February 11, 2007

Double digits are not my friend.

I don't know what's going on with O's blood sugar; it's been all over the place this weekend, but mostly low. Like scary low. And I just don't know enough about all of this to know what to do. Is it too much insulin? Not enough food? The honeymoon period? I have no idea. We have cut back on her insulin. She's eating well and seems for the most part to be feeling OK. I talked with the nurse practitioner on Friday. Marc talked to the nurse practitioner on Friday. We got conflicting advice. I called back a second time and got no reply. I'm not sure what to do. It's so frustrating.

On another, brighter note...to all the folks in the on-line diabetes community who have commented and emailed...I don't have the words to express how much I appreciate you.

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Blogger Nicole P said...

Seems very likely to be a honeymoon period. You may want to call the doc's office and ask to speak with her doc directly - that way you get the correct information 'from the horse's mouth.' I'm sorry this is so frustrating. Also - lots of the moms in the diabetes online world could lend great advice on this topic. I bet some of them will be by today - it is Monday, after all. :)

10:06 AM  
Blogger Kerri. said...

Paige - I agree with Nicole. Call the doctor and tell them that O is cruising around in the lows way too often. They can help you cut the insulin back safely. If it were my personal blood sugars, I would be testing often to see if I can find trends in the numbers (like I'm low all the time in the morning ... probably need to cut back on some insulin or eat a little more).

Hopefully things even out soon.

Okay, I'm off to fill my prescription for "People." :D

12:49 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

I agree with Kerri. Testing is the key to finding out if there is a pattern to those lows. (Riley gets checked on average around 10-12 times a day, it was more like 6-8 times a day pre pump) That way it's easier to see where some adjustments might need to be made, either in background insulin(which I assume for your girl is Lantus) or whether an adjustment in carb ratio is in order.

But, it's hard to try to figure it out on your own. My best advice is to be pushy. Health care "professionals" aren't always the most accomodating. Be relentless. Don't feel like you're bothering them by calling and asking questions. You need to take care of your daughter and right now you need guidance. They are there to give it to you.

And, another ((big hug)) being sent to you. I remember feeling so lost in the beginning and second-guessing everything I did.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Bernard said...


I know lots of testing can't be fun for O. I'm using a wonderful tester from BD. The lancets are really fine gauge and it's truly almost painless.

So if she's having problems with the finger sticks try and find out what gauge those lancets are. If they're 31 or smaller, switch over the the BD Ultrafine 33's (the bigger the number the finer the point).

I hope those lows start to settle down some.

10:07 PM  
Blogger soleclaw said...

I feel awful I missed all these entries about diabetes. I'm so sorry you went through all of this. I can't imagine how horrifying it all must be.

My mother is diabetic and I know it can be particularly trying to experience those highs and lows.

My thoughts are with you and little Olivia as you adjust to all this.

12:42 AM  

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