Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Obsess much?

These days, Elise's daytime numbers are pretty predictable. I can usually guess within about 30 points of where it's going to be at any given time. I guess that's because things have been pretty calm for the last month or two, and I've gotten pretty good at figuring out how many extra carbs to give her when she's active. The fact that we weigh everything and the foods she eats are pretty consistent doesn't hurt either.

But yesterday threw me for a total loop when her pre
-nap number rang in at 397. What the CRAP? She's usually anywhere between 90 and 150. She had worked herself into a pretty good tantrum over wanting a pacifier (another "WTC" moment - she's NEVER taken a pacifier in her life, she just happened upon one that was left in our house by a friend), and I had figured she was just tired.

So I went down my checklist...

? Nope, 0.0 on the blood ketone meter.

Any other signs of illness? A quick swipe of the temporal thermometer
showed no fever.

Any foods at lunch she doesn't normally eat? Uh-huh... homemade chicken soup, veggie chips, grapes and some drinkable yogurt.

Rebound from a low? Not very likely... she was 159 at lunch and I checked her about 90 minutes post-lunch. No signs of a low, and she usually gives some indication.

Not an insulin problem... she doesn't get a shot at lunch time, because her morning NPH covers her, and I know that insulin is still good.

So then what the what caused this huge spike? All I can think of is she got into some food (something she's never done), or perhaps I wasn't careful about the weighing (didn't tare the scale, etc.).

When she woke up from her nap 90 minutes later, she was 413 with 0.3 ketones
, but in a much better mood.

I don't normally get so crazy over her numbers, but when one comes out of left field like this, it's always a brutal reminder that this disease is anything but predictable. Today, all her numbers have gotten back to "normal", coming in at 113 right before her nap.

That's more like it (
but I'm still obsessing over that number from yesterday).


  1. Oh, I hate it when D throws us for a loop like that! Glad to hear today is a better day!

  2. Joshua's numbers are all over the board too and I have no way to predict yet so I can feel your pain!! Hugs to you!!

  3. Sorry about the pacifier! :)

    We had fun though!

    Hope things start making sense again soon.

  4. Stop obsessing! Sometimes numbers just happen. It'll be ok, Friend!

  5. Don't you love it when d socks you in the gut?? NOT! Sorry about the curve ball, but REALLY glad things seem to be back to "normal" today. :)

  6. The minute I think Jonathan's numbers are "stable", D pokes it's head in and says "uh-ah". Glucoaster is becoming a common term around here.

    Hang in there. Elise is lucky to have a mom that watches her so closely.

  7. You rock! I never know what Maddison's number will show....at least you are back on track now...you are probably like me, you HAVE TO find a "reason" for each high number. I still do, to this day!

  8. A^$%^##@RGHHHHHHH!!! I feel your pain.

  9. OH MAN! That has been our week this week.
    I so feel your pain!

  10. Hi Joanne,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog today, I am so thankful to have found this wonderful outlet to connect with others who are living the same crazy "D" life! You have all made me feel so welcomed and I love that! I really look forward to getting to know you, and as far as your question about adding me to your list of blogs...I would love that :)

    I am sorry to hear about your crazy numbers, my youngest who is 2 years old is notorious for putting up crazy high numbers that seem to come out of nowhere!!! It seems like you can do everything right and then something like that happens and it can drive a person mad!


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