A big thank you to Sarah for participating in our “Day in the life of a type 1” project. Sarah is mom to Chey, who was diagnosed the same month as Stella, july 2010. You can find out more about them here: Waiting for Robin

A life in the day of a diabetic 11 yo:

October 5, 2013 – Saturday

3am – 2nd nighttime check BS=190

8am – Check BS for breakfast. BS=183 Calculate carbs. Calculate carb to insulin ratio to get how much insulin to cover her food. Calculate correction factor because BS is out of target range. Draw up Humalog (short acting insulin). Draw up Lantus (long acting insulin). Inject. Eat Breakfast.

10:46am – Check BS for mid-morning. BS=280 (Lantus change today will make the next two days of numbers really messed up.) Cannot correct because Humalog hasn’t finished running it’s course. Wait and see what lunch numbers are like at 12pm.

12pm – Check BS for lunch. BS=260. Weigh food. Calculate carbs to insulin ratio (which is different from the breakfast ratio). Calculate correction factor because BS is out of target range. Draw up Humalog. Inject. Eat lunch.

3pm – Check BS for snacktime. BS= 115. (yea! Finally!!) Calculate carbs to insulin
ratio for snack. Draw up Humalog. Inject. Eat snack.

6:28pm – Check BS for dinner. BS=80. Low but ok as long as we eat now. Measure out her dinner with measuring cups. Calculate carb to insulin ratio (different from the other meals). Draw up insulin. Inject. Eat dinner.

8:50pm – Check BS for bedtime. BS=74. Way to low to go to bed. Juice given (15g fast acting sugar). Now we wait.

9:05pm – Check BS again. BS=96. Almost there. Juice given. Wait.

9:24pm – Check BS again. BS=117. Acceptable for bedtime. Snack given to keep BS up. 3 crackers with peanut butter. Draw up nighttime Lantus dose. Inject. Go to bed.

11:10pm – First nighttime check. Check BS. BS=124.

All in all, quite a boring day, diabetes wise. Only 10 BS checks (finger pokes) and only 6 injections. Bare minimum reached.

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  1. Thanks for helping to make this invisible disease visible and helping to raise awareness about Type 1 by posting the day in the life of Type 1.

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