Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Time to recognize

Wow - October has come and gone in the blink of an eye. We had an extremely busy month filled with family events, work, doctors appointments, flu shots, traveling, school parties, house parties, a fieldtrip and some trick or treating to finish it off right. We made it through somewhat unscathed and had some fun too. Everything was happening so fast that I didn't have to much time to worry. There were only a couple extreme highs (400's) and a handful of mild lows. I don't know if it was because we had no choice but to go with the flow and no time to stop and over analyze, but Grace's BS numbers were really good most of the month.

We were doing a lot of testing throughout the days, so we caught any numbers that were falling and avoided problems, but this is where I am getting concerned. Very early on, before Grace was even four, she started to recongnize her lows. Of coarse not every one, but by this year I was really feeling comfortable with her ability to tell me when she was low. We have been working on playtime. She might feel low, but she doesn't want to stop playing to tell me. So I've been really trying to reinforce how important it is to let me know and if we do quick sugar test and maybe a chewie (starburst), we don't have to sit and rest while we wait for her sugar to come up. This is very understandable problem for a five year old. I love that she is getting out there and playing with other kids and having tons of fun. I just watch a little more and test every 30-45 minutes. Problem solved. But this month we had probably four or five lows (60's-70's) that she didn't recognize. We only caught it because it was time to check for a snack or meal or what not. This is very scary to me. Even after she tested low & I asked how she felt, she said fine. She didn't feel low. I thought we were lucky because she was on top of recognizing her lows. Maybe it was all of the excitement and emotions of the month? With the holidays ahead of us, we will continue to test, test, test and remember to take time to slow down a little.


Wendy said...

Hi Andee!

Nice to "meet" you :)

Thanks for stopping by Candy Hearts.

TEST, TEST, TEST!!!! The story of our lives. As my daughter has gotten older, she has been able to discern lows pretty well. The times that she hasn't caught them herself seems to be because the change is too rapid...in those lows, she'll actually become symptomatic (whiny, tired, fussy) AFTER juice is already on board. I don't know??? It's like her brain just can't keep up with the rapid shift or something.

At any rate, keep up the good work!

Reyna said...

Joe has gone through periods of not being able to tell if he is low. I think sometimes it is that his body is 10 steps behind his brain and he doesn't want to stop and assess what his body is feeling until his brain fails from a lack of fuel (hello sugar). Also, if I am running him too tight...he doesn't recognize the fall in BG. So in that case I back off of his settings on his insulin pump...get him used to "higher" numbers so that he feels the lows.

It sounds like you are doing a wonderful job and are all over it girl!!!

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