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Re: [IP] Advice needed on middle of the night checks


This is definitely a "YMMV" thing.  I don't like for my son to go much more
than 3 hours without a test (he is 8).  We check everynight at midnight,
3:00 a.m., and 6:00 a.m.  We sometimes go weeks with every over night
reading being perfectly in range or close to it.  But we also get the
'unexplained' (unexpected) highs and lows fairly often.  My goal is to keep
him as healthy as possible until he no longer has to live with this disease.
To do that, we have to check often.  I also want him to feel his best when
he gets up in the morning.  Therefore, I am happily willing to lose a little
sleep.  I know not everyone has this situation, but I (a SAHM) do all the
checks Sunday - Wednesday and my husband does Thursday - Saturday.  So I
usually get three nights uninterrupted sleep a week.  I sleep better when we
check him frequently, so it's very worth it to me.  I am waiting with great
anticipation for a reliable system for monitoring bg levels real time.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jonelle Davis" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2002 9:26 PM
Subject: [IP] Advice needed on middle of the night checks
> To all parents, past and present, of toddlers/kids with diabetes,
> Our son is 3 1/2 years-old.  He has been on an insulin pump for a year and
> half.  We were recently questioned about why we have not cut back on the
> number of BG checks we do.  We check him before every  meal, sometimes mid
> morning, always mid afternoon, when we go to bed, and then at 3 a.m.  The
> check mostly in question is the 3 a.m. check.  We were told that it may
> been necessary while he was on MDI with NPH, but  should not be necessary
> since he is on an insulin pump.  While that sounds tempting, from our
> sleep-deprived point of view, we are not sure that it is safe for him.  We
> have discovered several lows over the past year and a half, with numbers
> the 50's, which prompted a basal rate change at 1 a.m.  Then, days or
> later, the 3 a.m. check will show that the 1 a.m. basal rate needed to go
> back up, usually corresponding to a growth spurt.
> We would really appreciate your advice.  I wrote his diabetes care
> professional about this, too.
> Thank you,
> Jonelle and Mark
> Parents of Zach (Z!), dxd at 13 months of age, and Mitchell, age 6, who
> spot a low just by looking at his brother.
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