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RE: [IPk] Help or advice before I totally crack up

On 4 May 2003 at 21:54, Gail DAVIES wrote:

> as a child diabetic the docs always kept on about keeping
> sugars down and i dont remember them mentioning tring to
> stop hypos, i grew up as a child constantantly being told by
> docs to keep sugars down or i would have kidney failure,
> amputations and blindness.my mum is a real worrier and
> constantly worried about me but she didnt stop me going on
> school trips just so she wouldnt have to worry about me, im
> so grateful to her for giving me that indepence, my cousin
> who was also diagnosed with type 1 as a child was never
> allowed to go anywhere and his mum did everything for him
> and as a result he found it very hard looking after himself
> as he got older.

Hi Gail,

Emily is gradually taking over more of her care at her own 
pace. I don't like the way the clinic staff try to force 
the issue. I can't help thinking that she is likely to be 
giving herself injections for a long time, possibly the 
rest of her life, so why the rush now? She does all of her 
injections now and some of her blood tests but a lot of the 
time she's too busy and wants me to sort the meter out for 
her. I'm not worried because she was like this with 
injections but that gradually changed. I know she will take 
over completely eventually but don't see any need to rush. 

Robert is a little older and has done every single 
injection since he was diagnosed just over a month ago but 
he still gets me to sort out the meter while he washes his 
hand :-) He's doing it all this week because he's staying 
with friends in Wales. I think he felt he had something to 
prove because he always said that if he became diabetic he 
would prefer to do his own injections.

Maybe the difference is that we are warned to be careful 
about hypos as well as high BG's these days. Although I 
know 'dead-in-bed', brain damage and coma are very rare I 
can't help worrying about it, particularly since Emily has 
stopped waking with low BG's at night and we are still 
discover unexpected lows when we test at night. I know 
Emily wouldn't wake with an alarm clock to test herself and 
it seems a lot to ask of other parents. When Emily was in 
hospital over night recently the nurse had 4 attempts at a 
blood test before it worked! We couldn't even reduce her 
insulin really as the only active insulin at that time is 
the Glargine and it would have to be reduced for days 
before. I think we will have to rely on feeding her up well 
before bedtime if she really wants to sleep over sometime 

Would a pump help avoid these night time hypos?  I am 
beginning to suspect the main cause is exercise during the 
day and I assume we would be able to reduce the basal rate 
overnight if she has had more exercise during the day 
(unlike the Glargine).

Mum to Emily aged 10, dx Oct '99
Novorapid x 3 or 4, Glargine x 1, 
Robert aged 12 dx Mar '03 
Novomix 30 x 2 (+ Novorapid when hungry!), 
and Matthew aged 7.
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