Disclaimer alert… this is a confession and I’m not proud of it. But feel like I need to get it off my chest to people who will understand so here goes.
So our family went to our family cottage this weekend and my daughter who is 14 packed her own diabetes supplies. She was diagnosed when she was 5, so we aren’t newbies, and we have a kit that contains everything she needs - or should contain everything she needs.
However the next day she told me that she forgot to bring her glucometer! That’s crazy, and I was kicking myself that I hadn’t reminded her or at least double checked her kit. But she wears a Dexcom G6 and so we just don’t use the glucomater anymore, or at least very rarely. And she had brought another G6 sensor, so I wasn’t worried, I thought we’d be fine for another night without it.
But later that evening as she was taking off her sweatshirt, her Dexcom came off with it, but still, no big deal, she had brought another sensor.
So we install the new sensor and it started up fine, but then as we were all going to bed I realized that I wasn’t getting readings on my phone. I went in to ask her and she said that the sensor had failed and she had restarted it. So now I’m getting a horrible sinking feeling, because I know you can’t restart the sensors with the code like she had tried, and without a code you need to do two calibrations with a glucometer!!!
So yes, you can see where this is going. Here we are at 11:00 at night in a rural area with NO 24/7 pharmacies. It was a surreal feeling knowing that I had no way of checking her blood. And this is a girl who tends to go low at night.
Thankfully just before it died, the Dexcom showed her blood glucose levels were steady and a bit higher than she should be, and she had zero insulin on board. So in faith, I went to bed and prayed that God would take of her. I set my alarm and checked on her twice through the night, and praise God, we made it though, but I did not sleep well! She felt good in the morning and since she can feel both lows and highs and we headed home.
And as soon as she walked in the door we checked her blood and it was great… phew. So this whole little episode ended Ok, but it was a wake-up call for me that I can’t be so reliant on technology that I forget to bring the basics along. It was also a scary feeling to know that I had no way of knowing her blood sugar short of bringing her to the local ER and I don’t ever want to be in that position again.
So that’s my confession. Please tell me I’m not to the only to ever have been in this predicament!