Thursday, February 3, 2011

The report card is coming...

It has been just over 4 months since Bekah's last endo appt.  I am nervous as I anticipate the appt next week.  I know I did my best and gave it my all but I am not sure her A1C is going to be under 8%.  With the illness, and growth spurts (and darn pasta) that elevate her BG at night and then the postprandial spikes after breakfast, my best doesn't feel like it's good enough.

I decided to do a basal assessment on her night time basals early this week now that the illness and it's BG effects seem to be gone.  Sunday night, I made sure dinner was on the table early.  I measured every morsel and bolused accordingly. Only I was trying too hard and made a stupid rookie mistake.  (I can't really count it as a rookie mistake because we are almost a year in to this whole thing) I measured a cup of mashed potatoes  (my girl loves her taters) and bolused for 1/2 a cup.  I figured this out when her bedtime BG check revealed a 322.  As I retraced my steps to figure how where the 322 came from, it was like watching your favorite vase falling in slow motion and you try ever so hard to catch it before it crashes on the floor in a zillion pieces. Noooooo!  I couldn't go back so I corrected and waited for another day.  As I did the 12 AM check on Monday night I realized that it would work then because she didn't have a bedtime snack and her numbers were good (and no pasta for dinner so a PPS-post pasta spike was not looming).  According to my results, I adjusted the basal from 3AM until 8AM.  I had the hardest time pressing those buttons to make it go.  3-6 AM is when everyone is sleeping, my husband stays up to do the 3 AM check and then goes to bed.  I know this is going to help those fasting numbers which will then help the rest of the day but it was hard to trust that it was going to really be ok.  This morning she woke up at 115.  I got a great feeling of accomplishment from that.  Tonight I woke up at 2:45 and decided to check in on her to see what was going on,  BG=110.  Those new basals kick in at 3.  Yes that is why I am up right now writing.  My husband needed to get some sleep as he was falling a sleep in the middle of his lesson plans (he is teach a class at our local community college). My trigger finger was getting itchy, I wanted to turn down the basals but then I saw Meri's sweet face smiling at me saying, "it has not been 3 days yet, you can do this just wait it out".  I decided to stay up and recheck in an hour.  So here I am...

It's 4:15 now, it's been over an hour since the last check so here I go to check again...wish me luck (pause)

Ok I'm back, BG=122  (big sigh of relief) to get some sweet slumber for 2 hrs before the day starts


  1. I'm glad it worked out for you! Way to go on the adjustments and being strong! It's hard! Hope you got some sleep!

  2. WOOT! And I love Meri's sweet smiling face. Just seeing her profile pic on her blog makes my day!

    P.S. I am with you on the "mistakes". I forgot to bolus Joe last week for breakfast...I remembered about 30 minutes after - UGH!

  3. Glad you listened to the "angel on your shoulder" (aka Meri) and it all worked out! Hope you're able to get some rest today. And thanks for the book recommendation, I'll have to check it out!

  4. And as a P.S., I nursed Elise at bedtime until she was 2 1/2 (when I got pregnant with Mattias). Never caused any issues for us at all!

    Silly experts.

  5. I think we all get a little anxious about our upcoming endo appnts. but don't forget that whatever her a1c is, it is NOT a report card, just a mark of where to go next. And as for rookie mistakes, even 2 and a half years into this, we still make them!
    On another note, I am going to send you some info on a fun D event coming up the end of this month...hope you guys will be able to join us.


    Let us know how it goes!!!