Phone rings, I pause and take a peek at the clock...11:39am
In the back of my mind I think "not lunch time yet, not the nurse calling"
As the phone lights up I wait for the ring again to finally see the ID of the caller, St G_____ School.
As I hold the phone up to my ear my mind starts listing off possible reasons for this call:
Possibility #1. Cara is sick at school and they want me to pick her up...I sent her to school with a little bit of a cough because she did not want to miss the Terry Fox walk.
Possibility #2. One of the other kids are sick or in trouble...Cody has a really yucky cough and it is only a matter of time until it runs through the entire house (hence why Cara has a cough). Although I have not yet received a phone call from the school because the kids have been in trouble you just never know!!
Possibility #3. There is something up with Cara's blood sugar...
I answered the phone HELLO, with my figures crossed not to be possibility #3!! AND since I'm typing this on the blog you all know that it was...
Hello Cara's mom, I'm calling because Cara's blood level is at 2.8mmols (I hate when people use the wrong terminology...ya I know BITCH. It's just a pet peeve of mine) . She is having a juice now (15 grams).
SHIT (did not say that out loud) OK thanks, can you have someone re-check her bg in 15minutes to make sure it is on the way up?
Sure! the secretary answered, her nurse just walked in...
15minutes later....Phone rings and I know it is Cara's nurse I don't even have to look at the phone.
Cara is 2.6mmols now...HOLY CRAP...wrong way kid!! OK another juice (15grams) let her eat her lunch then call me back please and we will figure out how much insulin I want to give her for lunch.
First thought when I got off the phone...why in the hell does everyone sound so calm?? Do they understand what is going on? Are they trying to "save face" because they are talking to me? What is going through their heads when dealing with these lows? UGH the uncertainty!!
NOW this is where I have a question for all you wonderful people
The nurse called backed after she ate and Cara was 9.2mmols, she had 30 carbs from juice to correct her lows and has now has eaten her lunch, a sandwich (32 carbs) and chips (22 carbs).
I told the nurse to put in her low blood sugar of 2.6 in the pump and the amount of carbs only eaten for her lunch. I left the juices (30g), correction for the lows uncovered. The pump gave us 1.6 units and I shot it down to 1.4 units. I knew she was going to go outside for lunch recess and she is on her own until the nurses comes back to the school at pm snack.
What would you do?
How do you treat a low just before lunch or a meal?
I just hate giving insulin after a low...
I just hate Cara having a low at school without me there to watch her...
I just hate that her nurse is not there for the whole day...
I just hate that she has diabetes...
Update, after 1 hour Cara's blood sugar was 13 mmols. Not bad! 2 hours later (pm snack) she was 20.2mmols.
Oh and btw government of Ontario who believes that they are doing a fabulous job keeping our type 1's safe in school... that would make 7 phone calls in a span of 4 hours either from the school and/or the nurse all trying their best to keep Cara safe. I don't mind the phone calls, I like the phones calls knowing what is going on BUT that is more then a half of day at school when type 1 diabetes did not want to play by the "rules". And we are the "lucky ones" in Ontario that have nurses coming into the schools. Most schools and type 1's are on their own...You think something needs to change?? MAYBE!! YA, I think so!!
TRAINING, SUPPORT& POLICIES for all children with type 1 diabetes in Ontario school.
Here is a link to a wonderful page from the CDA on diabetes related question asked to 3 running parties in the up coming Ontario election. Have a look!