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[IPp] night-time lows

Hi folks

I don't know if you can get it in the US (although I should think so) but we 
also use a product called Carrero Hypo-Stop which is a tube of glucose gel 
that you rub into their gums, we've only used it once when our boy was low 
and uncooperative in the middle of the night but it worked like magic.

Nic mum to Ryan 4 dxd 6/03 pumping 11/04
Christchurch NZ

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cathy Adams" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2006 12:59 AM
Subject: Re: [IPp] family bed

> Melissa,
>  If your son is very low during the night and you have a hard time waking 
> him, you could try rubbing some frosting gel into his cheeks & gums to get 
> his blood sugar up a bit. Right after our son was diagnosed we had the 
> hardest time waking him up in the middle of the night to eat something. 
> Then our CDE told us about the frosting gel so sometimes we wouldn't even 
> have to wake him, it would be enough to raise his blood sugar. When your 
> son decides to sleep in his own room again you might want to get a baby 
> monitor so you could hear him if he was crying because he was very low but 
> couldn't get up to get you. Or you could place a walkie-talkie next to him 
> so he could push the button and call you if he needed help because he was 
> very low. Our son Cole has done amazingly well still sleeping in his own 
> bed after diagnosis. Last night was the first time he has slept in our 
> bed. His blood sugars were all out of whack - he was napping and we felt 
> the need to check him to find that his blood sugar was low and then of 
> course a few hours later he was in the 300s. We could tell he just didn't 
> feel right and a little while after putting him into his own bed he was 
> standing in our doorway wanting to sleep with us. I don't have any problem 
> with it, I want him to feel safe and know that we are right here in case 
> he needs help. I hope that you are able to avoid more severe lows during 
> the night.
> Cathy
> Mom to Riley (5), Cole (3, dx'd 9/05, pumping Animas), Owen (20 mos)
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Melissa Miller" <email @ redacted>
> To: <email @ redacted>
> Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 7:32 AM
> Subject: Re: [IPp] family bed
>> Thanks Deborah for your comment. Our son Alex is 13 and often sleeps 
>> between my
>> husband and myself. He has done this since he was diagnosed last year. 
>> There
>> have been several times when I have felt in my spirit that something was 
>> not
>> right and turned over and could feel the difference in him. I would 
>> immediately
>> test and he wouldn't move - he would be at 25 - 35. Then comes the hard 
>> part,
>> trying to wake him up. Often he has a hard time walking if he gets this 
>> low and
>> it is hard for him to get to me. Many times he has barely nudged me and 
>> is
>> almost crying because he knows he is so low but can not get up to test. 
>> It is
>> scary for me to know that there are many times I might not have caught a 
>> bad low
>> because he was in his own room. I know that there will come a day (soon) 
>> when he
>> will feel safe again but I am not worried about it. We have a king size 
>> bed and
>> I feel that peaceful sleep is more important than worrying about where he 
>> is
>> sleeping. We have
>>  always chose which battles to fight and this is not one of them. Other 
>> than
>> this stupid disease, Alex is a healthy, active, well adjusted kid.
>>  Melissa
>> email @ redacted wrote:
>>  I'm one of only a few parents I know of who still sleeps with their 
>> child
>> (at 11 years old) and I refuse to apologize for it. There are a couple of
>> times now that I've caught severe lows that I don't know how it would 
>> have
>> turned
>> out if I weren't right there to test and take action. I can't even think
>> about it. Diabetes is nerve wracking enough for me to let the fact that 
>> my
>> child is sleeping with me be an issue. I would love for him to feel that 
>> he is
>> safe to sleep in his own bed, but the reality, it seems to me, is that he 
>> is
>> not. Everyone seems to find their own way to deal with this and this has 
>> been
>> ours. My son is well adjusted, an excellent student, and in no hurry to
>> grow up. In this day and age that is okay with me. My two cents. Deborah
>> Good Morning All,
>> I haven't seen this topic addressed in our forum but then again I only 
>> joined
>> about 9 months ago. My daughter is almost 12 and was diagnosed in 
>> December
>> 2004.
>> Prior to diagnosis, Frances would crawl into bed with us during the night
>> about
>> 2-3 times a week, usually around 5am after she woke to use the restroom.
>> Since
>> one of us would be getting up near that time anyway we didn't make a big 
>> deal
>> about it. Sometimes Frances would go a week or more without joining us. 
>> If
>> her
>> sisters spend the night out she wants to sleep with us since our bedroom 
>> is
>> downstairs and Frances feels "lonely."
>> Frances is a very intelligent, organized child (aren't they all?). She is
>> very
>> particular about her appearance. She keeps her room very neat and she 
>> likes
>> to
>> keep everything else neat as well. This neatness has escalated since
>> diagnosis -
>> she will walk in the house and start straightening everything, sweeping, 
>> etc.
>> Maybe she is a little OCD?
>> She does a good job with diabetes management considering her age. She 
>> likes
>> to
>> do site changes herself, she likes to manage her pump herself, etc. She 
>> does
>> well in school, plays several sports, does stuff with friends (less 
>> friend
>> visits this summer since many of her friends are at camps on or 
>> vacations),
>> fights with her sisters - pretty typical kid.
>> In the last two months or so, Frances wants to sleep with us every night. 
>> She
>> doesn't have a problem going to sleep in her own bed. She just wakes up 
>> every
>> night and joins us. We've tried limiting liquids at night, getting her 
>> new
>> sheets & comforter, rearranging her room to make it cozier, etc. My 
>> husband
>> and
>> I are usually so dead asleep that we don't even notice when she comes in. 
>> If
>> you
>> ask Frances about sleeping with us, she says she feels "better when I'm 
>> in
>> the
>> middle of Mom and Dad." She doesn't get upset if we talk about it (unless
>> one of
>> her sisters comments). My husband and I don't treat her like a baby, she 
>> does
>> chores, is punished when necessary.
>> How do we reclaim our bedroom? I want Frances to feel safe by herself. I 
>> know
>> diabetes is a factor in this - perhaps the OCD is her way to gain control
>> since
>> her body has failed her. I'd appreciate your thoughts.
>> Thank you and have a blessed day,
>> Lecie Harrison
>> .
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