Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thunder and Lightning

I think it was around 1am when I woke up to hear the heavy rain against the window, and the flashes of lightning and rumbles of thunder. Amidst this sleepy confusion I also heard the CGM alarm in the background.

Leah's Low Predicted alarm was sounding, and a finger test showed a BG of 50. Of course, this was after fighting highs all day. Apparently the site change had worked. So after she downed a juice box I tried to get back to asleep, only to hear her in our room about 20 minutes later... "I really don't feel good." She was still only in the 70's, so after a granola bar and temp basal set she settled back in, with the storm still howling in the background.

The weather in Illinois has been crazy this winter. After weeks of 40-50 degree temps, we finally had our first "snowstorm" last week. However, the temperature crept back up yesterday and resulted in the spring-like storm last night. So between thunder, lightning, and blood sugars, it was a pretty restless night in our house.

Needless to say, when my alarm went off at 4am the last thing I wanted to do was get up and go for a run. But I made my coffee, got ready to go, and stepped outside. It was not even 5am, and the temp was over 50 degrees, a nice breeze was blowing, and it even smelled like Spring! I made myself start running and had one of the best runs I've had in quite awhile.

Training for my second marathon has been a little daunting lately. Mentally, it can be hard to stay motivated, especially with sleep being so hard to come by in our house. And physically I've had some aches and pains that keep nagging and make me wonder if I should ease off the running a little.

Mornings like this are a great reminder of exactly why I get up so early, why I set goals and sign up for these silly races....because I enjoy it. To be outside and have the time to myself, to feel the stress of the previous night lift off my shoulders, to look up and realize you've made it halfway across town without even noticing it. It's a great feeling.

Today's a new day in diabetes-land and hopefully will be better than the last.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

mySentry...what I've been waiting for!!

When Leah was diagnosed, we were told about this cool new technology that pretty soon "everyone would be offering"....a way to monitor your child's blood sugar remotely in your house through a system of screens or plug-ins that communicate wirelessly. When we started using the Minimed Revel CGM system, we were once again assured this technology was available and just awaiting FDA approval.

So imagine my excitement this morning when I saw a link to THIS....

That's right! Finally, a way to view Leah's blood sugar at night right by my bedside. It will alert us, tell us what attention her pump needs, and give us a little more peace of mind. After too many nights of scary lows, or highs that need immediate attention and not being able to hear her alarm in time, I'm so happy I could cry!

And of course this means we'd be able to take the silly sound system/microphone setup out of her room and let her be a normal kid. That might be the most important part. Not to mention if this truly is as easy to use as the video makes it seem, we could even take it other places and she can sleep in a different room without us waking up to check during the night or worrying that we're not hearing an alarm.

I've already called Medtronic, and let's just say we can add this to the list of pricey medical equipment that we'd own (and this one may or may not be covered by insurance). But considering the quality of life improvement this could mean, it should be well worth it.