Thursday, January 27, 2011

In the span of an hour, a "high" and a LOW

Diabetes is humbling.

Extremely humbling. I'm not sure when I'll realize that.

I've been seeing a lot of beautiful Dexcom lines....lovely lines, swaying perfectly between high and low.

Since Apidra, we've seen A LOT more of these gorgeous (only to D-moms!) lines.

Take today, for example. We had a beautiful afternoon at the park with good friends. Adam was running like crazy, and I avoided a low by checking Dex and seeing he was 101 with double arrows down. A couple of glucose tabs later and he was sitting pretty at 110 15 minutes later.

I was feeling pretty darn good about myself. I bolused him correctly for dinner, even though he changed his mind on what he ate at the last minute. **pats self on back**

Bedtime...his Dexcom shows a steady 150. Finger check shows 142.

"I rock," I think to myself. "I'm going to take a picture later of his Dex just so I can show everyone how awesome I am as a mama pancreas." (Did anyone guess that I was about to eat a slice of humble pie?)

I just went upstairs 10 minutes ago to grab the Dex so I could take a picture of my achievement for the day.

And then I'm stunned. And sad. I feel like I want to cry. And then I thank God that his liver kicked in when it needed to, because I didn't hear the alarms.

This is what I saw:

A closer look? What happened in the last hour?

My boy went low, and I had no idea. I was downstairs and didn't hear the alarm. Didn't know that his liver was possibly saving his life by pushing out extra glucose to cover his busy day.

I'm getting a baby monitor ASAP. And never again assuming that I've got this diabetes thing figured out.


  1. I'll bring your monitor to you tomorrow a.m. Hugs, Heath.

  2. You ARE awesome!!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on that awesome run of numbers.

    As for the low...well...PRAISE GOD FOR THE LIVER!

    You're doing great. NEVER forget that!

  3. Isn't it amazing all that you "see" with a cgm....kinda scary all we miss without it. glad all is ok.

  4. You're doing great! God is watching over our precious little angels!

  5. We are going in for our CGM trial next month..I am curious what we will see! Hooray for the liver! BTW - doesn't it seem like these things always happen when you are feeling a little extra confident in your pancreatic skills?! I know it is that way for me!

  6. We've got our baby monitor on, too. In addition to other children sleeping in the same room that can hear it and wake us up. Isn't it great to have a Dexcom! I love that it is one more eye on my son.

  7. ::Hugs:: We don't have a CGM and I wonder how many times that's happened and we just don't know it. I'd rather not think about it.