Monday, October 10, 2011

The highs and lows of Swimming, and Sick ,Sick Sick.

The weather is warming up here and DH took all the girls swimming yesterday. When I tested Miss F for dinner just an hour after they got back from the pool she was 3.2 (57.6). (Anything under 4 is a hypo or low.) She seemed fine but I gave her extra carbs with her dinner and her normal dose of medication. When I checked her before I went to bed her BGL was 5.2 (93.6). She had eaten afternoon tea before going to the pool. I know that many T1s have problems with swimming and lows. Has anybody had any experience with this and Neonatal Diabetes? Thankfully everyone had a great time swimming, so we will just have to learn how to manage swimming, medication, food and BGLs. Always learning.

Miss F is now 26mo and has been on Glibenclamide (Glyburide) for just over 10 months. Things have been going well for the most part. She has had some non-symptomatic lows when sick earlier this year but we have gave her some apple puree and her BGL has come up. When she was sick again recently I reduced her dose to half normal dose and didn’t have the same problem. I then gradually increased the dose as her BGL numbers increased. It was a vomiting bug duing the school holiday break and it is quite funny to watch a 2yo vomit, take 2 steps and vomit some more. But then I had to clean it all up. Not so funny.

The rest of the house also were to varying degrees and varying symptoms. We had to cancel three playdates and the children that were well at the time went a bit stir crazy being quarantined with the sick people.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Missing in action.

I have even more busy than usual for the past month or two. We have had two birthday's and have organised a kitchen reno on top of the normal things to keep a family of six running.

We have taken some progress photos of the kitchen, so I will share those soon. I need to get them on the computer first. Actually getting the kitchen put in seems to be easier than picking all the appliances and features. There are endless choices (some are out of the reach of our budget) for cupboards, colours, benchtops, drawers, taps, sinks. You get the idea.

One of the things that has happened in the last month is on the diabetes front. Something that added just a bit extra stress each week was heading to the hospital to get DD#4 F's oral medication. We get a suspension for the ease of given an accurate dose and being able to change the dose easily as she grows. The hospital will only give the suspension a shelf life of 1 week as they don't have test data for for any longer. My local pharmacy starting compounding a month or two ago so I thought I would see if they could make it for us. Long story short. They can and have. We are on to week 4 of our first bottle and all seems to be going fine with her BGLs. They only problem is the cost. I put in claim to our private health insurance this week but I don't know if it will be covered. It costs more than 10 times the hospital phamacy price to get it from the local phamacy BUT it very convenient. The jury is still out if we will be able to continue to get it locally long term.

DH has just gotten back from his bible study and he wants me to tell you all how special he is. DH is special.