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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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Day 14: That’s a Big Pile of Needles...

Scott Benner

In a few hours it will be two weeks since I found the nerve to share this all with you.  Two weeks, 72 finger pricks (which means 72 test strips), 73 injections, one narrowly averted seizure, and one crazy BG anomaly later. 

Working backwards... We had a scare yesterday, I didn’t blog it because it shook me up pretty badly.  Here’s what happened...  Arden got an injection, I checked her 2 hours and 15 minutes later and her BG was 248.  So with 45 minutes left on the Novolog we went about our business, picked up lunch and went home to eat.  3 hours and 15 minutes after that injection and only an hour since she was 248... Arden’s BG was 27!  With none of the usual indicators Arden was about 7 points from a seizure.  I don’t know what happened.  It stands to no reason that I’m aware of and yet it happened.  I re-tested her... still 27 so we got the strawberry syrup in her and she ate.  Averted.  She never seemed altered, wasn’t agitated and took the syrup no problem.  No wiggling face, shaking hands or circles under her eyes.  That it happened like that frightened me enough to seek counsel.

So I spoke with Arden’s nurse practitioner today regarding the sudden and unexplained drop in Arden’s BG. She said,“yea, we see that sometimes”.  So I’m moving on with the knowledge that all of the information we’ve absorbed this year to help us manage Arden’s diabetes can be flummoxed not only by heat, cold, activity, hormones, illness, simple sugars & complex carbohydrates but also “nothing”.  So I’ve added that to the list of factors to look out for. 

On to the good news!  As you may have noticed the main page has been accessed 1350 times in these two weeks!  A rather impressive number considering it is not advertised anywhere and isn’t listed with any search engines (though if you know how to do that please contact me).  We’ve received comments, emails and well wishes from not just friends and family but from complete strangers from all over the country.  We are very excited that the site is opening eyes and maybe some wallets.

A number of you have signed up to walk with us on October 28th and we couldn’t be more thrilled!  A few of you have donated to the JDRF through Arden’s link and we can’t begin to thank you for that...  Walkers please reach out to your base and try to get donations made in your name.  Remember if you can’t make it to the walk you can still sign up and raise money without actually walking.  Last, if you haven’t donated yet please consider doing so.  It would mean the world to us.