Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Diabetes gave me a birthday present

Or at least that's how I'm looking at it.

Yesterday I decided to choose one of those hibachi Japanese restaurants for my birthday dinner. I think the baby was craving some dinnertime entertainment to go along with our food.

Before we left the house, we checked Elise's BG... 95. Wow, she was 299 when she went down for her nap at 2:30, that was a pretty big drop in two hours. Happy with her pre-dinner number, we made the 15 minute drive to the restaurant.

It's 5:00, so we (along with the rest of the 65 years and up crowd) sit down and wait for the food to start flying. We gave Elise her insulin, and our food started to arrive.

I nervously watched Eileen, just waiting for those darn double arrows and numbers in the high 200s that have been showing up lately towards the end of dinner.

Elise happily had some soup, salad, zucchini, brown rice and steak, along with her milk and some cantaloupe for dessert. The entire time Eileen sat there with a flat arrow (meaning stable BG), and didn't go any higher than 120. The whole freaking evening. I was so happy that when the waiters had me stand up so they could sing me the birthday song, I did a little dance... pregnant belly and all.

I thought for sure by bedtime, her BG would start to shoot up, ruining the chance for Elise to have some cake with her snack, but a finger poke showed 109. Awesome!

Then I was CERTAIN that the cake, combined with the new, lowered dose of NPH, would shoot her to the moon overnight. But overnight checks proved me wrong. By midnight she was 158 and hovered there pretty much all night long, waking up at 159 this morning.

Thank you diabetes... and Happy Birthday to me. It's the smallest things that can make all the difference in the world.


  1. OMG...that is AWESOME. I am seriously doing a "happy dance" over here for you. A night with such awesome #s after eating OUT even is UNHEARD of in our house.

    Happy Day After Your Birthday!!!

  2. Aw, so glad one of the good days came on your birthday! It's such a rare treat when things go well! Hope you had an awesome birthday!

  3. Joanne!

    We TELL OUR NEW FRIENDS when it is our birthday, do we not?!!!? Happy birthday!
    I thought it was odd Elise wanted Benihana for her birthday, but she's so mature, I just went with it. :)

    I didn't realize the three of you will be so close in birthdays. Poor Fred. :)

  4. Makes me smile thinking of such a nice, calm night for you all!

    Happy bday!


  6. Happy birthday!!! I'd take a birthday present like that any year! As far as I'm concerned, presents like that are the best! :)

  7. Yea - what Jessica said. New friends need to be in the know! Happy birthday from me and D.


  8. Sounds like you had an awesome birthday! So happy for you :)

  9. Happy Birthday to you!! THAT is AWESOME!!!

  10. Happy Birthday! Those BGs sound like SUCH a dream!

  11. I can so see you doing a birthday jig! Awesome numbers for an awesome momma! I'm glad you had an great birthday! Love ya!

  12. Woo hoo!!!! And happy birthday, Jo!!!!

  13. Hooray! Happy Birthday Joanne!

  14. wow joanne that is just awesome and you are the bomb the dance with the preggo belly and all . That is just awesome hope you had an awesome bday too . God bless you .

  15. fantaaaaastic! happy belated bday! :)

  16. Happy Birthday!!

    Yay, it's so awesome when diabetes decided to play nice!! Today is my hubby's birthday and I think he wants to go for hibachi tonight. I'm going to hope some of Elise's blood-sugar-mojo rubs off on me. ;)


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