High blood sugar

Why is it that I make such a big deal about Type 1 Diabetes? I mean, ok, you have to deal with it, like so many others, but why writing about what you're going through?

The moment you begin to investigate what Diabetes does to the one you love, your world begins to change. It has to. You have to truly see what things like sugar, certain foods, and stress can do to slowly deteriorate the body. It's a big deal. To me. Maybe you're like me, a parent wanting answers, help, and guidance. But, oh, how little of that is really out there. It seems everyone that writes about T1D, writes the same thing over and over, like copying from one another, but no one is really saying anything you didn't already learn in the hospital or from your Diabetes Educator. Well, I'm still learning and you might really think I've gone crazy now, but I want to try something with my son. I keep seeing it and I've begun, but not daily. His high blood sugars are demanding I set higher goals.

Let me share some things I've learned, (yes at my age, still learning.) If I give my son a plain bagel, notice it's plain, I have to count 63 carbs. That would mean 10 units of Novolog. But, if I give him 2 slices of Wheat bread, I just have to give him 2 units of insulin because those two slices equal 24 carbs. A difference of 8 units of insulin. I do this with pasta, pizza, crackers, and rice. Same idea. The less carbs, the less sugar I'm giving him. Oh, yeah, I see carbs like sugar now.

High blood sugars hurt someone with T1D. They completely change in appearance, mood, energy and behavior. When my son's sugar levels are high before school, it is very hard for him to be on time to class. I have to work towards bringing the levels down with insulin and water. But, he will remain feeling very sick and out of it for a long time. Sometimes, I have to keep him home.

In my home, we're not big on soda or fruit drinks. I always have to keep juice or something sweet to drink in case Jacob's sugar gets very low. At that moment, I have to raise his sugar up and drinking something very sweet is one of the ways to help him, especially during an emergency when sugar drops. But, as a fun drink, no, absolutely should be. Look at the amount of sugar in these food items.

I've seen people sit down with a bottle of soda and gulp it down easily. The amount of sugar in these drinks is so great and so harmful. Parents just give it to their kids without imagining the risks to their health, to their body. My son didn't get T1D from obesity, eating sweets, or the regular thoughts on how it shows up. One day, the body just turns on itself and decides to self destruct. So, if your child is healthy, why would you not take care of your child?

Here are some things I've read and heard a lot about. Call me crazy, like I said, but I have to try and see what happens. I've read that Okra and Cinnamon may help lower blood sugar levels. I don't know how Jacob will react to trying these new additions, but it is my obligation to at least try. Supposedly it takes the Okra two weeks to do its magic. Don't you think? If it doesn't work, well at least I can say, "I tried." You never know, right?

I don't know what else to do and I sure can tell you I am not just sitting back to let things get worse. There has to be a way to get the levels down. This is my trial and error moment. The food changes are not making much of a difference. I mean, ok, I know, I've only been at it for about a week, but it seems those numbers keep climbing. Tomorrow I shall do my best to find Okra and Cinnamon to test and see if the blood levels decrease. It's by faith we believe we can move mountains, so why not move the sugar levels down?

We shall see what happens. Have to believe good things can happen even when it's all going not so great. Cheer me on and say a prayer. If it works for my, you'll be the first one to know about the success or the failure. Take care.

MOM's Diabetic JOURNAL http://diabeticdiarymom.blogspot.com/

dear mom of a winner
why don't you join our chat room
we can all try to help you
any questions you have we can answer & try to make you understand what you or jacob
should be doing differently
don't be shy
we're here to help

Ms Shoshana, I most definitely will join you in chat. I will finish up here and hopefully will have some time before bedtime. Thank you so much.

you are welcome
you can join us anytime

How old is your son?

We all have difficult times and you want the best for your son. Do you belong to the parents' group? We can't help you if we don't know more. Is your son on the pump? Have you worked with your doctor to find the basal rates and the I:C? Have you seen a dietician? Does your son follow his diet? Once he gets rather stabilized you can fine tune but from what I understand it can be difficult with a growing child. Please contact some other parents who know exactly what you are going through. Good luck. You need to take ONE STEP at a time and not be too impatient. Of course lower carb is better but MAYBE starting with a stricter diet to find some basic numbers would be good. I know your son must feel awful if he wakes up high and has to go to school. Have you looked at ARDEN'S DAY - a blog written by a stay at home Dad with his type 1 diabetic daughter? You are going to find some answers here - people are willing to share their experiences and help.

Thank you Shoshana. Today I will enter chat. Mohe, my son is 11 years old. Mari, yes, Jacob is on the pump. I make sure his meals are as directed. I've worked with doctor and for a while she didn't think I was doing good with him and now she days he might be insulin resistant and might need to get medication like Type 2 Diabetic. I will check out Arden's Day. Sounds like a plan today. I appreciate you all very much. Thank you.

please do join chat room yes we can help i hope
we'll try our best

You could try pedialyte, to help him rehydrate, but it takes me about 4 hours to start feeling good again after sever high blood sugar. Also, pedialyte doesn't have a nutritional label and I cant remember how many carbs it has. Check online or call. Its tough when your young and changing size & weight all the time, but don't stress out about it too much. You aren't doing anything wrong as a mother if his blood sugar get high. You sound like you are working very hard. High blood sugar is a fact of life when your diabetic. The best advice I can give is that he join the chat if he is motivated to change it. It will be much harder, and less valuable, for you to figure out his blood sugar than it will be for him to do it. If he is having continual problems, you could purchase a sensor. But, the data may not be that valuable unless he is fastidious about keeping records of everything he ate, excerise, and the works. It would require a Doc that is pretty quantitaive and willing to look at detailed data for more than just the time they have in an appointment.

mohe0001 you are so right



Its OK for him to have sugar. People need carbohydrate and protien to feel full and to live. Its not bad for diabetics. In America, we have highly refined carbohydrates. Even if it says, "whole wheat," I believe they are typically refined, or have corn syrup added. The ONLY good, filling bread that I have ever found in U.S. is http://www.foodforlife.com/about_us/ezekiel-49http://. It can be found in frozen food section of many stores, but is quite expensive. Our crappy, American carbohydrates aren't very filling. They have no staying power. He should be choosing waht he eats because only he know how hungary he is. You use a sliding scale, so you just need to dose appropriatley. Bad blood sugars are much more likley to come from the fact that he is not dosing himself for what he eats. Eleven year olds should be able to feed themselves. He is old enough to give himself insulin. This is where problems may be arising that will take a toll on his physical and emotional health. He may be very hungary. He may be eating behind your back. It is important that he learn the intricacies of this disease for himself. Its time, Mamma. Its hard, I know. Send him to camp.