Friday, June 10, 2011

Our Life Saver.

36 and double arrows down on Dexie. 

Now THAT is something I never thought that I would see. If I did see I assumed I would be administering Glucagon because that would mean one of the girls was dangerously low. 

Today, I saw it.  One of my fears, realized, yet again.  Honestly I really wish my fears would QUIT becoming reality and my hopes and dreams would become reality instead.  Yep, 36 and double arrows down.  You know what? There was no Glucagon, no call to 911 because of a seizure or because Lovebug had passed out.  Nope none of that.  WHY? 


What in the world?!  They only way I knew she was that low, was because of Dexie.  Dexie alerted me to Lovebug's low.  Dexie, not Lovebug, Dexie.  As you can see I am having a hard time digesting this one.  The fact that Lovebug was acting completely NORMAL while at 36 boggles my mind!  How is that even possible?  After I checked her and low and behold she was actually 36.  Typically I would have taken a picture of this but for some reason I was SCARED.  So scared I literally dropped everything and made her sit down and drink a juice pouch immediately.  

I can't even begin to tell you how much that terrified me today. For a split second I thought of that what if....I let my mind go there and I freaked out.  I was shaking I was so upset.  I guess the whole reality of Lovebug and Princess having Diabetes was right in my face today.  I didn't like it one bit. It made me very uncomfortable.  I know all the bad things that can happen with diabetes. I just don't let myself go there. I can't. But for a split second (okay, maybe 2) my mind went there with the "what if's".  

I thought about the "what if" we didn't have Dexie? What if I had never thought to push for a CGM?  What if Dexie hadnt' been here today? Would the worst of happened?  I wonder how many time Dexie has saved Lovebug's life.  Literally SAVED her life and I don't even realize it?  

All I can say is for Lovebug, Dexie is a godsend. I don't know where I would be without that extra piece of equipment attached to her.  I'm not sure I could function if she didn't have it. At least knowing what I know now.  When we first looked into getting a CGM I was VERY hesitant.  Mostly because I didn't want Lovebug to carry around two separate units. I mean really, that's a lot for a 4 year old to wear around her waist. A year later, I have a entirely different outlook on the whole thing.  Yes,  It really looks horrible under her shirt.  She looks like she is carrying around extra weight around her waist.  BUT  I wouldn't trade the little bit of security it brings to our family's life for ANYTHING.  


Denise aka 'Mom of Bean' said...

Ugh! I hate those moments that make you 'go there' and D-reality smacks you in the face! Thank God for Dexie!
We are having the CGM talk with our NP on Monday. :)

Reyna said...

Dex is a God Send. I am so glad that he/she/it was there for you. The acting "normal" when in the 30s is CrAzY. It scares me too when it happens around here. Love to you and your family Heather. You are doing such a wonderful job caring for all of them.

Sandy said...

Yes, my hubby (much older obviously) has unawareness hypo and his CGM was a gift from god. He has acted normal at that number many times...unfortunately, before the days of CGM he at times went waaaay low before we caught it. I felt the same did he get through that? And not pass out, completely.....I know the scary feeling heather! *hugs*

Heidi / D-Tales said...

We've seen the same in Jack. He'll be seemingly fine with a really low number, and at other times, he'll be out of it with a number that's just mildly low. Go figure!

Meters can be off by a certain percentage. Maybe she was actually a little higher than 36??? Who knows...

Regardless, I'm glad she was fine and you could treat her without glucagon.

We love our kids so deeply that it's hard not to think of the "what if"s. Hugs, Heather! I hope that's the last time you see a 36 for a good long time!

sfincham said...

Ellie (age 5) has done the same thing. I didn't do a before getting in the car check a few months ago (of dexter or finger) it hit me about halfway down the road and I pulled into a parking lot to check her. 34 came back at me and I thought I was going to quit breathing! She had no idea (or appeared to have no idea). Yet she consistantly catches her numbers on her own between 60 and 70 and has (since then) caught some 40's when on the playground? D is a sneaky little turd isn't it?

Nikki of Our Diabetic Warrior said...

My son doesn't feel his lows either. That is really scary stuff! Praise God that He prompted you to pull over!


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