Wednesday, February 16, 2011
A Tough Goodnight
I cannot explain why, but once in a blue moon, no matter what Vince does, he cannot keep his blood sugar up. We had a day like that yesterday. When I woke up for work, he was in the 60’s. I had him drink some soda to boost him up a little. Throughout the entire day, he stayed 70-80. You may think that doesn’t sound like a bad thing, and to a point, it’s not. However, when he eats, his sugar should peak higher and after the meal and it should come back down. This is how a normal pancreas works, so a diabetic has to try to mimic this 24/7. This was not happening yesterday. We even had pizza for dinner and he stayed hovering at 70. A few hours after dinner, we looked to see how much active insulin his pump showed was in his system and there was about 5 units still active. Vince got some fruit and iced tea and waited another hour. His sugar was still 70. He took some more iced tea and waited some more. It still stayed 70. This was so frustrating. It was getting late and I had to go to bed. I was actually scared to go to sleep and leave Vince alone. He kept on drinking his iced tea in hopes his sugar would raise. Eventually, he begged me to go to bed and get some rest and promised me he would be careful and would be okay. So I laid down in bed and tried so hard not to be nervous, but didn’t have much luck. About 30 minutes later, I went back out to the living room to see how he was doing, as he was still the same. I finally went back to bed and got about 2 hours sleep and woke up again to see if he was okay. This time, his sugar finally raised to 140. Finally! What a relief. I could finally go get some rest without worrying. We don’t know why, but this happens sometimes. It is actually a little funny, because I had just read that day on someone’s blog that they experienced the same exact episode recently. It doesn’t happen to Vince too often, but when it does, it is so frustrating and stressful.