Put your books away, it's quiz time... can anybody tell me what this is a picture of?
If you said a picture of a Dexcom, you'd be right.
If you said a nice BG, you'd also be right.
If you said a pretty sweet 3 hour graph, that would be correct too.
But the picture doesn't tell the whole story. In that 3 hour time period that is displayed on the dex, Elise received NO insulin. None. In fact, when she dipped into the red, she got 6g of carbs.
Today was Elise's first field trip, and she was just a wee bit excited. The nurse went along and just after noon, she called; pod alarm. Basal stopped. Crap.
I had just come home after picking up Mattias from school. He was starved and exhausted. I also had a very hungry and tired baby. I knew Elise would HATE it if I had to come and change out her pod in the middle of her field trip (the nurse doesn't do pod changes per our request).
Thankfully, Elise was on the low side... hovering around 100. I told Nurse K to watch the dex, and let me know if she started to rise and we'd figure something out then.
It turned out, nothing needed to be done. Elise made it all the way until she got home. Her BG was 113 and a ketone check (just in case) showed 0.2.
The knife through the heart was Elise's thought on the whole experience, "Mama, it was like being a normal kid again! I was just like everybody else!"
Cue big, sad sigh. Followed by tears when she wasn't looking.
Damn you, diabetes. Damn you to hell.
***this is NOT medical advice, and I am not a doctor, although I watched a heck of a lot of ER when it was on TV. What? I thought Dr. Carter was cute. Anyway, you should never follow my example and not give our child insulin for 3 hours. Seriously... DON'T DO THIS. This was a special circumstance and a unique experience.
Fake Pancreas, out.