Found this great board a few months ago, then became really busy, went away, and returned home to get my kids’ chronic medical conditions straightened out. So I’ve hardly had any time to be here. Just wanted to mention a few things that I found interesting.
Over the past two months, my daughter has had two procedures that required being asleep and two surgeries. For the first two procedures and the first surgery (under for about an hour), Katherine woke up with the same exact bg number she had before falling asleep. For the other surgery (under for about 2 hours), her bg only went up 10 points. I really thought she’d be fighting highs b/c of nerves, or lows b/c of anasthesia. That really surprised me.
The other thing that surprised me was that NONE of the medical professionals ever heard of Levemir. Yes, it’s relatively new, but it has been around for a few years now.
Something else: I have been paying attention for years to others’ experiences with surgery, as it is true that most medical professional don’t have a clue as to what to do with a T1 during surgery (the anasthesiologist’s job). They have a better idea, but most wanted Katherine to cut her morning Levemir dose in half (she gets 28 u), and one wanted to eliminate it completely! Glad I checked with the endo beforehand, though, b/c she said to reduce the morning Levemir by no more than 20%. Also, a nurse referred to Katherine as a “brittle diabetic” b/c of the amount of insulin she was on, and was surprised to hear that Katherine’s A1c’s are in the 6’s. And this nurse was a T1 herself! I explained that Katherine’s endo has explained to us that 13 is a tough age for T1s b/c of all the hormones, and that no, she was not “uncontrolled” - the word that nurse used to describe anyone who’s on a larger dose of insulin. But for the most part, they were good experiences. I was expecting a lot worse, but all were pretty cooperative about watching her bg while she was under.