We are BACK in RANGE... finally!!
What a slow and frustrating process that is.
When blood sugar numbers go crazy out of the blue T1D mom and dads do too.
Every time that damn meter came back with the wrong answer I wanted to throw the damn thing out the window. At one point I looked at my husband and asked him "do you think her meter is broken, this is ridiculous"
It wasn't the meter!
Trying to decided what needs to be tweaked and just how much, it is all such a guessing game. When I was little one of my aspiration when I grew up WAN NOT to be a doctor or a nurse...I hate this stuff!!
With Cara this time it was not just one thing that needed to be changed just once. It was EVERYTHING over and over and over again. Each change getting us closer little by little to where we needed to go, but UGH so frustrating.
First, of course we went after the site. When numbers go nuts this is the first thing we blame. After we changed what we were hoping was just a faulty site we saw no change in HIGH numbers so next in line on our list of conspirators was the vial of insulin. This insulin was near it's end (a vial of insulin last about 25-27 days out of the fridge once opened) so we gave a new vial a try. Fingers crossed it would be that simple. Unfortunately the insulin was not causing the HIGHS.
And that is when the "FUN" began, the game of tweaking ratios, recording numbers, following activity, just watching and waiting to see what would happen was on.
A major change in Cara's bolus and basal rates were needed, with breakfast and lunch seeing the most changes. Breakfast and lunch increases are always the scariest for me because I was sending Cara to school after make adjustments (increasing insulin) and that is NEVER a comforting feeling. The phone was glued to my hip, the funny thing is when the nurse did call she was call because Cara was HIGH and by the end of the 2 weeks I was almost hoping for her to call because of a low...almost.
But this weekend I'm so excited to say that FINALLY WE ARE SEEING MUCH BETTER NUMBERS, not perfect but I will take it. Some changes still need a little perfecting but it is a great feeling know we are almost there.
A very important thing that I learned early on in this roller coaster with diabetes is to hold on tight to successes, no matter how small, a win for you is a win. Enjoy them, Note them, Celebrate them.
Today I feel good, today I win!!
Until next time...