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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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As the Diabetes Turns

Scott Benner


See this picture? I think this was about three weeks ago, may have been a little less but I can't be sure - because I'm exhausted. Anyway, a few weeks ago I was awoken by a screeching DexCom G4 that had this to show me. Since this night, Arden's BGs have been anomalous. They are low for no reason, our insulin to carb ratios aren't correct and every management tool that we use is backfiring. For example, last night Arden ate an entire bagel that didn't require insulin but we of course would have never eaten a bagel without insulin - so her BG got very low. Last Saturday after Arden's basketball game, her BG was 24, yea that was a little scary. We bolus the equivalent of a juice box prior to Arden's participation in competitive sports to combat her adrenaline, basketball is interesting because without the bolus before the game she gets very high but with the bolus, her level (During the game) stays very stable but she needs to eat the minute the adrenaline is gone or the bolus will cause her to get a little low (In the 70s) . Last Saturday however... 24.

Arden has been low each afternoon following lunch and no, before bed BG, seems trustworthy. I've been up all night for, well, I think about three weeks. I'm beginning to get foggy and I can't escape feeling drained and endlessly tired. 

Arden isn't sick, her diet hasn't changed and she hasn't lost weight. Same insulin, same everything - I'm at a complete loss

This will make you laugh. Recently I explained to Arden that one day her hormone levels will change and that her blood glucose will be effected by the change. We spoke about fluctuations that may happen during that time and how we'd handle them.

So the other day she is drinking a juice box for a BG in the 60's that wouldn't budge, when she looks at me super-serioulsy and deadpans, "Maybe its the hormones". I think she was joking...

I'll keep making temporary adjustments to basal rates and boluses until this passes and I don't want to overdo it because you know this is all going to revert back in the blink of an eye. It's like someone sat on the remote and we are stuck watching a bad soap opera until we can figure out whose leg the remote is under.

The BG of 24 is it's own blog post, I'll write that as soon as I can get some rest. Excuse any typos, odd commas or strange turns of phrase... my eyes were closed during much of this.