Our D-history:

My daughter, *Rosie, was five years old when she was diagnosed on September 19, 2008, with Type I Diabetes. We started out on MDI, but in October 2010 we switched to a pump. We also added a Dexcom CGM in May of 2011. In February 2014 we changed to the Medtronic Enlite system- a pump and CGM all in one.

*Rosie is not her real name... I let her pick her own pseudonym for the blog!

Friday, November 16, 2012


Rosie went to bed an hour ago, then came back downstairs half an hour later because she felt low.  She was 95 and dropping.  We decided on a snack-sized Skittles pack (post-Halloween lows have extra treatment choices, LOL), she ate it and went back to bed, over and done in minutes.

I guess it's good, the routine-ness of it all.  Sometimes I barely think about it- we just deal with the numbers and go. 

There was a time when I would have stressed and worried over what to do with that 95... after all, it's not technically a low.  We could just monitor it.  We could reduce her basal rate.  We could suspend her pump.  We could try a partial dose of carbs, or carbs plus protein.

But over the years, we've learned that if Rosie is dropping fast enough that she can feel it, even if she's not technically low yet, we need to treat with fast-acting carbs, the same as if she was already low.   Would that work for everyone?  No, of course not, but it works for us.

I remember when I didn't think anything about diabetes would ever become routine- it was all so new and so scary.  There are still stubborn highs and scary lows, and there always will be.  But somehow I take comfort in knowing that we can deal with this scary monster as a part of our normal daily routine.
  I'm posting daily in November in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month and the WEGO Health's National Health Blog Post Month. #NHBPM

1 comment:

  1. It is crazy how routine D becomes after a while. Sure there are things that still throw us for a loop from time to time, but most of it is normal. Weird!


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