My sons came to visit for a weekend over the Christmas holidays. The visit was short but very much appreciated. It took a minute or two to get back into the hang of having diabetes in our house. Sadly however, we quickly fell into the routine of…
“Did you test before eating that?”
“How much did you bolus?”
“How many carbs do you think are in those candies?”
My children are now young adults and while I always said that I would test my youngest son any time he was in my house, I also try to respect his privacy. This means that when he is here, I ask him ahead of time if he wants me to test him at night. The answer is always the same…YES!
This time around I thought of my mom as I struggled to test at night. My mom had taken my children at certain times when they were growing up. As long as I gave her carb counts and a testing schedule, she was good to go! After the fact she would regale me with tales of sweat trying to get blood out of my son’s fingers at 3am.
Now it was my turn. The meter had changed. We were finally getting around to trying out his new Dario. The pump was one that I had never used except during vacations. I was a newbie…and it showed!
I struggled to get blood. The Dario has no back light so it was a challenge to see if the blood was actually hitting the right part of the test strip. I had the strip in backwards. I still didn’t have enough blood. And so the fight continued. My son woke up more than once during these “helpful” nighttime sessions.
I had to figure out how to correct with the “new” pump. I can correct on a Cozmo in my sleep. This pump is not a Cozmo. After I was shown by a sleepy young man how to bolus a correction it made sense but as I was scrolling through the pump screens at 4am, there were some not nice words being said!
I don’t know if I was a lot of help to my son. I don’t know if he got a break but for three days there was someone else to bounce numbers off of. For three days there was someone else to be up during the night. I know he appreciated it but being back in the diabetes saddle definitely gets a bit more challenging with time!