In Night Kitchen

Say, these look like sanitary conditions for high-end mini bagel baking

5PM: 121 (early dinner out w/friends + no food later.)

9PM: 111 (obligatory baby fist pump)

12AM: 357/correction bolus a la Bigfoot Spouse

3AM: 347/WTF? Correction bolus redux <—how come 12AM correction no effect? Pump site change before dinner, work OK then. Or if no 12AM correction, would be 450+? Bubs wake Mama, can I please have a drink? (Love when wake up middle of night not furious!) Bigfoot sure honey, I’ll bring you a glass of water. Bubs since you have that headlamp, can you just walk me to the bathroom? I want to drink kind of a lot. (This so bad high blood sugar, willing leave cozy bed for water access?) Delicately navigate Lego-encrusted floor. In bathroom Bubs let’s just turn the light on. When I drink this much water then I like to pee. Bubs flick on light, light in Bigfoot brain turn on too: need check ketones.

The high tone ingredients.

Bigfoot hate check ketones: it the splashy pee. But not afraid. Check ketones pro forma. Bubs never-never-never have ketones. Not know protocol ketones. Would need look up in book (cue Pink Panther theme)/call Coro Center. But notice blood sugar segment of strip not change color like wildfire. Change lazily, grow wee bit darker, then darker. Usually if high BS, color change same speed paper towel absorb big spill or same speed blood drain from face before pass out. Maybe meter wrong. Maybe One Touch strips go bad. Maybe error at ketone strips factory.

No ketones.

Since need stay awake, make Isa Chandra Moskowitz bagels. (This link say 3T sugar, but Vegan Brunch/Bigfoot memory 2T. Think 3T typo.) Bigfoot make mini-size, 20g carbs. Meant do this all weekend. Baking perfect hobby for night time diabetes parent, except for resulting abundant baked goods. If Bigfoot house North Korea + diabetes Kim Jong Un or Il, could say glorious leader provide miracle opportunity make 18 36 (double recipe) mini bagel.

4:30AM: 247


23 responses to “In Night Kitchen

  1. Well, I must say baking is an excellent use of random energy and angst. Bubs sugar at night always seems so off. Why? And mostly, he sleeps through it. I hope you get some naps today.


  2. Kay

    There are too many variables of what could be off – meter, pump, strips. Kudos for staying sane. I’m not sure how you are able to blog being sleep deprived. Here’s my stupid question of the day – doesn’t the smells from baking wake everyone in the house up?


    • He woke up at 202! What the hell? Actually, that number looked pretty friendly compared to the prickly 347. No one wakes up from the lovely smells. THAT would be a DISASTER. Three point five hours alone was barely enough time to enjoy my company.


  3. Eileen

    Just wanted to tell you I love your blog and look forward to every new post. I have 2 boys, ages 8 and 7 and my 8 yr old was diagnosed with T1 on feb 20th. we are doing ok, adjusting to this “new normal” but I completely relate to your posts about the challenges of dining out, traveling, and just letting him hang out with friends. Right now I am tagging along to every bday party to dose him for the craptastic food that is served. I try to hide until the food comes out. He is, of course, horrified by my presence. We start the animas pump in a few weeks. I appreciate your posts and links to recipes, too. Going to try that almond crust. And love pic of your dog. Looks just like ours.


    • Hi Eileen! Thank you for the kind attention. When I read the date of your diagnosis, I got a lump in my heart. I think the early days are so much harder and sadder. I hope you + your fella like the pump! Controlling the insulin via remote control (especially in public) and with such micro-precision really has been a huge improvement for us, even if our #s suck.


  4. Linda

    Is that a labradoodle guarding your stove? Maybe a sheepdog? Doesn’t the beard drive you nuts? Our doodle’s does, always gets so slimy and wet. Really cute when clean though! Hope you can figure out the night problem. If the numbers were true then maybe some way he was sleeping kinked the cannula? He’d still be getting insulin, but just not quite enough. Or maybe just diabetes goblins.


  5. Emotionally disturbed wheaten terrier–his beard is so nice and crusty! His kisses smell just like used underpants.

    I guess blame those goblins you mentioned. I thought the tubing—this is dumb, but—I thought it was unkinkable? Kinks would explain a lot. It was all tangled.


  6. hinventon

    Love love love your blog! My son is 9, diagnosed July of last year. My husband is also type 1. I can so relate to all you write about and really enjoy your humor.


    • Hi! We’re almost on the same schedule–my person is nine too, diagnosed August last year.


      • Whoa. I couldn’t see the whole comment before. We’re not on the same schedule AT ALL! You have a live-in expert. Where did your blog go? The link says doubledx is no longer available. Is there a new one? I’d love to read. I can’t get enough of this stuff.


      • hinventon

        I think my husband having Type 1 made the diagnosis of my son a little less shocking (at least we understood what was to come and we were more educated). We were always told that my kids weren’t at a much greater risk for diabetes than any other child (I don’t believe that anymore). But I still feel like a complete newbie, because my husband was so self-sufficient. It is a true change being 100% responsible for another person. My husband and I have both learned a lot about the latest diabetes care in the past 10 months and it wasn’t until after my son was diagnosed that my husband even considered getting on a pump, which has drastically improved his blood sugars. I’m with you, I cannot get enough of all of the blogs, particularly those written by parents. I do have a blog. I’m embarrassed that you can see the first name I chose (my husband said it sounded too much like an adult movie…haha!). I’m very new to blogging, so it is a little messy, but the site is I only have 3 posts so far, but aspire to your level of blogging for sure!! So nice talking with you…makes me all warm and fuzzy to connect with someone who actually gets what a day in the life is like.


      • I didn’t even think of the double D aspect of the name–I was so enchanted with myself for knowing what dx means!

        I read something that made me think you are in Colorado. You don’t know ZDub, do you?


      • hinventon

        We are a bit north of Denver. I do not know ZDub, but looks like a great blog…definitely checking it out.


    • She’s really funny and smart. If *I* were in Colorado, I would try to move in with her and create a diabetes-safe commune.


      • A diabetes safe commune with mini bagels. Recipe please, Zoe eats one every morning with almond butter and turkey bacon. Mini bagels are our breakfast safe place. Keeps her blood sugar stable even thru morning PE.


      • Thank you for asking, Zachary! You are the only reason I got interested in mini bagels. Unfortunately we’ve had no success with the bacon sandwiches, so for us they are merely another carb festival.
        Mini Bagels
        Approximately 20 grams of carbs per cutie-size bagel. Makes 18.

        1 ½ c water
        2 T sugar
        2 t salt
        4 c total of all purpose flour/white whole wheat flour
        2 T vital wheat gluten
        2 t yeast
        optional: poppy seeds, kosher salt, sesame seeds
        •After kneading it all together, let the dough rise for about one hour, or until nice and springy
        •Meanwhile, bring a wide pot of salty water to a boil
        •Preheat oven to 400 and line one baking sheet with parchment
        •Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut it in half, then cut each half into thirds, and each sixth into thirds again. Form each lumpling into a smooth-skinned ball and create a central hole. Cover these 18 darlings with a damp kitchen towel as you wait for the large pot of water to boil
        •Once it’s boiling, reduce to a simmer and add however many bagels can fit without crowding—usually five, but this number will vary according to the diameter of your pot—and allow to cook for 60 seconds. Flip with a slotted spoon. Cook 60 seconds more, then remove with the slotted spoon (pausing to drain) and place on the lined baking sheet. If you want sesame bagels, sprinkle sesame seeds on the damp bagels at this time. Ditto chia seeds or poppy seeds or kosher salt or flaky Maldon smoked salt
        •Continue in this fashion until all are boiled. Bake 15 minutes or until nicely golden
        •Allow to cool for 30 minutes before eating. Store extras in a freezer bag. In the freezer.


  7. I am just commenting to see my monster.


    • You have a photo! I don’t know why I thought you had one of the monsters. You’ve always had this photo in wordpress. But I swear for a moment there, you had a curly-headed monster.


  8. HI PUPPY HI! (i call all dogs puppies, regardless of their age) WHAT’S YOUR NAME PUPPY??

    such a constructive use of your nighttime awakenecessity (just made that up!). i’m not productive at ALL in those wee hours.

    i think when the other commenter mentioned a kink in the cannula, she meant the one actually on the infusion site, not in the tubing. that happens to us sometimes when we pull a site and we see the cannula is slightly bent, we usually blame it on that.

    otherwise, it’s a frickin crapshoot, like so much else with this thing.

    ps, srsly blood ketone meters are the business!


    • I just found out about blood ketone meters this week. Where do I find such a thing? Do we need a script?


      • iirc, we bought ours from some online joint (amazon?), just out of pocket (as with BG meters, the meters themselves are cheap, it’s the strips that cost an arm and a leg). then we asked our endo for a prescription for the strips, which i believe are covered by our insurance. here’s another blogger’s post about it, with a link to a free meter (don’t know if the free offer is still valid):

        ask your doc if they can write you a prescription and maybe your insurance will cover it? doesn’t hurt to ask (except for the soul-sucking aspect of every interaction with insurance companies, but that’s implied).


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