Monday, October 19, 2009

CrAzInEsS

The last 24 hours have been some of the craziest that we've had since her diagnosis. It all started when I forgot to give her Lantus at dinner time. ugh. She was on the low side...about 90....and having a grilled cheese to eat (12g), a small scoop of cottage cheese and a few baby carrots. I assumed that I just needed to treat this like her bedtime snack as well, seeing that it was 7 p.m. and she would be heading to bed within the hour. So, I didn't give her a shot of novolog...and it all calculated out that she didn't need any. Well, because I didn't give her novolog, the Lantus just slipped my mind, because I always combine the two.

She was in the mid-100's an hour later and I knew she would continue to go up some more, but it still hadn't hit that I'd forgotten the Lantus. At midnight, she was 350 and when I saw the number, I realized what I had done! Okay, what to do next? I had been wanting to switch her Lantus back to morning for this very reason....I've nearly forget every night! But if we do it in the morning, it just fits in our routine so much better. She eats breakfast at the same time and we don't have somewhere crazy to run off to. So, I decided to give her a correction and then would just wait til morning and give her the Lantus then. I had the brilliant plan of giving her half of the dose of Novolog that she normally would, because I was afraid she would crash on me. So, I give her a unit and decide to stay awake, just in case there are any problems. An hour later she was down to 141....so she was falling fast and I began to realize that this could be long night. :( Half an hour later, she was down to 78! Woke her up, gave her about 10 grams of carbs (hot chocolate) and she and I conked out on the couches. At close to 5, I woke up and checked her....67. Ugh. Juice box, then she and I went to bed.

I think Jeff told me that she woke up at 108. I'm not sure how much she had at breakfast, because Jeff did it all. So...off to church we go. I always check her before she heads to Sunday School and today she was 191. Perfect. 15 minutes before the service is over, Jada's Sunday School teacher runs into the theater (yes- our church meets in a movie theater) with Jada in her arms! Jada can hardly hold her head up....I run for her juice and check her while she's drinking it.....28. CRAP. I went ahead and gave her a granola bar, too, because I had the feeling that juice wasn't going to cut it.

I must say, I am SO glad that Miss Amy was her teacher today, because she is one of the most attentive, observant people that I know and she clued in on Jada quickly. She said that Jada suddenly became very quiet and the color was completely gone from her face. She grabbed Jada by the hand to bring her to us and Jada kept falling down, so she scooped her up and ran to get us. THANK YOU Miss Amy for your quick thinking! And I think it's time to send her meter and a snack with her to Sunday School!

So, I was thinking the drama for the day really should be over, but we have fought lows all day long. Even after eating pizza for lunch of all things! I even dosed her for half of what she should have and she still fell to 68. Grocery shopping at Wal-mart this evening turned into treating a low of 48 in the checkout line.

I'm tired tonight as I'm waiting to check her before I head to bed. I'm really hoping that she's on the high side, I will go crazy if I have another sleepless night! At least this time, if she is, I know that she's got that Lantus working to keep the numbers down.

I'm hoping for a much better night tonight!

9 comments:

phonelady said...

oh wow yeah I have zonked out in the grocery store line at wal mart too . and the lady kept asking me if something was wrong and the hubby kept saying oh no she is okay she is a diabetic and she needs sugar so there I am popping glucose tabs in the line . everyone staring . I just roll my eyes at ppl staring like Im some kind of freak I have been dealing with this since 16 so im used to it . tell amy she is not weird when she gets to that age just stuff happens . Im glad your daughter is alright and safe . thank god for miss amy in deed . glad jada is alright though .

phonelady said...

oh wow yeah I have zonked out in the grocery store line at wal mart too . and the lady kept asking me if something was wrong and the hubby kept saying oh no she is okay she is a diabetic and she needs sugar so there I am popping glucose tabs in the line . everyone staring . I just roll my eyes at ppl staring like Im some kind of freak I have been dealing with this since 16 so im used to it . tell hershe is not weird when she gets to that age just stuff happens . Im glad your daughter is alright and safe . thank god for miss amy in deed . glad jada is alright though .

Wendy said...

EEK! It's days like like that that make me wanna scream GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, if anything good came about, I'm happy to hear that you were able to get back to am Lantus. Just trying to find a silver lining, ya know....

28 -- YIKES YIKES YIKES!!!! Thank goodness for a SS teacher who picked up on what was happening. PRAISE GOD!!!!!!

Hang in there!!! I'll say a prayer for better numbers.

Melissa's Thoughts said...

what a day. I have totally done that; think I shared that before. Hope all goes back to normal for you and praise God for great Sunday School teachers.

Meri said...

Ms. Amy deserves an award! What a wonderful amazing person!

It seems like Jada's pancreas was like, "If your not giving her insulin, I will!" And prceeded to have a tantrum! A long awful mean-spirited fit! Poor Jada. :( Poor parents. :( What a day! I'm so sorry!

I pray everything settles down soon. Sending you much love!

Hallie said...

I'm so sorry- for both of you!! I'll pray tomorrow is better! What a great teacher! She's an angel! It gave me chills to read it!

Our church has met in a theatre! We have a big new blah that looks more like a theatre than a church! I understand!!

Nicole said...

Oh man 28 I know that is low I just don't know how low I will have to go get my calculate in a few minutes and divide by 18 . Poor Jada when you where describing the way she looked and the Sunday School teacher had to carry her to you...Oh man my heart broke!! I know how lifeless they look when they go low...It's sooo scary. Sorry you had such a bad day.

Shamae said...

Oh my gosh! So scary!! Syd takes her pack with her glucometer and snacks to Sunday School class too. One perk of the pump is when you have days like that you can turn the insulin way way down so that they run a little higher...piece of mind when you have had days like that. Hugs Amy! I hope tonight goes much smoother for you.

Rocksee said...

ohhh babe. I know this is stressful and tough. I have a 32 year old kid on Lantus/Novolog. I couldn't imagine dealing with someone Jada's age with this disease.

Brett tells me almost daily how much he admires you for being so vigilant with Jada's numbers. It's a constant struggle.

What I think is good is that Jada is gonna grow up with a HUGE support system around her and that's going to make this be 10 times better than it would if nobody was around who cared as much as you and jeff and the kids and the church teachers and we all do.

Jada is gonna kick diabetes in the face.

I know she will.

Stay the course mommy. You are doing fine.