Tuesday, May 15, 2012
One Great Thing
What is the one thing that I do really well when it comes to diabetes? I think it has to be my ability to be a Continuous Glucose Monitoring Mom during the night. We do not have a CGM. We do not have a My Sentry or a D.A.D. We simply have a sleep deprived Mom and some serious guardian angels who like to kick her butt.
For years I would set an alarm clock for 3am. I would then wake at 2am and find my son was running a little high. I would correct and sleep for another two hours.
I would go out at night, come home and test my son only to have him sit up in bed in a zombie like state with a blood glucose reading that barely registered on his meter. Somehow I just knew to test before I did anything else.
I can go to sleep, be sound a sleep and something will wake me. I will need to use the washroom. I will have a dream of my phone ringing. I will be sound asleep, dying to stay right where I am and "something" will make me get myself out of bed. I will stumble to my son's room and be instantly alert when I realized that his blood glucose is low...and dropping.
I am sure that a CGM would say that I was fallable and it could do better, but I have heard that it makes mistakes too. So far, knock on wood, I have never slept through a low that caused a seizure. My son has woken up every morning. He will ocassionally wake to his highs and has woken to one low in over 12 years. Thankfully the Momma Monitor has only slept through the night a hand full of times. I may not get the readings right before bed. I may not bolus properly all of the time or gage the influence of activity exactly right but so far I have been able to protect my son at night, protect his body, and keep his A1c down to an acceptable range. I think that counts as "one great thing".