Embracing Life & the Child with the Disease

Karen of www.bittersweet-karen.blogspot.com suggested at all of us who are d-bloggers should dedicate a week of blogging to the life of a diabetic . . . documenting schedules, routines, interruptions and the highs and lows of diabetes.  I thought it a great idea.  I am so anxious to read lots of blogs of cyber friends and learn a little more about their life and how they deal with diabetes.  We are at the beginning stages of our diabetic journey just shy of five months in.  We are still doing shots/injections and still honeymooning, so things aren’t as complicated for us as it is for others who are further down the road. I’ll be running a day behind recording Ryan’s entire day as a post, so let’s begin with Monday morning:

6:40am ~ Breakfast.  He needs 30-35 carbs for breakfast.  Sugar was 101, so I gave 2.5 units of insulin with our Humalog insulin pen.  He has breakfast shots in his thigh.  He had a toaster struedel and 8 oz of milk.  On the way out the door, he grabbed his two snacks for school and a bottle of water. 

9:00am ~ Morning snack.  All snacks consist of 14-17 carbs; 15 is ideal.  He goes to his cubbie and gets a snack and quietly eats it in the back of the room to cause as little of a distraction as possible in a kindergarten classroom.  I believe he took teddy grams.

10:55am ~ Lunch.  He goes in to see the nurse.  Sugar was 148.  So she gave him his 4 units of Humalog in the back of his arm (lunch site), and he went on to eat the school lunch and get 50-55 carbs in his meal.  Today on the menu was a pork patty (he loves these although it sounds a little gross to me).  He chooses two sides (although they actually can have three) and drinks water for lunch.  These school lunches are not an exact carb count, but for several days I went in with him and discussed his choices and now I have to trust him.  I was determined since he and his brother love to buy lunch at school that I was not going to make him take lunch every day and take another thing away from him. 

1:00pm ~ Ryan’s snack before specials which two days a week include P.E.  I decided since they are on a rotating specials schedule and the days he has P.E. rotates from week to week, we would just have snack on a daily basis at 1:00.  I’d rather him run a little high than chance a low at P.E. 

1:47pm ~ Got an email from the nurse saying Ryan was complaining of a stomach ache.  After investigation, she noticed it was because he drank nearly an entire bottle of water all at once because he realized he hadn’t hardly drank any water today.  I encourage water as much as possible because if he should run high, the water helps keep ketones away. 

3:00pm ~ Ryan has a small snack after he got home, a cheesestick.

5:00pm ~ Dinner.  His sugar was 239 . . . YIKES!  So when he saw the number he explained he knew why it was high.  They had a snack at school that he ate instead of his snack.  So he didn’t have what he took.  Instead, he had some thing that had MARSHMALLOWS  in it.  Well, yes, that explains the high.  I didn’t make a big deal about it, I just explained that marshmallows are pure sugar and he shouldn’t have them unless I was with him (note to self, remember to ask about school snacks every day!)  So, he was just shy of sliding scale (extra insulin for those non-T1ers) and had 2.5 units in his belly (dinner site).  Ryan at fried eggs, bacon and biscuits.  I let him have a little grape and strawberry jam on his biscuits.  He loved the strawberry (probably bad for future references).  He ate good.  He loves sugar free fudge bars, so he had one of those too. 

Ryan spent the rest of the evening outside playing in the sprinklers (without parental permission) with his little brother and laughed and played like any 5 year old. 

8:30pm ~ Evening shot.  Sugar was 151.  Very good considering he was so high at dinner and had jam on his biscuits.  So, he had 7 units of Lantus (a long acting insulin that works for 24 hours) in his backside (nighttime site).  His nighttime snack is the most important snack because he needs carbs that will last for the night.  He chooses his bedtime snack from a large bin of snacks in the pantry.  As much as we can, we allow him to choose.  The only time he doesn’t is when he is a little low to go to bed (bg under 100) and then we help him out and beef up the carbs AND protein.  He had 15 carbs of cheese its and a couple slices of lunchmeat ham.  The ham provides protein to make the carbs last longer (layman’s terms).  And he went to bed about 8:45pm. 

All in all, pretty uneventful day.  A little more flexible than usual, but we are thankful that his body allows for the flexibility. 

See you all tomorrow!!  😉

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