December 17, 2007

It used to be a Teddy Bear

Delaney had been running high. Growing. I know all parents feel this way but, can’t they just stay small? - just so the Basal rates last for more than 6 or 8 weeks.


It was time for the basal reprogramming process, start over night, work through the morning, into the afternoon and evening. Naturally it was the week Mrs. YDMV went on a cruise with her girls friends, leaving me to realize just how much I appreciate not being a single parent the rest of the time she is here.

I checked her at 11, midnight, 1, 2, 4 and 6. Delaney’s number used to get funky between midnight and 1. Not this time. The number started up a little at 2 and by 4 were skyrocketing. Dually noted. I corrected and settled in for a few more nights of checking to see if this was a trend - if so the basals would be adjusted accordingly. Oh joy! a few more nights of this.

I was just getting back to sleep when I heard such a clatter, I should have sprung from the bed to see what was the matter.

(Did I mention the 11, midnight 1 and 2 blood checks? At 4:15 I tried to pretend I didn’t hear it.)

Then more clatter and the older son was at the door to tell me Connor fell out of bed.

OK I get it, this was the spring from the bed kind of clatter.

I slouched out of bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the stairs I crawled like a snail,
Staggered to the steps and stepped on the dog's tail.
The green screen of meeter let off a soft glow
that gave a luster to the body below,
and what to my wondering eyes should appear?
No not miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

Only Connor half under then bed checking his blood.


We keep juice in his room for just such an emergency, well with type 1 it is more of an eventuality. Connor has swim practice a few times a week. The coach swims him hard. It would be enough to drown me.

Next night he was meant to back off the basals. I didn't know if he did but since I was up confirming the other one's late night trend I stopped in and checked him too. 34. 34 is #$ if you hold down the shift key. It is also close approximation of what you say too.

So I started checking in to see if he did a temp basal after swimming.

The next night, fast asleep he had a juice with him, tucked in just like his Teddy Bear when he was little.


  1. Diabetes is all about eventualities, itsn't it?

  2. Dude. Update your blog you slacker.

  3. Dude. What is it with you and the nagging about updates? You blog addict. "Hi, my name is Nick and I'm a blogaholic. " ;)

    What gets me is that half the time I am so dazed and confused from being jolted from my deep sleep cycle that I forget that the juice is already right by her bed and I go into the kitchen to get it. I did a little dance the other night when I actually remembered that it was on the night stand.

  4. Yeah I need to do some updates.

    I got this real cool Bobby Flay Mesa Grill cookbook and I have been cooking like crazy.

    Well that and the 40" Samsung. Man that 16 - 0 Pats football game looked cool last night.