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2/3/13 11:22 P

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After a return to the Dr. He reduced his Lantus by 5 units and now has him taking it earlier at supper vs bed time- Has not been as bad with the night time lows! A follow up with the surgeon from his weight loss surgery was long overdue and had some insights on him using solid foods vs drinks for protein supplements!

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1/10/13 2:59 A

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you know that for awhile was my major problem..i became so sensitive to the basal (levemir) that even one unit was too much.so basal is out for me at the moment and i only use the novalog at the moment to cover carbs and that is always being adjusted dependung on the carb itsef lol..neverending fun
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1/9/13 9:22 P

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His lows seem to come when he is "at rest"...mainly nighttime, but at times if he takes an extended nap during the day on a day off/weekend etc.-- Endocrinologist had him reduce his Lantus(Basal)--That shouldn't make for steady uniform coverage--not spikes, but maybe he needs to reduce it more and rely on Humalog for meals and covering highs--Yes- I'm going to call tomorrow and see if there are any recommendations so we can log before we go in for the appointment next week.

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1/9/13 7:15 P

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my drops are like that when i hit 85 it drops and in less than 10 minutes is in the 30s and lower..sometimes it is an adjustment of diet..sometimes it is other things those are nasty ones for sure and generally for me require rest for almost 48 hours to recover..when i have them to back over several days it's really hard it's just hard are you seeing an endo...my range at this time is 150 to 200 that is organ damage range but as the doc says better than dead..each of us is different and each of us is special and it is up to us to find out where we stand and we do that be reading and being usually more knowledgeable than our own docs..and alas it usually rarely works except for us
the lady mary

TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction -
off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

if i stitch fast enough do


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1/9/13 11:43 A

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That is so scary. I don't have fast drops like that so I have very little experience to draw upon.

If it happens again (tonight or tomorrow, whenever) please call the endo's office and explain that you need some guidance NOW and tell them what is happening..... They have training in these areas and may be able to offer coping or even avoidance mechinisims...

Good luck. I hope it levels off quickly......

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1/9/13 10:54 A

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Well--things didn't got according to plan---Even with no bedtime bolus insulin since dinner time and a pre bed snack he had a plummet in the night time blood sugar. Was 194 at bedtime--Checked him around 11:30 pm he was 146--Thought... OK--still good..
Next thing I know I fell asleep downstairs for a bit --(didn't hear his monitor alarm, nor did he)- so when I went up and checked him less than 2 hours later he was only30!!! WTH? Juice, pretzels, had him back on the climb but by 3:45 am when he gets up he was at 82--Know he had gone higher and must have been trending back low. Appointment with the endocrinologist next week--Hopefully some suggestions.

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1/8/13 10:53 P

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So far things are better tonight- Blood sugar was a little on the high side at his bedtime- Had a snack with carbs and protein that will hopefully hold him through the night. :-)...Wanting to log all my food/activity from today, but my eyes are heavy and I feel if I stay up any longer I'll get that second wind--Promise I will get back on track tomorrow if all goes well tonight!

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1/8/13 6:02 P

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What he was just set up with is a continual blood sugar monitoring system by Dexcom--It does not replace doing finger sticks and is not as accurate but it can alert you to highs and lows with different alarm settings and let you see your trends on a graph--They can later be downloaded which we haven't gotten into yet. This is a device you implant yourself at the abdomen and it has a an adhesive pad with the senor (which is a very small, fine filament needle like probe on the skin side) and then a sensor about the size of a hearing aid that snaps into the outside---Then a transmitter/receiver ,smaller than a cell phone with a screen is worn on the belt or kept within a specific range etc...

You do have to calibrate it with your finger sticks and should always rely on them for accuracy. There is a 20% margin of error in that range so you could be higher or lower than what the monitor reads. It also has arrows that show how fast you may be rising or falling.

He doesn't spend any time on the computer and puts in a really long day at work and commuting-(over 15 hours at least 3 days of the week) So sitting typing and logging- doing a Spark Tracker wouldn't appeal to him--He doesn't even use e mail and we aren't into techno things like smart phones etc...I WAS thinking of getting him one of those little pocket voice recorders, (like a Dr might use) to dictate notes etc and then I could transcribe the days events for him. Trying to be creative here and offer him solutions that will make is easier for him and easier to stick with.

And yes--I have read that one of the only ways to reverse the unawareness is to have a period of some weeks where you prevent them entirely and run high, so hopefully you begin to recognize lows once again.

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1/8/13 4:51 P

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First of all, Welcome to the team. Are you the only one Sparking, or does your husband have a Spark account? I ask this because maybe monitoring and tracking both his exercise and food, along with his readings, he might be able to see how important the ration of food to insulin affects his blood sugars....

I have never heard of that type of monitor. Is it a continuous monitoring system? How often does it take readings? Can you print them off of review them in the mornings????

If he is having lots of lows during the nights, that could be one reason why he is not able to tune into them, too many of them. I recently read an article which described how to "reset" the body's natural ability to recognize lows. (sorry, I can't remember now where I read it) I was getting like that. I still don't get the chills, etc, but I can tell when I start to feel nauseous that it is time to test. And I try to avoid the lows as much as possible.

Hope things go better over the next couple of days, but stay in touch, let us know how it is going and if there is anything else we can do to help.....
Hang in there....

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1/8/13 3:14 P

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No apology necessary- Think I was fishing for a little sympathy and support- so if I seemed defensive it's just because I love the big lug so much and don't want to lose him...I SO wish our dog could get in tune with his levels. She is the one I always turn to when I'm down...always by my side (or whomever is sleeping in the most comfortable spot)! Best of luck to you and hopefully in a few days we'll be back on track before something bad or involving another ambulance ride happens again-

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1/8/13 1:48 P

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sorry i sounded so terse and i didn't mean to and i aplogize for sure i congratulate you for being so patient for sure..i would love to have someone like that but the little dog is ok have a nice day for sure
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TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction -
off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

if i stitch fast enough do


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1/8/13 10:22 A

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Hypoglycemic unawareness is a very difficult thing when the person can not recognize the lows coming on, or accepting them even when they see the number on the meter and being able to realize they need to treat them. It has been very difficult with the reduced food capacity and increased activity since his weight loss surgery to regulate the insulin doses.

High Blood sugars make him feel absolutely horrible- while with the lows he still feels fine or unaware -until it's a problem and like anyone else- you'd better hope there is someone around who does recognize it and can help you out. I married for better or for worse, in sickness and in health--This just happens to be one of those not so good periods right now.

He knows what I am going through and what we've both been through and he feels bad--It's something we are working on together, even if it seems like I'm working harder at it, or for him. I think he thought this monitoring system would get him or both of us "off the hook" a bit...It's only been a few days since he's started using it, and so far he is not hearing the alerts at night. If I weren't here, even if he was being "grown up" about it and doing all the things he's supposed to do these incidents could still happen. There are no guarantees with Type 1 . I hate to think (or I know exactly) what the consequences would be,, seizure, possibly coma or even death. Yes it's a shame he could be doing more- but it's clearly NOT a situation I can just say 'no" to, or turn my back on.

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1/8/13 7:36 A

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it's a shame he refuses to take care of himself..he's a grown up and you need to tell him do it and no more all night caregiving..sound mean??? he's a grown up..so he had an accident did he take care of it before?? he's a grown up nno one caregives me..i'm a grown up and i have autonomic neuropathy on top of it now..me dog let's me know because i no longer have symptoms but i am still the grown up here
the lady mary emoticon

TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction -
off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

if i stitch fast enough do


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1/8/13 12:42 A

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Up monitoring my husband's night time blood sugars as usual- New Dexcom monitor in place but he doesn't seem to be waking to the low blood sugar alerts-Thought this was going to make my life easier! Just so frustrated with his lack of keeping his daily log....Not telling me how much insulin he's taking etc.,so I can know and be better prepared, or know how to best correct things. I know it's not easy- I know it's a chore- a drudge- He's had a major car accident and seizure's these past few months and this still isn't the wake up call it needs to be-Has been type 1 for over 20 years and recently underwent weight loss surgery which has been great for that (down over 100 lbs) but has created total havoc with the type 1. Need to go check him again-Looks like he still isn't on the upswing from last treat :-(--Too tired to thing about my food tracker today- Hopefully can get enough rest to get back on track and treadmill tomorrow.

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