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Re: [IP] A Poll -- 3am check on kids

I almost forgot how 'wonderful' it was growing up with diabetes. Your reply
really brought back some memories...
d since 1956
----- Original Message -----
From: Fran Baumgartner <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Sunday, January 23, 2000 8:36 AM
Subject: Re: [IP] A Poll -- 3am check on kids

> Hi,
> I've been following this thread and I am a bit confused and have some
> thoughts that have compelled me to respond and ask questions.  First of
> my intent is not to judge, condemn or whatever and I apologize in advance
> if it comes across this way.  I do not have kids with diabetes but I am a
> kid with diabetes since age 3, diagnosed 1963.
> Personally I do not do 3:00 am checks, but I do check any and every time I
> wake up in the nighttime.  After being on the pump for a week I did two 12
> hour fast where I got up every hour through one night to set my basel
> accordingly.  I typically wake up with "normal" blood sugars.  My schedule
> too can be erratic and well I am female so I definitely deal with the
> hormone stuff.
> I would think the pump would make things easier for parents, but from what
> I am reading here that does not seem to be correct.
> Growing up, all my parents had was my urine ( if they could get it out of
> me when "they" wanted it.  <VBG> ), and those lovely tablets to see if I
> was somewhere between blue and orange.  They had absolutely no tool
> available to them to test me in the middle of the night.  Does this mean
> they didn't check on me, no, but we've talked about it and I know that for
> the first year my mom got up a lot to check on me but after that off to
> I went and so did they without getting up to check on me.  I had my one
> shot a day from the lovely boiled glass cartridge and stainless steal
> needle, had my three meals a day at the exact same time, and my bedtime
> snack and as you can see I am still here to talk about it.
> Blood testing was not available until I was 20 or so.  So for the first 17
> years of diabetes and it was trying to aim that "spoon" and put that drop
> of urine on the tablet and pray it came up blue.  I know there are several
> members of this list that know what I am talking about and glad to be
> around to talk about it.
> I guess what bothers me about this thread is what are your kids going to
> when they leave the house?  I would think it would be more beneficial to
> teach them to make adjustment to their basel rates according to their
> activity level that day, etc..  For me teaching them this would help them
> when they are on their own.  I would think with the pump that you should
> able to alleviate the nightly testing, but from what I am reading this is
> incorrect, why is that?
> Recently I've had a few friends call me to say that a friend of a friends
> age old child has been diagnosed with diabetes, what would you
> recommend.  I immediately say "a pump after they've gone through the
> honeymoon period".  Now I wonder, I wouldn't wish on any kid or parent
> having to get up every night once or more.  Yes at first this is
> but always?  No thanks, I think aiming for the "spoon" was much easier and
> I survived quite well my first 15 years of diabetes doing that.
> Again, I don't have kids so I can't even begin to relate what any of you
> parents are going through.  I can only relate to what my own parents have
> shared with me and my own life experiences.
> Fran, Type I 37 years, Pumping this time 1.5 years.

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