Friday, August 2, 2013

Night Check Ramblings

Last night Dexie was beeping at me around 3 AM - High - 352! I wasn't terribly shocked. We had a rice and chicken dinner and my combo bolus was an epic fail. Then, unbeknownst to me until later, Alex grabbed 3 oatmeal cookies for a snack as Dexie was soaring upward in the high 300s about 2 hours after dinner. Even my homemade whole wheat oatmeal cookies made with just 1/2 cup of Splenda brown sugar mix wouldn't be a good choice at that particular moment. 

At any rate, I bolused her at 8 PM and 11 PM (as I went to bed) and set her a temp basal of 40% for a couple hours. Nothing says "get out of bed" like the beep beep beeping of Dexie at 3 AM!

I stumbled down the hall and turned on the hall light, leaving Alex's room dark but getting some hall light to see and set up her meter. I inserted a strip and poked her finger. The blood was watery and  couldn't get it to adhere to the strip (why does this happen sometimes???) I poked another finger. I got a nice big fat blood drop. Yes! As I held her hand with one of mine, I grabbed the meter with the other hand. Just as I went to siphon the blood, she yanked her hand away in her sleep, smearing the big fat drop of blood across her comforter and ruining my chance to get a reading. Ugh!!!!

I happened to say "Noooooo" as she yanked away which startled her awake (barely). Since I had 2 epic failures and she was semi-awake I handed her the poker. She is better at it than me at this point (sadly). She poked a third finger and stuck it up at me. Success! Dexie was actually dead on as the meter also read 352!

I bolused and she whispered "I love you! See you in the morning mom!". I kissed her and told her I loved her too and went back to bed.

This morning Dex was showing a nice downward line and an in range number of 130. 

Now to figure out how to wash her bedding...or just consider getting new bedding at this point...her blood stained sheets and comforter are starting to really show their wear and tear since December 20, 2011...maybe black bedding would be a good choice...

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Just why?

Why is it that I can have like 2 weeks of in range numbers (for the most part) and then suddenly this happens:


Granted this happens as my daughter mentions (casually no less) that her pump alarmed some time earlier in the day that the cartridge was low. AND, she decided to have 3 helpings of rice crackers between lunch and dinner (and though she bolused I doubt she bolused correctly from looking at her pump logs. Have I mentioned anything rice is evil? Have I mentioned how annoying it is to lecture my daughter about over snacking? She is ALWAYS wanting to snack! It's extra annoying since I know how she feels but it doesn't make it okay!)

So I change the site and say a prayer that in range numbers will return. And...they don't. Granted, she isn't HIGH anymore! But she is hovering around 200 and mostly hovers there since the site change about 36 hours ago. Last night I bolused her TWICE in the middle of the night and she finally woke up at a nice 130 number. But before the site change, there was no need to bolus her at night let alone get up twice to get those 200s to go away.  Then she has a breakfast of eggs and bacon and 1/2 cup of milk and shoots up to 246. Golly, what if she ate cereal? How can I make a more protein rich breakfast than eggs and bacon for pete's sake?

We're not doing anything different. Basals have not been changed. She isn't eating differently. We changed 3 sites in the span that she had in range numbers without any change. We didn't open a new bottle of insulin with this site change and it is not over the 30 day mark.

So why diabetes? Why? I get in range numbers and think all is going well. Then with the blink of an eye I don't have the in range numbers anymore. And I'm left wondering what the hell do I do now? Do I change her basals? Do I ride it out until the next site change? Do I bother her more than I already do to test and correct? Do I pull the site even though in fairness it doesn't appear to have failed since obviously she went down to 130 this morning?

Diabetes...you just suck.