Thursday, June 18, 2009

A new record low

These are the types of records we don't like to set. Today Elise came in at a low, low 38 this afternoon. And what is so crazy is she woke up from her nap at 202 a mere 90 minutes earlier. And I even gave her a small snack too (only about 5g, but still!).

She was acting completely normal a few minutes earlier... we were playing on the floor and she was laughing away as I tickled her. We then went to get the mail, and when I saw yet another bill from an ER trip about 3 months ago (that insurance should have already taken care of), I decided a call to our carrier was in order.

My first warning should have been her asking for, then drinking a whole glass of water in one sitting (on a side note, does anyone else's child get really thirsty when low?). I was talking to someone from our insurance company when she started to whine. And she had that look.

So I got out the meter and continued talking to the guy as I checked her BG. When it came up as 38, I blinked a couple of times and was very tempted to shake the meter. Like it was one of those magic 8 balls, and I didn't like the answer it gave me. I told the person I was talking to that I had an emergency with my daughter and had to hang up.

And what is so amazing isn't how calm I was during the whole process, even though I felt like freaking out on the inside.

The amazing part is not how during all of this, the dog managed to throw up 4 times.

It's not even amazing how I managed to step in said throw up in my bare feet.

The amazing part is that as it was happening, I just shook my head and laughed. I didn't get mad. I didn't get sad. I didn't even get upset at myself.

It's this new thing I'm trying; don't let the D get you down.

I'm sure I will have my moments, but I'm hoping they will be few and far between.

In case you're wondering, Elise was an almost normal 81 when I tested her 15 minutes later. I was afraid that she would rebound really high, but came in at 180 right before bed. Nice.


  1. 38 sucks!! But you did great- good for you! I'm amazed at how we just do what we have to do with those scary numbers and we don't blink! Now...the dog puke.... I don't think I could handle that! :)

  2. You're awesome! But you know that, right? Poor dog--guess he was worried about losing your attention :)

  3. 38 - got it covered.

    dog puke x4 - not so much!!!

    When Addy was little, she would tell me she was thirsty or that she needed a snack. I distinctly remember the thirst as a way that she would indicate she was low...

    GREAT JOB...and good luck with the stinkin' bill!

  4. Big props for staying calm! Those low numbers are always scary to see turn up on the meter.
    Addison gets very thirsty as well as hungry when he is going low. He gets a very distinctive, urgent tone in his voice when he asks for a drink or food in these moments.

  5. I'm proud of you :) I know you must have really felt like freaking.


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