I know this isn’t what happens. I know it’s all controlled by invisible and unpredictable, minute shifts and changes, electrical messages and whims in the body…

But here’s what happens: cross country running yesterday for E. Traditionally bad news. All day though he manages well, no hypos. Last night before our bed he’s 7.7 mmols. We would normally put him on 95% temp basal (slightly lower the insulin) to account for the exercise. Only the night before, we’d had him on 110% (slightly raised insulin) to combat high numbers — and it had held him mega-stable til morning.

So we reason we will keep him on 100% — which is in effect a reduction from the night before. So should be okay.

We also decide not to test. There is no extra insulin, and only the cross country to be dealing with. And it has been controlled all day. And it has been two weeks since we’ve had an unbroken night.

This morning I wake him on 1.7 mmols.

This is for most an unequivocally dangerous level. For many, this would signal true disorientation and unconsciousness. Fortunately, for E, he seems merely to feel a ‘bit weird’. It’s staggering that he wakes at all, that he knows to drink juice. I am able to have a conversation with him, wanting to keep him awake. This is not the first time he’s been at this sort of level — and each time, he seems to be reasonably okay.

I don’t want to think about what would happen were he on his own. Maybe someone can enlighten me to this.

So this morning, the only way we can see to have prevented this hypo was to get up in the night and test. Ha ha, someone is saying. That’s what you get.

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