1. I fell asleep during this phase, 110 on the Verio and 100-something with a straight arrow on the Dex. 2. Dexcom buzz for a low. 119 on the Verio. 3. Mystery. 4. Buzz for high. 245 on Dexcom, 346 on Verio.

1. I fell asleep during this lovely thing, 110 on the Verio and 100-something with a straight arrow on the Dex; 2. Joe caught low’s buzz & Verio said 97. 3. Mystery phase—no dots from about 10:30pm-1:30am; 4. Buzz for high. (The part before #1 was a Dexcom-fabricated low/unconfirmed by Verio who said something like 90.)

Brain-twister. Difficult puzzle out because Bigfoot so tired or because the science is complex or because diabetes is very bad.

Lucky part: Season Six Mad Men on Netflix.

10PM  fell asleep. 110-ish w. straight arrow.

1:30AM Zzzt Zzzt HIGH. Dexcom 245. Stumble into dark room. Step barefoot on Lego. Test result: 346. Check again, make sure. 337. Turn on light. Step on well-lit Lego. Giant correction with syringe. Kachunk on new site. Fill cannula.

Examine old site for clue. Not inflamed. Try peel off old site to avoid situation of child wakes up when sleep-hand sleep-feels site sans pump & sleep-panics. My pump! Can’t grip site tape. Pinch skin/wake child.

Hrrrrhn. Can I please go back to sleep? You broke my Lego catapult. It took me three hours to build. Can you please leave me alone now and turn off the light?

Allot syringed correction two Mad Mens to work (1.5 hours). 3:30AM-ish Retest. Down to 212. Graciously give syringed correction one additional Mad Men, please finish your spectacular work. 4:15AM-ish 243. WHAT.

New site bad too? New site just acclimating? Bubbles in tubing maybe? Insulin bad, but not all bad, only bad splotches? Bigfoot too zonked make whole new cartridge so decide: additional unit via syringe + one more Mad Men + hope Dexcom synch up w. itself so no need exit cozy bed cocoon again. Every five minutes pick up Dex and see ??? or hourglass, Sigh. Hourglass seems more dire/hopeless than crossed-off martini glass.

5AM Dex not back. Bigfoot alert enough notice hourglass and feel sad, but not alert enough to remember very specific reason for stay awake, i.e.  determine YES NO is child’s blood sugar going down. Fell asleep as Mad Men credits roll. Approx. 6AM.

Dreamed-looked at Dexcom. Symbol not hourglass, martini, or ???, instead yellow bulldozer icon, pixelly as Pacman, and then dream-committed look up meaning of bulldozer in official Dexcom user guide. And then spouse alarm clock begin family’s day.

Breakfast, school drop off, walk dog, work until 11AM, and then, as if sent by an angel, work site broke, requires tech guru and tech guru @meeting until late afternoon. Obvious next step: grab nap. Wrap up in delicious wool blanket, and close eyes, and then phone vibrate. School nurse.

10am Bubs felt low. 63. Had glucose tabs. Retested 64, with a 57 & arrow down on Dexcom. Juice. Retested. 119. Went to recess. Left recess feeling low. 64 again. Juice…etc.

Having said all that, I shall now resume that nap. But look at the clock. It's time to go to Boston for TrialNet!

Having said all that, I shall now resume that nap. But look at the clock. It’s time to go to Boston for TrialNet!

Remember Starch Madness? W. haunting phrase “unsolicited glucose dump from your liver”? Think maybe liver glucose storage closet dump out all night, now same stupid liver hog up all available glucose, none left in blood? Liver miser—save, save, save never use, then manic bender @worst possible time.






  1. type1dmom · April 8, 2014

    We have had a few nights like this. I blame puberty hormones. Very common to spike up in middle of the night then plummet down the next day from all.the.correction given overnight to fix it. Current solution: Do one correction at night, appropriate amount. Not do correction again until sure not going to battle late arrival insulin response 6 hours later.


    • type1dmom · April 8, 2014

      I should add that I also have no proven scientific explanation for this phenomenon, I just know that it happens to us sometimes and my previous comment is what I have taken up doing. As long as there is SOME response to the overnight correction (maybe just not as much as hoped) I almost always assume that it is insulin resistance at that time and give it time to a.) correct itself a few hours later (which is what usually happens) or b.) stay up all night pushing insulin every 2 hours and deal with stubborn, stubborn lows late the next morning.


  2. Robin Jingjit · April 8, 2014

    Torture! And how awful that things were so screwed up for bubs the next day so you can’t even fully soak up the noble sacrifice feeling!!


    • Katy · April 10, 2014

      Thank you very much!


  3. Amireally · April 15, 2014

    Unfortunately highs take a while to come down. It’s frustrating but that’s what I’ve finally learned/realized. I’ve come to not expecting *any* change at all in the 1st hour after a correction, and very little within 1.5 hours if I’m 300ish. I don’t really expect to start coming down significantly til the 2 hour mark, and not fully til 4 or 5 hours. It’s totally frustrating but I’d give the corrections much longer to work. And as long as no nausea or ketones, do the 1 correction &, go back to sleep!! Sleep is super important for health too, you & Bubs. Highs happen. You don’t deserve to lose a night of sleep over it!

    And yeah, puberty hormones (growth spurt?) would be my best SWAG at the culprit.

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