Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The science experiment

Anyone else out there feel like your child or you are a science experiment? I just am still uncomfortable with trying a new dose to see what it does. I know the only way to know if something will work is to try it, but sometimes I feel like a mad scientist (emphasis on the mad).

Riley's sugars had been running a little high after he ate, so I figured it was time to adjust his carb ratio. So, instead of 1/2 unit per 45g, I went to 1/2 per 30g. Well, yesterday his sugar at lunch was 80. He ate 35g carbs, so he got 1/2 unit NovoLog. Well, a little over an hour later, it was 375. Now how did that happen? I'm wondering if his sugar dropped low and he rebounded. I just can't see how it could jump so high so quickly and he had taken insulin. Then, at supper that same night, it was 173. He ate 45g carbs (including regular cake for my mom's birthday party). Well, he got 1/2 unit for that and 2 hours later it was 78. So what's the deal? I think his pancreas is just screwing with me.

Then, the only way I can keep his sugar from dropping too low during the night is to give him regular pudding before bed, but that tends to shoot his sugar up. Last night when his sugar was 78 he had pudding and at bedtime it was 243. So, what do I do? I don't like his sugar dropping into the 50s and 60s, but I don't like them in the 200s either. We've tried different things for his nighttime snack (including corn starch) but the pudding seems to work the best to keep his sugars up. How do I decide which is the lesser of two evils?

OK, I'm going to get back to my science experiment. Butl, on the bright side, science was always my best subject.


Shannon said...

It really is experimenting. We find that Brendon is more and less sensitive to insulin at different times of the day.

He's much more sensitive at night than during the day and much less sensitive in the morning than at any other time.

You'll find a groove, it'll go well, and then it'll get all screwed up again because of a growth spurt, or a change in the weather, etc.

Good luck!

Urban Hermit said...

i'm a type I diabetic. i was diagnosed when i was 8 and am 25 now. the information given to diabetics is not helpful in the slightest in my opinion. the best way to approach it is to pretty much become a dietician yourself.

after looking for the info i wanted to know and not finding it, i am starting an experiment on myself on monday (it'll be posted in my blog) to see how much my blood sugar increases from a normal range when i eat certain foods including some that diabetics shouldn't eat. then i'm going to test how much humalog lowers it over its duration.

the theoretical answers to this can be found, but since everyone's body works so differently the theory can't be relied upon right?

i pretty much eat the same foods so i think going forward, this will be an easy way to monitor where my sugar is at (reasonably) without excessive testing, which is the most inconvenient part of diabetes for me. ^_^