{Our Story} Alert Dog?

by Leighann on July 18, 2012

(I found this post in my drafts folder. Although it happened last summer, I wanted to share the story anyway.)

On the last day of swim lessons, both kids received their report cards and were passed to the next level (too bad it was the last session of the summer). To celebrate their accomplishment of having every single skill checked off we went to the snow cone truck that’s blocks away from the pool.

Swim lessons have been tricky this year. I scheduled them at 5:45 thinking we could have an early or late dinner. But an early dinner would have been way too early and the late dinners were really late for us. So on this last day of lessons we had the snow cones at what would have been our late dinner time we have been doing for the last 4 weeks.

I checked Q’s blood sugar to make sure that she didn’t need real food right now. She was in the low 200’s so I knew we were okay.

I ordered her a small (which is actually pretty big) sugar-free strawberry snow cone to the tune of an extra dollar for the syrup made with Splenda. The syrup has a few carbs but it’s impossible to know how much syrup they actually put in. I did not bolus for the icy delicacy.

When we got home and finally had proper food for a dinner that at this point was very, very late (7:30 ish), her blood sugar was only a few numbers above what it had been post-swim. I pre-bolused for 20gC. When all was said and done she had consumed about 30gC.

But here’s my predicament: It was the time that she would normally have bedtime snack.

(Note: At the time I originally wrote this, we were not bolusing for bedtime snacks. We do now, unless she’s below 100.)

I didn’t want to give her the usual 15gC including 5 plus g protein just to give her a snack. So I ended up not bolusing for the 10gC that I hadn’t yet bolused for at dinner.

But it was tricky because I checked her blood sugar again and she was at 200 with 0.5u IOB. At bedtime.

But 200 at bedtime isn’t low. I figured I would check her again at 11:00 pm before I went to sleep…

At 2:00 am, almost on the dot, my three-year-old came into my room to get into bed. I got up and ushered him back to his bed (I don’t want the kids getting into the habit of sleeping with us all night). I figured that since I was up I should check Q’s blood sugar. I had left her PDM on her nightstand so I turned on her lamp and checked her without waking.


I went downstairs and returned with two juice boxes (note to self: put some juice boxes upstairs). I held the box, placing the straw in her mouth, and she drank without really waking.

I checked her a couple more times…

Had my son not come into our room at 2 am I would not have awoken and checked her. She does not usually go low during the night. In fact, recent overnight basal testing has shown us quite the opposite; she’s usually on the high side.

The fact that my son awoke me for no apparent reason in the middle of the night resulting in me finding and treating a low, made me think of diabetes alert dogs.

But the funny thing is that it’s not like they share a room. It’s quite the opposite: his bed is on the eastern wall of our house and hers is on the western.

(And another sidenote, I recently confirmed that my son is NOT a functioning diabetic alert dog. Oh well!)

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1 Dan Masucci July 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

Another example of how T1 is a sneak, always finding ways to be unpredictable, keep you on your toes and throw you down the stairs once you think you have it figured out.

Too bad your son was not in fact a functioning diabetic dog. You could have made a fortune training younger siblings to sniff out high and low glucose levels.


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