sunday Post
Blogger Anstice Brown with blonde highlights and a shoulder-length, wavy hairstyle. She is wearing glasses and a plaid shirt and smiling at the camera.

The Latest in my Life ☀️

It’s been a busy but fun week. I’ve been off work and I’m finally feeling better after the flu wiped me out. I spent the first few days at home catching up with chores, reading and watching films with my family. Then I got my hair cut and coloured on Tuesday, which has made me feel human again. I also made it to choir on Wednesday after missing last week.

My daughter’s new Omnipod

Thursday was a big day for us as my daughter was fitted with her first insulin pump-the Omnipod DASH.

This wireless pod is filled with insulin using a vial and syringe, then attached under her skin with a tiny cannula. Although we will need to change it every 3 days, she will no longer need to have 4+ injections a day, which is much better for her. Instead, we can control everything with a click of a button on the Omnipod handset.

There’s a lot to learn as it has so many settings, but it’s going to make a huge difference to our lives. It means we have greater flexibility, for example, she will be able to have snacks whenever she likes, change her mind about what she’s eating, easily reduce insulin when she’s active, etc. It should also give her more stable glucose levels long-term and reduce her risk of complications later in life.

She now has 2 bluetooth medical devices attached to her 24/7 as she still has her Dexcom G6 to measure her blood glucose. She’s truly a bionic girl! We are very proud of her for how brave she has been.

We are also very grateful to the NHS for this amazing, life-changing device. 💙

She was very excited at dinner when she was waiting for her injection, only to realise we had already given insulin via the pod, and said “It’s like I don’t even have diabetes at all!” We had a family game night to celebrate.

Bell’s Pumpkin Patch

We visited our local pumpkin patch on Friday at Bell’s Nursery in Benington. It seems to get bigger and better every year. They had a maize maze, traditional fair rides, food and craft stalls, pumpkin carving station, pumpkin canon, kids space hoppers, hay bales to climb and lots of props set up for photo opportunities. We ran into some close friends there and the kids spent a long time playing in the hay and jumping in muddy puddles. My daughter was covered in mud and hay but had the best time.

Anstice's 6-year-old daughter with a blonde pony tail is wading through a big, muddy puddle in her wellington boots, facing away from the camera. There are pumpkins in the field surrounding her.

We bought about 5 pumpkins, which I’m looking forward to painting, carving and making soup and pie out of!

Unfortunately, while my husband was playing with the kids and letting them cover him with hay, some of his things fell out of his pocket. He didn’t notice until he got home and realised that his mobile phone, credit card and driver’s license were all missing! We rang the pumpkin patch and luckily the credit card and driver’s license were handed in the next day. We went to pick them up this morning and my husband went looking for his phone. He could hear it ringing and finally found it covered in mud, hay and rainwater! The screen has a few more cracks, but other than that it seems to be working fine!

My Husband’s Birthday

It was my husband’s 43rd birthday yesterday and we had a quiet day at home. My daughter helped me put up some balloons and banners the night before. I made him a fry up for breakfast, then we watched a movie with popcorn and nachos in the afternoon after he opened his cards and presents. We also had an Indian takeaway for dinner and watched his new Bullet Train DVD after the little one had gone to bed.

Caramel and chocolate birthday cake decorated with Dragon Ball Z cake toppers.

Today, we went to my in-law’s for Sunday dinner and he had his birthday cake. I showed my mum-in-law how to use my daughter’s pump and they told us all about their holiday to Cyprus.


Here’s what I posted since last time:

Reading 📖

The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V E Schwab book cover, featuring wavy bronze lines and small blue flowers on a navy blue background.

I finished The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V E Schwab this week. I loved it and kept staying up until 2 am to read “just one more chapter”. It’s a beautiful and haunting Faustian story with lots of references to art, music and philosophy. It took me on an emotional rollercoaster and made me really think about the nature of life, death, love and memory. 5 stars! I must read some more V E Schwab books. Any recommendations?

“France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever-and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore, and he remembers her name.”

Watching and Listening 📺

  • I’m still enjoying The Orville on Star (Disney+) but my sister has told me to get a move on and watch season 2 so we can talk about episode 6 which is, apparently, “everything”.
  • I introduced my daughter to Bear and the Big Blue House on Disney+ (also on my sister’s recommendation) and it brought back so many memories of watching it with my little sis. Such a sweet show and the the songs are great.
  • Loved Bullet Train-it was the second time I watched it and the first for my husband. He loved it as much as I did. It’s got some dark humour, exciting action scenes and a twisty and unpredictable plot. A cameo from a certain actor at the end made me laugh out loud. One to watch if you enjoy things like The Boys and Deadpool.

Singing 🎵

I was back at choir this week after being off ill. We were practising some new songs for our Christmas concerts. There are a few I don’t know, with tricky harmonies, but I’m excited for the challenge.

Now I’ve just got to sort out a sparkly outfit to wear. Everything I’ve ordered so far has not fit me. This is definitely the fault of careless clothing manufacturers and absolutely nothing to do with my after dinner chocolate habit.

Our next “gig” is at Boston Stump (St. Botolph’s Church, Lincs) on Thursday 24th November at 6:30pm, the same night as the Christmas market and Illuminate parade. Please drop in and see us if you’re in town for the festivities.

Boston Christmas market and Illuminate parade advertisement, 24th November 2022. Market place 12pm-8pm, Illuminate parade and Christmas event 4pm to 8pm.

Quote of the Week 💬

"The farther we've gotten from the magic and mystery of our past, the more we've come to need Halloween."-quote by Paul Curan
Sunday Post meme badge from Caffeinated Reviewer, featuring a cartoon woman reading the newspaper with a pot of tea next to her.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.

“It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.”

The Sunday Salon meme badge from Readerbuzz, featuring a bright yellow and orangesunrise

The Sunday Salon is a weekly meme hosted by Deb @ Readerbuzz.

“Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one’s earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book.”

How was your week? Have you read anything by V E Schwab? Have you done any fun autumn or Halloween activities? Watched, read or listened to anything interesting this week? Let me know in the comments!

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10 responses to “Insulin Pump & the Pumpkin Patch (#TheSundayPost)

  1. mae

    It is great that your husband’s lost valuables were returned or just located under the hay! Have a happy Halloween!

    best… mae at

  2. That is so awesome you were able to find your things at the pumpkin patch! I’ll bet your husband was relieved! And that’s amazing about the Omnipod!

    I watched Fall this week and it was pretty good, but yikes if you’re afraid of heights! 🙂

    • It’s the second time my husband has left his valuables in the middle of nowhere and both times he’s been very lucky to get them back.
      Yes, my daughter is so much happier now without all the injections.

  3. Glad you’re feeling better and back to singing with the choir!

    As someone who is deathly afraid of needles, I am very happy for your daughter that there is an easier way to manage her diabetes with that pod thingy!

    Your husband sure was lucky that he was able to get all his missing items back and his birthday eats all sound delicious…popcorn, nachos, Indian, and that cake!!!

    • Thanks. It’s made a lot of difference to my daughter’s wellbeing and made her feel more “normal”.
      My husband is a big foodie so we spent most of the day eating, ha ha.

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