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Scared to sleep tonight... doors33 1 child; Tonawanda, New York 478 posts
22nd Feb '13

My blood sugar has been all over the damn place today... My doctor just changed my insulin dose and told me it was alright if I bounced a little bit... but not this much. Never this much, especially being pregnant.



I woke up at 3am this morning at 33, treated, and then at breakfast was 67... then later... I don't even know how the hell this happened... I hit almost 400. I got it back down within two hours but I almost went to the hospital...



And now I'm scared to sleep. I'm so tired... but I'm literally scared to death that I'll drop again, only I wont be able to wake myself up and out of it. :( If I can't get this under control by tomorrow... I think I'm going to head to the hospital... I can't put my baby through this for another day. He's been going crazy and I'm just really worried... God damn diabetes... :(

user banned 3 kids; Texas 26201 posts
23rd Feb '13
Quoting doors33:" My blood sugar has been all over the damn place today... My doctor just changed my insulin dose and told ... [snip!] ... I can't put my baby through this for another day. He's been going crazy and I'm just really worried... God damn diabetes... :("


What insulin are you on and how much are you taking? What did you eat before and after those sugars?




Im a type 1 diabetic.. been doing this for 15 years.

doors33 1 child; Tonawanda, New York 478 posts
23rd Feb '13
Quoting Hoot.:" What insulin are you on and how much are you taking? What did you eat before and after those sugars? Im a type 1 diabetic.. been doing this for 15 years."


I'm on Levemir (22 in the morning and 18 and night) and Humalog (6, 6, and 8 for breakfast, lunch and dinner, not including blood sugar correction which is 1 unit for every ten over 90)



I treated in the morning (3am) with apple juice and went back to bed, then at breakfast (when I was 67) I just had my normal bowl of cereal. I tested again in between for a snack and it was in the 120s, so I gave myself 4 units and had a soft pretzel. Then I started feeling really crappy, so I laid down for a nap.. when i got up I was shaking, so I thought I was low again, and that's when it was 375.




I'm type 1 as well... have been for about 10 years now, which is why I'm so mad at myself... :(

LayLu (girl); 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
23rd Feb '13

Are you doing corrections before bed? I've been type one diabetic for almost 18 years now and at the beginning of my pregnancy my blood sugars would drop so low in the middle of the night I'd wake up delusional or I wouldn't wake up at all (my fiance' was having to force feed me tubes of icing and once had to call an ambulance because he couldn't get me up), and that's the first time it's ever happened to me. I stopped doing corrections before I went to bed unless my blood sugar was crazy high, but even then I wouldn't give myself as much as I normally would. I've been fine since..

user banned 3 kids; Texas 26201 posts
23rd Feb '13
Quoting doors33:" I'm on Levemir (22 in the morning and 18 and night) and Humalog (6, 6, and 8 for breakfast, lunch and ... [snip!] ... and that's when it was 375. I'm type 1 as well... have been for about 10 years now, which is why I'm so mad at myself... :("


I would take the levemir down a unit or two at night.. maybe 17 or 16? I think that might be causing it to go low. You might just need a protein rich snack at night too. I had my a1c go from 10.2 to 6.8 by the time I had my baby girl :) (She was born early, too.)



I know pregnancy plays hell on your hormones. Its harder to fine tune your sugars in the end for sure. Have you ever used or thought about an insulin pump before?

user banned 3 kids; Texas 26201 posts
23rd Feb '13
Double possst!
doors33 1 child; Tonawanda, New York 478 posts
23rd Feb '13
Quoting LayLu:" Are you doing corrections before bed? I've been type one diabetic for almost 18 years now and at the ... [snip!] ... unless my blood sugar was crazy high, but even then I wouldn't give myself as much as I normally would. I've been fine since.."


Not anymore actually. My doctor said not to because I was "stacking" insulin, as she called it. I was ok with it for a little while, but then she raised my long lasting for the night and morning both by 2 and everything went NUTS.



I'm surprised I actually woke up with the 33. Any lower than that, I think my SO would have been trying to cram icing down my throat. :/ That's a really scary thought... part of the reason I don't think I can sleep...

LayLu (girl); 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
23rd Feb '13
Quoting Hoot.:" I would take the morning levemir down a unit or two at night.. maybe 17 or 16? I think that might be ... [snip!] ... hormones. Its harder to fine tune your sugars in the end for sure. Have you ever used or thought about an insulin pump before?"


I know you weren't asking me about the pump, but I just wanted to share.. I was in the process of getting an insulin pump and the way my doctor described it to me was that my insurance would cover it and they'd pretty much just give it to me because I'm pregnant. Well I get a call today talking about how my insurance covers 80% which leaves me with a balance of just under $1000 to pay off, which means I'd have to pay $80 a month for it. I was like, "Um.. what..? I can barely afford the bills I have now. No one told me I'd be paying anything.." I was pissed.

LayLu (girl); 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
23rd Feb '13
Quoting doors33:" Not anymore actually. My doctor said not to because I was "stacking" insulin, as she called it. I was ... [snip!] ... been trying to cram icing down my throat. :/ That's a really scary thought... part of the reason I don't think I can sleep..."


Well try lowering it back down to what you were doing before.. maybe raising the long acting insulin and not doing corrections before bed anymore was too much at once. It's your body, do what feels right for you. I've had to adjust my insulin intake a bunch of times because I felt like the doctor had no idea what they were talking about. And what the poster before me said.. protein snack before bed! My doctor can't stress that enough, she always asks if I'm eating my bedtime snack. I usually eat a greek yogurt or some cheese crackers.

doors33 1 child; Tonawanda, New York 478 posts
23rd Feb '13
Quoting Hoot.:" I would take the levemir down a unit or two at night.. maybe 17 or 16? I think that might be causing ... [snip!] ... hormones. Its harder to fine tune your sugars in the end for sure. Have you ever used or thought about an insulin pump before?"


I took it down one tonight, but I'm still nervous. And a few years ago I though the pump would have been a good idea and I did half the training for it before I found out my insurance wouldn't be covering it. Now I'm just so comfortable with the injections I don't think I'm even interested in it anymore.

doors33 1 child; Tonawanda, New York 478 posts
23rd Feb '13
Quoting LayLu:" Well try lowering it back down to what you were doing before.. maybe raising the long acting insulin ... [snip!] ... can't stress that enough, she always asks if I'm eating my bedtime snack. I usually eat a greek yogurt or some cheese crackers."


Greek yogurt makes me throw up. I don't know why...



But I've been eating a lot of cheese crackers before bed! :D

LayLu (girl); 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
23rd Feb '13
Quoting doors33:" I took it down one tonight, but I'm still nervous. And a few years ago I though the pump would have ... [snip!] ... wouldn't be covering it. Now I'm just so comfortable with the injections I don't think I'm even interested in it anymore."


Yeah, after doing the shots every day for the past 18 years, a pump doesn't even interest me. My doctor won't shut the hell up about it though, she makes me feel irresponsible for not getting one. I wasn't really interested in one until they told me they were coming out with one that could track your blood sugars, so I thought I'd give it a try (also to just shut my doctor up), but now after hearing I'd still have to pay $1000 for it, screw that. They're telling me it'll be cheaper in the long run.. I'm telling them I can't afford that shit.

LayLu (girl); 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
23rd Feb '13
Quoting doors33:" Greek yogurt makes me throw up. I don't know why... But I've been eating a lot of cheese crackers before bed! :D"


It took me a while to get used to greek yogurt, I only eat it because it has so much protein in it but I can only eat the kind with the fruit on the bottom. I'd much rather eat regular yogurt any day! But yeah, cheese crackers or peanut butter crackers are my go-to snack most of the time. I just buy the Lance crackers and I'm good to go.

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6802 posts
23rd Feb '13
Quoting doors33:" I'm on Levemir (22 in the morning and 18 and night) and Humalog (6, 6, and 8 for breakfast, lunch and ... [snip!] ... and that's when it was 375. I'm type 1 as well... have been for about 10 years now, which is why I'm so mad at myself... :("


I'm about to pick apart what you ate even though I think you know all of this.



When you go low at night, it's a bad idea to just drink a fruity drink and then not eat for hours. Just like drinking juice during the day, it will drop you quick at night too. I normally have to eat some sort of fiber or protein with the juice. I normally do a granola bar or one of those quaker oat cookies with a cup of milk or something like that. Something sugary to bump things up quickly and something to make sure it doesn't drop again before i wake up. I hate eating in the middle of the night when i'm only fake low blood sugar hungry.



Milk takes longer for me personally to process. I'll be ok for a while and then it will jump up an hour or 2 after i've eaten, especially if it's whole milk.
Cereal is a killer for me. It's almost a guaranteed high and then crash. I have to go by exactly what the box says is a serving and then check my blood sugar more often than I would normally. It almost never works out for me. I *always* go low. I really miss Reese's peanut butter puffs. :(



If i don't feel like eating in the morning, I normally throw some of that no sugar added carnation chocolate powdered stuff in my coffee. That way i get some fiber and protein. Plus it has vitamins too.



I'm on lantus at night. It's 24 hour insulin that my high risk dr recommended during my first pregnancy. Then novalog throughout the day as needed.



I know how stressful all of this can be and how scary, but babies are tough. Your LO is most likely fine. Hormones can make blood sugar go crazy. I'm sure once you iron out the kinks, things will get better. The first couple of nights on a new routine is always tricky.



For now maybe just strip eating down to the basic stuff you know won't do anything weird for a couple of days and then go back to adding the other stuff one at a time?



I hope you get some sleep tonight and things go better in the morning.

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6802 posts
23rd Feb '13
Quoting LayLu:" It took me a while to get used to greek yogurt, I only eat it because it has so much protein in it but ... [snip!] ... crackers or peanut butter crackers are my go-to snack most of the time. I just buy the Lance crackers and I'm good to go."


You guys should try the chobani one with pineapple in the bottom. That one is my favorite. :D