Thursday, April 24, 2008

Upside Down

Picture, 4-24-08, Upside Down
Originally uploaded by NaomiPoet
When we went to the endocrinologist last week she had us switch Daniel's Lantus shot to the morning to try to combat some of his evening highs. What mostly seemed to happen in the few days after we switched was that he experienced morning highs instead.

Yesterday he was high all day. Too high. After dinner I was logging his numbers into the book and was grousing about the high numbers that day. My husband asked if perhaps Daniel was sneaking candy because he found Reese's wrappers in his trash can upstairs.

I didn't know, but I didn't think so, because he usually just tags one onto the end of a meal. But we asked him about it and he said, "no, I just think you have to raise my Lantus."

That's when I got a shiver, a cold sweat, and said, "Daniel, I don't think I gave you your Lantus this morning."

He said, "Sure you did, I even commented about where you were giving the shot."

I thought about it. Busy morning. Rush to get to the bus. Prepare lunches. Get Dominic's stuff organized because he had a field trip. Sign a couple of permission slips for Nora. No recollection of Lantus.

"That's why you are so high today. You had no Lantus. I did NOT give you a shot."

Then I got mad at myself for the rest of the night. The upshot is that we're going back to evening shots. Easier to plan for, easier to remember. But Daniel will have to test at 3:00 when he gets home from school to see if he is drifting high. We can handle that addition to the routine. But adding one more thing in the morning is over the top.

P.S., the sucky news I got today when I called my insurance company is that they never heard of Pelikan Sun technologies, so they won't cover the lancets for the new lancing device. Time to start a letter-writing campaign.


Jillian said...

We've all done it, so try not to beat yourself up about it. If switching back to evenings doesn't work, you should definitely inquire about splitting the dose. It really surprises me that the doctor didn't bring it up, I thought it was almost the stand for Levemir/Lantus dosing. Too bad about that lancet device, it seems pretty innovative.

k2 said...

It happens to us all. Acknowledge it, learn from it, and move on.
If not, you'll drive yourself nuts. Your a great mom!

You've solved the problem regarding the crazy morning routine, Jillian right about asking your doc about splitting the dose.
Hang in there ;)

Anonymous said...

Uh, please don't dwell on this too long, Sweetie. If you insist on thinking that you're a terrible mother I'll be forced to remind you of the time when I dropped the heavy tv remote onto VJ's newborn face--from arm's length, no less--while scanning the weather channel for tornado warnings...Don't make me do it!


Naomi said...

But it is such fun beating myself up. I do it so well. :)

jules said...

don't get mad at yourself! we all do it i forget to take my lantus sometimes but as long as you can fix it the next day... i'm sure he would have reminded you too