Craig and Madi are siblings who both have Type 1 diabetes. They were both diagnosed in 2012 and with in 4 months of each other. Craig (16) and Madi (7) are awesome kids and here you will see the everyday things that come with Type 1. There is no cure for type 1 diabetes. Thank you so much for reading!!
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Day 70

Madi has been very high lately..We thought it was because of her cold she had, but we still decided to keep a log...Whenever numbers change or look weird, we log them for a few days..

Well today I called the doctor with her numbers over the past 5 days..

They said that a sickness (like a cold) can really change the honeymoon period ..

Ok, so whats a honeymoon period..

Well, when a child is diagnosed with type 1, their pancreas is being attacked by their cells.. They are not producing the insulin they should be..SO their bodies have been in stress..And their pancreas is working SO hard to produce insulin as its being attacked...Its working really hard...

Well, they start to get insulin by injection, their pancreas gets a little break..It will start to produce a little more insulin and that time period is called the honeymoon phase..

During this phase, the child will not need very much insulin..

But as time goes by and they cells fight the pancreas, and eventually kill it off completely, the child will then only be getting insulin from injections..

SO... (I know its a little confusing..) The honeymoon phase is the time where the pancreas gets a little break before it gets killed off:) ha..

So anyway, now you know what that term diabetes terms..

So today Madi had to change her calculations..meaning her honeymoon phase may be slowly ending.. meaning she needs more insulin..

Her carb ratio stayed the same, but she will be getting more Lantus..The long acting insulin.. 1 unit a day..She was only getting half a unit...

We caught her symptoms so early..Craig was getting 13 units of lantus in the hospital and then went down to 7 in his honeymoon phase (still on going)...
But he hid his symptoms from us because he was embarrassed.. Madi was too little to hide anything...And we caught on to something being wrong faster.

They changed another calculation as well which is her blood sugar correction calculation..

Our kids have 2 calculations they do every time they eat..

One is they add up all of the carbs they want to eat and divide that by a number..Craigs is 20 and Madis is 50.. That gives you a decimal number A

Then they check their blood, and  do another calculation..They take their blood sugar and subtract 150(their goal blood sugar), then divide it by a number...and that gives you another decimal number B
Add A and B together and that tells you how much insulin they need....

So if Madi wants 43 carbs, we take 42 and divide by 50 to get .84,

 then we checked her blood and it was 235, so we do 235-150/250 and get .34

Add those together...and you get 1.18. That means she will get 1 unit of insulin before she eats.

Yes, they do this every time they eat!

Sound crazy? ya, try doing it when 4 kids are waiting to eat!! The first few nights Craig was home was insane!! Loud..and very hectic!! But now we have it down pretty much:)

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