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“I’ve Been High, I’ve Been Low..Won’t You Save Me San Francisco”

The first time KC heard Train’s “Save Me San Francisco”  she said “Hey this is a diabetes song…cause I’ve been high and I’ve been low.”

Now whenever we hear this song we sing along at the top of our lungs.

And this week, she has been high and she’s been low…

She’s been from 59 to 373 and back again in under 12 hours. Tonight we’ve seen 384 at 7:30 and 59 at 9:30….up to 90 at last check. I’ve cut her basal rate for an hour to see if that helps.

So what’s the culprit causing this roller-coaster? School, volleyball, and just being an 11 year old girl! Trying to pinpoint an exact cause is…..futile. Because just when we think we have it figured out, something new happens.

For two weeks, KC has been running a little high before volleyball practice and then dropping low while playing…until today. This time she just went higher and higher after the game. Could the victory be the cause? Our sweet JV team isn’t used to winning and this was a huge accomplishment…so maybe.

And the wacky numbers have turned her emotions upside down as well. Yesterday, I received a call from her homeroom teacher telling me that KC had a meltdown. My sunny, always smiling, always optimistic sweetie cried all through lunch. She was upset because her classmates chose a “Bring Snacks” reward party over a “Movie” reward party. She was beside herself because she wouldn’t be able to pig out like her classmates. I’ll get to my opinion of food rewards in a minute. Bear with me…

Immediately, I think her blood sugar must have dropped. But then again, she’s 11….11 year old girls cry at the drop of a hat. BG turns out to have been 63…well, that answers that!

And then she wakes up over 300 this morning….

So back to food rewards….I HATE THEM! Having lived with a food allergic child for 13 years, I have had my fill of trying to make sure my child is able to celebrate just like everyone else. (And yet, today, I sent in cookies for #1 son’s first high school club meeting just to make sure there would be something he could eat–will this ever end?)

I discussed with KC the fact that depending on the time of the party, she may be able to have a special snack. I told her she could have a light carb breakfast that day (she loves bacon and eggs!) and have a larger snack. If the party is too close to lunch, but not close enough to bolus to cover both, then she’ll have to fill up on low carb snacks. Her homeroom teacher (not the one hosting the reward party by the way) and I brainstormed special snacks. I made a trip to the store and dropped off a bounty of non-perishable decadent treats that were below 15 g. Her teacher had already made up baggies of nuts and stockpiled more diet soda. The key was finding treats that weren’t part of her normal daily snack selection. And KC was thrilled with the goodies! Sunny girl is back in town!

For now….

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About kcandcompany

Mother of two...one with food allergy and one with Type 1 diabetes.

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  1. Hey Robin, I couldn’t agree with you MORE about food as rewards..sick of it too. Hey, if you get a chance can you just email me the treats you picked up for her to have at school that were less than 15g carbs..I’d love to do the same for Lucy. 🙂

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