Well I've been procrastinating writing this post...not because it's so awful that I can't bear to write/talk about it--nothing like that--just because sometimes it's nice to push diabetes to the back of my mind and just not talk about it--if that makes any sense. It gets a little exhausting. But it's high time I update so here I go.
A few weeks ago Syd started having consistently high numbers---like scary highs in the 3, 4, and 500 range consistently and we couldn't get them to come down. We would give her insulin with her pump and they wouldn't really budge. Then we started seeing ketones like the pics below. They were very high. Then she started getting the personality changes that come from high blood sugars and high ketones. It was a little nerve racking because the insulin wasn't bringing down her sugar. We had changed to a new bottle of insulin. Changed site locations twice. Finally, our CDE told us to give her an injection of insulin to see what would happen. So we got a rx called in for syringes and picked them up. What do ya know...the injection brought her numbers down great. (Which I was pleased about because if it hadn't, next stop was the ER.)
The next day we did the pump thing again and had the same high numbers. So our CDE and Syd's pedi told us to take her off the pump and go a few weeks with injections. So, with many tears on Syd's part, we disconnected Daisy and got a rx of Lantus called in so we could go back to the 5 or 6 shots a day. Since then her numbers haven't been great but they haven't been consistently high either. Last night for dinner she was 268. She received 5 units of insulin with 54 carbs. Bedtime was 98. Then she jumped up to the 300s w/in a few hours and stayed there all night. I checked her 3 times. She was 306. 310. and then 307. At 3 in the morning...with the 307 reading...I decided she wasn't gonna come down so I gave her 1 unit of insulin. W/in 2 hours she was low with a reading of 56. Then today for lunch she was 63 and was 374 at dinner. It's been very frustrating for me.
She just seems to be very volatile at the moment and we can't figure out what's going on. I personally think it is just the time of year. Last year she was the same and actually got put back in the hospital a few days before Christmas. Click HERE to read that post. So we have been doing the shot thing until this evening. I hooked Daisy (that's what she named her pump) back up. We shall see what her numbers do. She was 374 with dinner and 212 at bedtime. I'm hoping it isn't a pump malfunction because I bet that's annoying to try and use the warranty to get a new pump. Time will tell...
So, once again diabetes is taking us on a wild ride. We are just hanging on and we shall see what happens next! I'll keep you all posted. Thanks to those of you who checked up on her. Means a lot. :)
4 days ago