Saturday, November 12, 2011
Kortnie and her sister had coupons for a free Personal Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut from the Book It program, so we let them use their coupons and we bought a 3rd PPPizza for our son. I also happened to have a coupon for a free 8inch single layer cake from Basha's bakery, so we went and got our free cake and bought a thing of ice cream. Kortnie picked out a marble cake with chocolate frosting and strawberry ice cream.
We brought it all home and they had a fine feast, then we played a game of pool.
Also, on Kortnie's 2nd D-aversary, Brian took me into town and bought me a new truck! A 2003 Ford Expedition, Eddie Bauer, a red one. We traded in my van for it. He'd been thinking of getting it for a week or so, and since he works for the car dealership people he got a fairly good deal. (He works as a mechanic at Show Low Motorsports which is owned by the same Hatch's that own Hatch Toyota). Later that evening when I posted a picture on Facebook of my new truck, quite a few people thought he had gotten it for me as a D-Aversary present because I'm such a good D-Mom. LOL...I don't think that's why he got it, but I guess I'll let my friends think that. (I had posted earlier in the day how I was all pissed off and depressed and in a bad mood because I hate Kortnie's diabetes, so they thought that's why he got me the new truck) Yeah, so now everyone thinks that he's an awesome husband or something. Well, I guess he's alright, I'll keep him. :-) And the other thing that happened on Kork's D-aversary weekend was that our dog got some kind of puncture wound, the best we can tell is that he got it climbing around on the wood pile outside, he was just not acting himself and not eating or drinking so we took him to the Vet, after we got home from buying the new truck but before the D-aversary pizza dinner. It was hard for our kids to see our dog all sick, but the Vet gave him some antibiotics and made sure there wasn't anything stuck in the puncture wound and he's all better now.
All in all the day turned out to be okay, I was mad and sad, I got a new car, the dog had to go to the vet but the kids learned a lesson about taking care of their dog, we had pizza, cake and ice cream for dessert, and played a few games of pool.
Oh, and we had pretty great BG's all day
5:00pm 145 (dinner, Pizza, Cake, Ice Cream, turned on a temp basal +20% for 4 hours)
8:00pm 134 (going to bed, turned off the temp basal)
10:00pm 323 (dang junk food at dinner and I didn't leave the temp basal on long enough, I admit I got nervous when she went to bed and I thought she had too much IOB, I'm still working on my temp basal confidence)
2:32am 220 (still coming down and she's always high at 2ish AM, been working on tweaking this basal)
6:45am 113 (a great waking up number if I do say so myself!)
Monday, November 7, 2011
Kortnie is okay with it, I guess, she just wants to eat a bunch of junkfood, I think last year we had Pizza and Root Beer Floats. I told her yesterday that Diabetes Sucks and she said, "no", I said, "well is it fun, do you like having it?" she says "no, I guess it kind of sucks". I feel like I put those negative feelings into her head and now I feel bad for that too.
My son had these scrapes on his back last week, right along the backbone, like scabs. I pointed them out to my husband and told him that Kortnie used to get those too, bruises and scabs along her backbone and I wondered out loud if Graham would develop Diabetes too. (I'm pretty sure these scabs are from them being so skinny and the way the bones rub on their skin, but since Kortnie was dx'd her bruises and cuts have come way down, I always wonder what the correlation between pre-diabetes and her bruises was). Anyways, my son heard us talking, the next day he told me (he's 4) "I know that little boys don't get blood sugar", "I know that little boys don't have to do site changes". Well, son, sorry to say that yep, little boys do get blood sugar and site changes. Great....Now I've put some negative thougts into his head too.
We did the JDRF walk this past weekend, November 5th. It was a great time, the girls and I went by ourselves. They really enjoyed themselves, Kortnie scored some cool pump and meter skins. She was high off the walk excitement when I put those negative Diabetes Sucks thoughts into her head. I had a good time too, but I did walk around crying most of the time, people were looking at me with symapthy in their eyes, but I think they probably mostly understood my tears. More on the walk later.
I think I'm really going to try to post more often, I have lots to say, lots that I think about and I love reading everybody elses' posts. I'm trying to comment more often, but I never think I say what I want to say the right way, I'm not an eloquent writer. I feel like I'm more just a string of babble. Well, I just wanted to aknowledge 2 YEARS here in the DOC. Even though I'm kind of pissed and sad or whatever, I want you DOC'ers to know I'm thankful for all of you.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Goldfish 15g is 10gc. I but a big box of Goldfish at Sam's Club, there are 3 1# bags in each box, when I open up a bag, I pour it into a #10can so they stay fresh and it's easy to scoop some of the fish out to weigh. (one serving is 30g Goldfish~20gc, I do 1/2 serving of this one)
With my Sharpie, I write the number of carbs on the outside of the baggie, this way, my kids, babysitter, husband, and I know how many carbs are in the snack already.
Peanuts, 10g is 5gc. Most of the time, Kortnie can have 10g peanuts as a "free snack", meaning she doesn't need to have insulin to cover it.
I buy these larger sized containers of Strawberry and Vanilla Yogurt and repackage it into these smaller containers. I do 112g yogurt is 18gc. This is another one that I half, the container says 225g (1 cup) yogurt is 36gc carbs. I don't think my little ones need a full cup of yogurt.
Applesauce 126g is 22gc. I buy this at Sam's Club too. For the yogurt and applesauce I bought these small Ziplock brand containers (they had Box Tops on them, were small enough, and reasonably priced). I put a piece of tape on top of the lid and use a Sharpie marker to write the number of carbs on the tape.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
1. The Illness I live with is: Type 1 Diabetes, I don't live with it the way Kortnie LIVES with it, but her illness is a family affair. I believe it always will be.
2. She was diagnosed with it: November 7th, 2009, we're fast approaching the 2 year mark, I'm not sure what to feel about that.
3. But she had symptoms since: The best I can figure it when I look back is that she started showing symptoms about 7 months prior to diagnosis. We had gone on a family vacation in March of 2009 to a family wedding, on the way home we had a long 2 day drive, I swear on that first day, she cried for us to stop and let her use the bathroom every 30 minutes and she was so thirsty, I didn't want her to drink any more water because of all the bathroom stops, but she was crying and so thirsty and so tired too. I figured she had a bladder infection from all the swimming or something, I made her drink Cranberry juice and eat some yogurt, when I look back I think she was probably having a bad pre-Diabetes day, something about that trip was the turning point for her slowly dying pancreas.
4. The biggest adjustment I've had to make is: It's hard to name just one thing, I'd like to say everything, but that really isn't an answer. If I have to narrow it down, I'm gonna say, the biggest thing we changed was that I quit my job, Kortnie was in 1/2 day Kindergarten when she was diagnosed, she was sad and scared, she didn't want anyone to give her shots but me, not even her dad. There was no way I was going to be able to send her to a babysitter and have the babysitter literally hold my little girl's life in her hands.
5. Most people assume: That we know what we are doing, they don't realize the thought that I put into everything Kortnie does, what time she eats, what she's eating, what she's going to be doing, is she growing, is she getting sick, will it be cold, will it be hot, is she going to be excited, it goes on and on, Everything she does or doesn't do will ultimatly affect her Blood Sugar somehow.
6. The hardest part about morning is: Getting Kortnie up early enough for her to check her BG, have breakfast and re-check again before leaving for school. Making sure her lunch is packed, her carbs in the lunch are written down properly for the school nurse and making sure she has enough battery life in her gadgets, insulin in her pump and test strips for her meter.
7. My favorite medical TV show is: Um, we don't have TV, but we do have Netflix, I recently watched all of the Grey's Anatomy episodes, I liked them, I used to love ER, but it's been off the air for awhile now.
8. A gadget I couldn't live without is: Kortnie couldn't live without her meter or insulin pump, I suppose she could live without the pump if she was on shots, but her meter, yep she needs that. Me, I couldn't live with out the alarm clock on my cell phone, I'd never be able to sleep if I was afraid I wouldn't remember to get up for a middle of the night check.
9. The hardest part about nights is: Worrying and not sleeping. I check Kortnie's BG at 8pm when she goes to bed, 10:30pm when I go to bed, 2:30am and then again at 5:30 or 6 when I wake up. Some nights it's hard to roll out of bed at 2:30am, especially if I am extra tired or feeling sick myself, my husband pretty much never does the 2:30am check, he sleeps right through the alarm. It makes me a little angry and bitter sometimes, but even if he did get up and do the check for me, I'd still wake up and want to know what her number was, what her IOB (Insulin On Board, the insulin she still has in her system) was, how much insulin did he give or not give. Sometimes it's hard for me to stay up untill 10:30 for that check, my husband does help me with that one quite a bit though, and for that I am grateful.
10. Each day I take _ pills and _ vitamins. Kortnie takes a vitamin C and a multi-vitamin every morning at breakfast
11. Regarding alternative treatments: There are no alternative treatments for Type 1 Diabetes Kortnie's pancreas does not make insulin, you need insulin to live, so she takes insulin. I suppose there are 2 treatments for Type 1, MDI (Multiple Daiy Injections) or Insulin Pumping. They both involve insulin though, Kortnie is an Insulin Pumper, she has a tube inserted into her abdomen every 3 days and the tube is hooked to an insulin pump she recieves insulin every 3 minutes 24/7/365. Before becoming a pumper, she was on MDI and she took 5-7 shots of insulin every day.
People are always telling me about new things that can reduce her insulin dependancy or even cure her Type 1. For the most part these people I know are just trying to be helpful they are under educated in Type 1. I still look into these "helps" even though I know they won't work. Most of the time I try to educate them and tell them why it won't work for us, sometimes I don't. Shame on me, but sometimes I'm just too tired, my brain hurts.
12. If I had to choose between invisible illness or visible I would choose: This is a tough one, how about if I choose NO ILLNESS! I'm glad that Kortnie can do so many things, everything really, and that she doesn't have to look "weird" or whatever. After Kortnie was first diagnosed I took a 3 month LOA from my job at Walmart. I tried to go back to work Part-Time, my first day back they put me at cashier training, I went and covered a lunch break for a door greeter though, quite a few of my friends from work walked up there to talk to me. I was having a bad day and feeling sorry for myself and feeling sorry for my Kortnie, when in walked a mom and her child. Her child was older, maybe pre-teen or teen, and in a wheelchair, severly handicapped, and I thought to myself, "I'm glad that's not me, my situation could be alot worse" I used to think the Lord sent that lady and her kid to my door to help me somehow not feel so sorry for myself, and maybe He did, but I also wonder sometimes, if that lady would look at my situation and think that I am worse off than her. I guess I'm glad that Kortnie's illness is invisible, that way we aren't stared at and judged as much. It's all about perspective....
13. Regarding work and career: I always wanted to be a stay at home wife and mother, I didn't really love my job at Walmart and I wasn't that sad about having to leave it, my family could use the money if I went to work but what I was making there only left me about $50 a month after I paid for gas and babysitting. I might go back to work again after my youngest starts all day school (2 years from now), but we live in rural AZ and I'd want to find a job in Snowflake where we live rather then 20 miles away in Show Low. Even though I expect Kortnie will have more independance by then, she'll be going through puberty soon and I hear that is HELL on Type 1 girls, probably boys too, I'll still feel like I need to be within a couple minutes of her if she needs me.
14. People would be suprised to know That I never feel in control and that most of the time I still don't know what I'm doing. I'm scared all of the time too.
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: That we can't really be carefree or spontaneous anymore. We can't just jump in the car and go on an adventure, find a new place to hike or go fishing. We have to think, plan and pack all the stuff that Kortnie needs. Even something as simple as a family bike ride takes thought.
16. The one thing I never thought I could do because of my illness but did do was: Kortnie can do anything she wants to do, except go without her insulin. She tries to avoid shots and site changes and finger pokes though. I'm glad that she can still do anything, but I'm sad that she has to think about it so much, it's like part of her childhood is gone.
17. The commercials about my illness: UGH, there aren't many about Type 1, the Type 2 commercials can be scary though especially for a 5-7 year old, I remember her asking me once if her leg was going to get amputated, what do you tell a little kid? I just told her "No, probably not"
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed: Telling her to just go find a snack or sleeping all night long.
19. It was really hard to have to give up: Sleep, you know how when you have a new baby and you get up in the middle of the night to feed it and cuddle it and you think it's not that bad most nights because eventually your baby will sleep through the night? Well, just the other week I asked my husband if he thought that when Kortnie was a teenager would I still be doing the middle of the night checks and he said yep, and when she's grown up you'll probably call her at 2am and see what her BG is. Yeah, I think it's going to be another 10-12 years before I can sleep all night long.
20. A new hobby I've developed since diagnosis is: Um, I already had a blog, but I did start this DOC blog. I don't do it very often though, I have been more crafty and thrifty since her diagnosis though, probably because I'm not working.
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: First I would sleep 8 hours in a row at night, then I would take the kids and go somewhere fun, the lake, Phoenix, I don't know somewhere, and we'd have fun all day and I wouldn't have to think about Diabetes or how that cotton candy is going to make her BG skyrocket or how many juice boxes to pack, and I wouldn't have to stop and tell her to check her Blood Sugar. She hates that when she's having so much fun running around and I have to tell her to stop and poke her finger and eat or poke her finger and bolus.
22. My illness has taught me: Kortnie's illness has taught me that I am stronger than I thought and that all people are stronger than they think and I think it has helped me in my compassion skills as wel.
23. Want to know a secret? One thing that people say that gets under my skin is: "I don't know how you do it!" or "I could never do what you do!" Well, guess what, I don't know how we do it either, but we do and you could too. This is my kid, I will always do whatever it takes to keep her alive, I'll always do whatever it takes to keep all of my kids alive, I knew this before Kortnie was diagnosed of course, it's in the core of any parent.
24. But I love when people: Tell Kortnie how brave she is or how proud of her they are, I love when people ask me questions and they are willing to learn. (sometimes I might come off short but I still love when you want to know, it's just that sometimes D is such a broad thing that I'm still having a hard time coming up with answers that aren't too overwhelming for the non-D folks out there) I love that when Kortnie's 2nd grade teacher read a book about Type 1 to the kids this year and then let Kortnie show off her pump and test her BG that all the boys thought she was SO COOL!
25. My favortie motto or Scripture is: As the father hath loved me, so I have loved you: continue ye in my love John 15:9
26. When someone is diagnosed I'd like to tell them. "I know it's alot and you are scared to take your baby home and do this by yourself, but you can do it and there are lots of people out there that will help you, don't be afraid to ask for help" then I would hand them a list of DOC websites and blogs, I so wish I would have known about the DOC before I went home not 6 months later
27. Something that has suprised me about living with an illness is: Even though our lives have changed A LOT, in someways our lives have changed for the better. I am able to stay at home with our kids, our kids have more compassion, we eat a bit healthier, Kortnie is a whiz at math I think from all the carb counting. I thought our lives were doomed and "life as we knew it was over" and I guess in a lot of ways our old way of life is over, but this new way of life, it's not doomed like I thought it was going to be.
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn't feeling well was: When we brought Kortnie home from the hospital there was a huge banner hanging on our front window that said "Welcome Home Kortnie!"" I still don't know who put it up, but it was a nice thing to see. Our hospital was 4 hours away from our home so nobody could really feasibly come visit her at the hospital, but she did have vistors after she got home and that was good to see too that everyone who loved her came to see her and didn't really treat her any differently.
29. I'm involved with Invisible Illness week because: I liked reading everyone else's responses and I thought this would be a good first blog post back after I haven't blogged all summer long.
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: Blessed to have you in our lives, whether you are our family, our friend, part of the DOC family, or just a random reader.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
- (1st picture) Getting 900 test strips in the mail, I spent something like $322 on Ebay for them, which is way better than what I would have paid at the store usuing our crappy insurance.
- (2nd and 3rd pictures) Kortnie's birthday party, 2 great numbers for Kortnie and another T1 (Libby Lou from http://dimplesanddiabetes.blogspot.com/) at the start of the party, and the next picture of Kortnie and all of her friends.
- Getting an invitation to an ADA event in the mail on the last day of school. "Safety & Fairness for Children with Diabetes" For School Administrators/Health Personnel and Parents of CWD's. I got it a little before it was time to pick the kids up from school, I quickly made photocopies and gave invitations to the Principal, the School Nurse, and Kortnie's teacher for next year. The school nurse and teacher were pretty positive and told me they would plan on coming! Yay, I sure hope I see them there. I also gave some websites from JDRF and Animas to next years teacher and asked if she had time over the summer to check out some of the training modules. She was really interested and said she'd do her "homework" over the summer.
- My roses are blooming!
- Spending more time with the kids and other family members.
- Signing up for the Virtula 5k, for more info go here... http://www.mommysarunner.blogspot.com/ basically you sign up, pay $10, and run or walk your 5K (3.1miles) anytime, anywhere the weekend of 6/24-6/27. I plan on doing mine the morning of 6/24. That happens to be the week of my MIL's wedding and I'm doing the family BBQ and all that, but I'm still gonna do this, Kortnie can't quit her diabetes, so there's no way I'm going to say I'm too busy to do this. Go sign up, you should do it too!
- One year Pumpaversary was at the end of May, so thankful for this technology!
- Preparing for our vacation, we are going to drive to Provo, UT and spend a few days with Brian's brother and his wife, see Temple Square in Salt Lake City, do the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake and see some museums at BYU. Then we are headed down for a weekend of camping with my family, a mini family reunion type thing. My parents, my brother and all of his family, and all of my family. Plus some aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents of mine. This will be the first time my parents will have both their kids with both spouses and all of their grandkids together since 2005. It will be my first time seeing my neice who is turning 2 this summer!
Things that make me Frustrated
- Working so hard to fight High BG's and when I tell Kortnie, "no you can't have that right now, let's wait a little while" somebody coming along behind me and saying, 'oh just let her have it' or 'oh I feel so sorry for you', etc., etc., etc. You've all been there, you know what I'm talking about. But here's the icing on the cake...We were at the hotel, went to the complimentary breakfast which is a FREAKIN' CARBFEST, Kortnie checks her BG and it's kind of high in the 270's way higher than it should be in the morning. She wants, toast with Nutella, a bagel, an orange, and a blueberry muffin for breakfast. I told her, "Sorry kid, no way you can have one of those a yogurt and a hardboiled egg and we can take the orange and have it as a snack later" She starts crying, she's tired, her BG is high, I'm sure she feels kind of crappy and her I am telling her no. So I say go sit down at that table over there, you have a couple of minutes to figure out what you want while I get the other kids their stuff. So she goes to sit down, I get the othe kids their stuff, get my stuff, (I had the toast with Nutella, yogurt and egg just like I told her to have), come ask her if she knows what she wants, she says no and just sits there crying. Well, by now I know it's a lost cause and she's pissed and won't eat at all now, I give her a correction bolus for the high and I start eating. My husband now shows up I tell him what's going on so he takes her back to the room for a shower, after me and the kids eat I go back to the room and start doing other stuff, husband takes her back to the breakfast thing and comes back with....get this, a friggin bagel (69 carbs), a blueberry muffin (47 carbs) and a huge orange. Oh brother! No protein, just a bunch of "not very good for you" carbs. I was so pissed, but he already told her she could have it, so whatever, I'm not gonna argue, I'll let him battle the highs all day. He starts asking me "how many carbs is in this?" and all that, I tell him figure it out for yourself and I continue packing up the car. Oh man, I was really mad, like this one incident just pushed me over the edge. Am I crazy or what? I'm over it now it all turned out okay, but I think to myself, how can I encourage the kids to eat more healthier if he's just going to turn around and let them have whatever they want. (I could go on and on and rant and rave, but I'll save it for another post I think, this is a big issue with me)
- Re-setting Basal rates for summer, there's been no scheduale our meal times are erratic, some days there is lots of activity, some days not so much, the kids have been staying up late and sleeping in. I've been trying to re-tweak some basal rates, but it's not going very smoothly. We got the pump on the 2nd to last day of school last year, so we spent the summer learning how to effectivly use the pump, I feel like we're doing that all over again.
- Middle of the night checks, those will frustrate me forever I think, but also I think they are getting easier on both me and Kortnie. Not so much fighting, and we're getting them down to a good quick, poke, check, bolus (or juice or nothing) and back to sleep.
- Questions, Questions, Questions....It's good that people ask and want to know, but I'm tired of explaining, explaining, explaining....I'm burnt out, I need a rest, I'll advocate and explain later.
- Preparing for our vacation. While it makes me smile, it also frustrates me, gotta pay bills before I go, gotta make lists of stuff to pack, gotta go over food stuff with my mom who is bringing most of the food for camping. We like to say that Kortnie is the same as everyone else, but she's really not. She needs free snacks, she needs diet hot chocolate, she needs a supply of juice boxes and other sugar. My mom buys white bread, and I have 2 types of whole wheat bread that I buy for my family. Kortnie also has a minor milk allergy so she only drinks Almond Milk. (She had Lactose problems as a baby and toddler, I think she's pretty much grown out of them, but she won't drink cows milk, only Almond or Soy milk) I prefer to use premeausred oatmeal packets, I have to bring the scale, make sure mom has measuring cups and spoons in her camper, etc.
- Another super frustrating thing right now is that there is a huge wildfire burning not too far from us, its affecting family, friends and distant neighbors (neighboring towns that is), people we know have been evacuated from their homes, our communites are stepping up to help house animals and people, to give donations. Our mountain is on fire and it's sad. My kids are concerned, there is smoke in the air, it's a sad time for our community.
Here's the quick update that turned into a long post, sorry for going on and on.....
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Here's Korky sporting her new Hello Kitty pump pouch, we won it on Pumpwear's Free Facebook Friday. Every Friday, Pumpwear posts a video on their facebook page of items they are giving away and all you have to do is watch the video and leave a comment saying "I want it". Then they pick the winners, notify you and ask for your address and send it to you! All they ask is that you post a picture of you or your kid wearing the item on their FBook page when you recieve it. Anyways, about 2 weeks ago we won, we love Korky's new pouch, it's cute, its comfortable and sturdy.
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Having a snack before the awards started, fruit plate and a spluge of Diet Coke.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
This is Korky in her bed, we put these bunk beds up before the big D came into our lives. I am 5'2" and I hate when it's my turn to do middle of the night checks. (I do those 2 or 3 am checks way more often than Daddy does since he has to get up and acutally leave the house to work) Korky is the younger sister and she loves being on the top bunk, the older sister loves being in her cave on the bottom bunk, there's no convincing them to switch. Notice the step stool, really it's an old broken chair, I pull it over to the bed when I have to do checks. See the shelf in the top right corner of the picture? It was orginally put up to hold stuffed animals, but if you look close you can see a stash of Juicy Juice and Smarties as well.
And this last picture shows the "low" stash, some Juicey Juice boxes, Smarties, and a box of chocolates that she got for Christmas.
Now, here's my question. How do you do the middle of the night checks? I read your blogs and nobody really mentions anything about the kid waking up when you go to check their BG unless they wake up first because they are feeling low or high on their own. I have to say that 99% of the time I go to check Kortnie she wakes up, I almost always try to check her without waking her, but she always seems to sense it and pulls her hand away. I've tried doing her toes but usually I can't get to them and if I can she'll still wake up. I've read where some parents can even do site changes while their kid is sleeping. So, tell me what am I doing wrong? I go in and open the case, I can get the poker ready, get the strip in the machine and grab her hand then it seems as soon as just the poker touches her finger she's jerking her hand away. Then I calmly tell her, "it's time for a check". Some nights she'll get up and just poke her finger and let me collect the blood on the stirp, then she'll lay back down and go right back to sleep. On those kind of nights she's usually "normal" or maybe a little on the "low" side. But then those other nights, she fights me, she's in a sleep haze and doesn't actually get her finger poked, no blood will come out, you try to help her and she gets mad, it's a fight and by the time it's over I'm wide awake and can't get back to sleep. Usually these nights she's high. Then there are the nights when I can go in and poke her finger and she never even wakes up at all. These nights I like because I don't have to wake her up, and I don't have to fight her, but they also scare me because I'm afraid she's low and that's why she doesn't wake up. Usually on one of these nights she is either low or super tired from a busy/fun/long day. Then there's dealing with the lows, sometimes its super hard to get her to drink down a juice box, other times she coherent enough that she can even decide if she wants juice or smarties. Dealing with the highs isn't bad, I can just use the remote to give a bolus, but if I end up having to get her up for a site change, that's not so fun.
So I guess what I'm looking for is some tips on how to do these middle of the night checks, maybe we can make it a blog topic, everyone plan a blog about tips for these middle of the night checks, or if you've done one already send me the link to it. I'm curious! Any tips you want to give, how do you deal with bunk beds? How do you deal with fights? How do you not wake up the other kids in the room? How do you do the check with out waking up the D-Kid? How do you deal with the lows? (Acutally I've read about dealing with lows in the middle of the night quite a bit, doesn't look like it's much fun for anyone) Please and Thanks!
Now one more thing, for my readers who aren't D-moms but maybe family or friends. I don't check her every night (GASP!) I know! However, I do have a way of deciding if I'm going to do the check, depending on lots of factors, what she ate for dinner and bedtime snack, how her numbers have been running the past few days, if the site is new or how long has she had it on, how old her bottle of insulin is, things like that. On a normal evening we'll check her around 5ish at dinner time, then again around 8 at bedtime, then Brian or I check her around 10 or 11, or whenever we are headed to bed ourselves. It's at that 10 or 11pm check that I use all those factors mentioned above to decide if I'm going to need to do another check sometime in the 1-4am range. I'd say I probably end up doing a 2-ish-am check 4 or 5 nights out of 7.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Cute Graham-E-O modeling his new Spiderman Buff