Why……W-H-Y Would Your Wake Up at 4 a.m. to Check a Blood Sugar????

4 amWhy would anyone have to wake up in the middle of the night to test their child’s blood sugar?  Did you ever hear the question; why do people rob banks?   The answer is simple; because that is where the money is.  The answer of whether someone wakes up to check their child’s blood sugar has just as much a simple answer; because they choose to…..and it’s that simple and ALSO no one else’s dang business.

I, for the life of me, do not understand why this is such a debate whenever it shows up somewhere.  One can give all of the medical proof what is and what is not acceptable.  One can speak to 25 people and get 25 different opinions; IT IS YOUR CALL.

For some reason this topic gets a whole barrage of opinions and here is the thing; if it works for you……it works for you; and what works for you will not necessarily work for someone else.  If you make sure your child is 190 at bedtime so you can sleep; your call.  If you wake up 1-2-3 times per night; your call.  If your child wakes up at the slightest low; count your blessings.  If your child is 180 and wakes up to go to the bathroom; count your blessings.  If you do not ‘fit in to any category’ and you have adjusted your life accordingly…….and it works……good for you.

I have come to learn that there are two types of fear.   There is living with petrifying fear that stops you from functioning…..and there is fear that really means respect.  Respected enough to understand what something can do; and to try to harness that respect and handle it the way you see fit.   If people are living in petrifying fear…..they should find someone to talk to and try to shift that type of fear away, or at least to a respect-level.  Petrifying fear is no good for anyone, and can consume; that should be avoided.

But again I, for the life of me, can never understand the way people constantly believe because they had the wonderful ability to sleep through the night and not worry about their child, needs to be other people’s way of life.

Do your homework and read up on what you must.  DO NOT make this decision on opinion or feelings; do it based on a sound judgment after you have found out all the facts.  Have a heart-to-heart talk with yourself on what you believe, but know this:  After you talk to a ton of members from your medical team; after you speak to a ton of friends you trust who understand diabetes—–YOU WILL decide what you need to know and do.  What you decide after that is your call and DO NOT LET ANYONE tell you other wise.

Will it be easy?  Maybe, maybe not–but what it will be; is YOUR decision.  And when it comes to YOUR decision about YOUR family……..that is all you need.  So make the call and get on with the regular-living-life-with-whatever-it-has-to throw-at-you; you deal with enough already.

‘Nuff said.

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0 thoughts on “Why……W-H-Y Would Your Wake Up at 4 a.m. to Check a Blood Sugar????

  • Thanks for posting! I’ve gotten suggestions from both (test during the night/don’t test). Like you said I test which what works for us, before bed, 1:45, wake up. The other night I caught him in a rare low, bg 65, after 20g carbs no insulin and 15 minutes bg 68 reading! Another 20g and 15 min, bg 150. I may not be as rested as I want to be, but I have peace of mind knowing we can try and avoid serious lows by me checking. We had 1 low bg seizure in 2 years (I hope to never repeat). My son is 5 now, I don’t know what I will do when he’s older and on his own.

  • Patrice Palmer says:

    Thanks for posting. The clinic has told us to do what makes us comfortable. I get up at 2 and test my son. My question is what happens when he goes away to university. How have families managed this? Any ideas? thanks, Patrice

  • We have been fortunate enough to use the Dexcom CGMS with Nightscout & I can’t say enough great things about this tool! It has allowed us to keep an eye on our DS thru the night without having to get out of bed – except when treating a low (it wakes us with an alarm to the numbers that we’ve set). It also helps us see how different foods/activities effects his numbers ie. we’ve found that a dinner of Salmon (lot’s of fat & protein), vegetable (broccoli), greek yogurt (more fat & protein) & pistachios (more fat & protein) requires no bolus and more often than not keeps his numbers somewhere between 75 & 120 all night long – wouldn’t have been able to figure that without the Dexcom.

  • Thanks for pointing this out! I’m a get-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night mom. I’ve been made to feel like a foolish over reactive parent by so many people, mostly doctors. I wake up for many different reasons. #1 I love my daughter (I’m not implying others do not love their children as much as I do, but honestly, that is my motivator for everything, so I have to say it. I hope I don’t offend anyone). #2 My daughter has never, ever, woken up for a low. In six years. Lows in the 30’s or 40’s. She does wake up for highs, go figure. #3 I have insomnia, I can’t sleep for more than 3 hours at a time without waking up anyway. I’ve had it most my life, I even take a sleeping pill. #4 I’ve had deaths in my family, so I know it can happen. I just wish people wouldn’t ask me “do you REALLY need to do that?” Because, yes, I do.

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