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, December 7, 2012

Thankful for Zofran

The flu is bad enough.  The flu with Type I Diabetes is miserable.

Rosie didn't keep anything at all down for most of yesterday.  Not chicken broth, not Sprite, not water.  I finally called the endocrinologist's office to see if they had any suggestions.  I had run through my usual arsenol:  giving regular Sprite instead of Diet to get some carbs in her,  sips of broth, etc.    She was showing "trace" amounts of ketones and her numbers were good-- in the mid-100's all day-- but I was starting to worry about dehydration and increasing ketones.

Usually when I call, we get right through to the nurse or the nurses' voice mail, and they call back pretty quickly.  Yesterday, though, I was on hold for 15 minutes, and after speaking with the nurse, it took nearly an hour for her to speak with the endo and call me back.  She said that this area has really been hit hard with the flu bug and they were getting tons of calls for sick kids yesterday. 

At any rate, the endocrinologist prescribed some Zofran.  Zofran is one of the best drugs ever invented, in my humble opinion.   When I was pregnant with both kids I suffered from severe hyperemesis, and Zofran (plus Reglan in a pump that I wore 24/7) was the only thing that helped me.    So, anyways, I was thankful to hear that's what they wanted to try with Rosie. The plan was to try the Zofran and if she was still getting sick, to page the doctor last night and have Rosie admitted.

The Zofran is working.  Rosie sipped some broth, and later had a small bowl of chicken noodle soup last night.  This morning she's had some toast, and so far, so good.   Whew! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Poor Rosie got up around 6am vomiting.  It was a rough night-- at bedtime she had one of those lows that just wouldn't go away.  50% temp basal + juice box + glucose tabs only got her up to 77.  Her Dex alarm was going off constantly.   Then she finally came up around 1am, and we both got a few hours of sleep before she starting feeling sick.  Ugh.

I never know how diabetes will affect a "normal" illness.  Generally, Rosie goes sky-high a day or two before she actually shows symptoms of an illness.  Last night, she was low- go figure.  This morning she's running high, but nothing scary- I think she hit 320 at the highest point so far.  (Not good, of course, but we tend to see at least one 400 when she's sick.) 

So, here we go again... just waiting to see what extra challenges diabetes will throw our way.