July 30, 2007

Up All Night

I always have trouble getting to sleep, so I usually set the timer on my TV, and drift off to the sound of Alton Brown or Stephen Colbert.

Last night, I was on the brink of sleep when I heard shuffling from Noah's room- then his skinny silhouette was in my doorway.

"Mom, I can't sleep"

Are you low, honey?

"no, but I'm wicked thirsty"

We better check your blood sugar, you were on the high side all day...

"I'm FINE mom" (at this point, I'm convinced he's high because he's arguing and being an all around little snot)

I finally convince him that it's in his best interest to just let me do it, so after I dropped the lancing device twice coming down the hall, and pricked my own finger by accident, I managed to get a drop of blood from him that might as well have been an Everlasting Gobstopper... the reading was off the charts. Literally ,the Cozmonitor readout said BG OVER 500.

Holy crap, I groaned. We have to try another finger to make sure dude.

Again BG OVER 500. I gave him the correction, and tucked him back in.

Now I'm wide awake and thinking to myself that I need to stay up and check him in like an hour and a half to make sure he doesn't go low like he always does after a correction. Time to grab the clicker and channel surf.

This is how the rest of the night went:

12:30 a.m.: Watched 10 minutes of Forrest Gump

12:40 a.m. : landed on the Godfather for a few

1:00 a.m.: Switched to HGTV and watched 2 hours of Design Star ...( I'm loving Josh Sparkle, and that Robb guy is a major jackass bully.)

2:15 a.m.: the cat got up on the bed and got all comfy- on my bladder.

2:30 a.m. : got up to pee...

2:35: checked Noah's BG and it was 248 (eff!) correction again.

2:40 a.m.: back to bed, and still wide awake. My husband rolled over and started mumbling in his sleep, so of course I had to poke him awake and share the fact that I was still awake and he needed to share my pain.

He snored in my face and rolled over saying, "I'll do the next check".

If I could marry him again, I would!


Major Bedhead said...

I hate nights like that.

That photo of the cat is fantastic! How'd you do that?

Shannon said...

We had been doing 50% corrections if Bren was high during a nighttime check so that we didn't worry about him running too low.

It's like having a newborn with the sleep thing, isn't it?

Lea said...

I wish I could take credit for that picture, but it's someone else's talent there.
I snagged it so long ago- I'm bummed too, because i'd like to credit the source.

Lea said...

Shannon we posted at the same time :)

yep, just like a new baby! I'm lookin' mighty attractive with the HUGE bags under my eyes today.
We normally give half of the suggested dose as well but seeing that over 500 thing sent me into panic mode! yikes, it doesn't take much. LOL

Anonymous said...

Hello Lea,

I have loved reading your blogs about you and your son Noah. I thought you might be interested in helping out the International Diabetes Federation a bit.

We are in the midst of our preparations for the first UN-observed World Diabetes Day (www.worlddiabetesday.org) on 14 November this year, and I wanted to ask you if you would like to help us to spread awareness of this worldwide event and the theme we have chosen for it this year - Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.

It is estimated that over 200 children develop type 1 diabetes every day and there's no question that the disease often hits disadvantaged communities the hardest, and that children in the developing world can die because their parents are unable to afford medication. In many countries diabetes is still considered an adult disease and as a result can be diagnosed late with severe consequences, including death. Even after diagnosis many children experience poor control and develop complications early.

This is why one of our key objectives for World Diabetes Day this year is to double the number of children covered by the Life for a Child Program - http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/go/wdd-2007/life-for-a-child. We also want to encourage initiatives that can help to reduce diabetic ketoacidosis (diabetic coma) and to promote the sort of healthy lifestyles which can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes in children.

A version of the diabetes circle, the icon we used for our Unite for Diabetes campaign http://www.unitefordiabetes.org/ has now been adopted for World Diabetes Day and we have produced a number of web banners that you can view and download here http://banners.worlddiabetesday.org

The way in which you can help us spread awareness of World Diabetes Day is to add one of the banners to your own blog, which we would really appreciate.

The UN's World Diabetes Day Resolution (61/225) was really just the first goal of an ambitious campaign that we have been leading. This is the first time a non-communicable disease has been recognised as a serious threat to global public health and we are hoping now to further raise awareness globally of the disease that is predicted to contribute to 6% of the world’s mortality in 2007.

If you would like to know more about the UN Resolution and our plans for World Diabetes Day this year, just drop me a line at stephanie.tanner@idf.org, and I will get back to you with more information.

Many thanks,
Stephanie Tanner
IDF - Communications Assistant