On night’s like this,I find myself talking back to our mySentry…and cussing at it. We’ve got a love/hate relationship, mySentry and me. Actually, I love mySentry and the fact that it alerts me to changes in KC’s blood sugar. What I hate is that I need to be alerted…what I hate is that my daughter had Type 1 diabetes. As I’ve stated before, most days, T1 is just part of our routine but then there are days like the past two days.
At 7 pm last night , KC was70 then by 11 pm she was 312. Correction by pump and one hour later she was 302. Another hour, and she was 294, which meant correction by injection. I tried to compensate for active insulin (or “insulin on board”) but not well enough….at 4 am the mySentry went off with a low prediction. She was 91; I cut her basal rate by 30%. At 4:30, she was 63. What would have happened if I hadn’t had the mySentry? First, I would have been afraid to treat the high for fear of the crashing low and if I had, well, how low would she have gone by the time my alarm went off at 6 am? And yes, I could have monitored the old-fashioned way by setting an alarm clock or timer to wake me up to check on her or I could have crawled into bed with her so I could hear her pump alarms. But what if I didn’t wake up? It is impossible to sleep through the mySentry alarm-the first beep gets me as does the flashing ligh.
And tonight….300’s all evening until 9:30 then her BG was 48. She’s had ice cream and glucose tabs which brought her up to the 90’s but back down into the 70’s and dropping at 10:15. So tonight I’m trying something new….I’ve unplugged her pump and am waiting for all the active insulin to be gone…just letting it drip out. She’s afraid I will forget to plug her back in….so here I sit, typing away to pass the time.