How ’bout you check my blood glucose for 11 years?

night checks for 11 years Diabetes Advocay

“Mom, you didn’t check my blood glucose last night”
“Yes I did, but if you are worried about it and you are awake maybe you should be checking yourself during the night. It would be great to give me a break after 10 years.”
“A break? That’s okay.”
“But you should get used to checking yourself. If you are awake at night anyway why not give your old Mom a break?”
“How ’bout we go for you checking me every night for eleven years instead?”

That was the conversation I had with my son the other morning. I had to laugh to myself when he suggested that I didn’t check his blood glucose levels. He never wakes up when I do check him unless he is high and needs to use the washroom or hasn’t gone to sleep yet when he was supposed to.

This child sleeps through everything! I drizzled snow on his bare back that very morning to wake him up (after calling him and blaring music) and he continued to sleep. He used to sleep while eating a sandwich after a low. He can sleep while drinking a juice or chewing glucose tablets. Its all a little unnerving but I watch, make sure everything is chewed and swallowed and that he doesn’t choke.

The fact that my son is such a sound sleeper does scare me a bit. He sleeps through the alarms on his pump so a continuous glucose monitor won’t get him out of bed to treat a low. The only upside is that when he sleeps at a friend’s house, he does wake up to the alarm. Well, maybe the friend wakes up to the alarm and gets him moving. Either way, he does check his blood glucose levels at night when he isn’t at my house. He does wake up to the alarm when he is with his father…and then rolls over and sleeps while waiting for Dad to get up and check on him.

The upside to all of this is that he is still young. My son has a few more years before Mom starts to really get on his case about waking up himself. For now, he is spoiled…Mom gets him up, Mom cooks for him, Mom checks his blood glucose for him, and Mom gets his glucose for any night-time lows. If he is really lucky he will marry a girl who will do even half of this but he may be pushing that one!

After 10 years, I am getting tired of waking up for night-time blood glucose checks. I have been waking up through the night for 16 years. Yes long before diabetes came into our lives, so I am sure that I will continue to wake up at all hours for many years to come. If I am waking up I might as well make sure that he is safe and I have checked his blood glucose levels especially since the rest of the conversation went something like this…

“I have to be checked at night. I might go low and die if no one tests me.”

Ouch! I did clarify that he would probably just go low and worst-case scenario have a seizure. Sadly he knows the reality of what can happen. There are some that argue that your body will kick in, you will rebound, and all will be fine except for a nasty high the next morning. This may be the case for many but my son and I have also seen a different outcome. He knows that I have had friends go low at night and never wake up again. It is not a reality that I enjoy my young child being aware of. He takes it in stride but he knows just how deadly diabetes can really be.

If you need help keeping track of your blood glucose readings, take a look at the Diabetes Advocacy Planner. It has tracking pages as well as more information to help you better manage your diabetes care.

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