Tuesday, September 21, 2010

TWENTY THREE



23 looks different than the spelled word TWENTY THREE doesn't it? In fact, 23 looks like a freaking HEART ATTACK on that little pink meter dont ya think?

The morning started very typical today. Maddison was around 80 at 4am so I had her sip some juice. We have done this sipping game a million times, bumping her up just a tad to a safer range until she was to wake up for the day.

Things got a little complicated for me this morning with spilled coffee, a barking puppy and a meowing kitten chasing after the barking puppy. So, I didnt check Maddison when I woke up at 530 as I normally would. Seeing that 23 pop up on the meter an hour later stopped my heart, I mean, I really think my heart stopped beating for just a moment. I instantly cursed myself out load because HAD I ONLY checked her an hour before! ONE TIME you cannot let this freaking disease go without constant attention!!

With lightening speed I threw open the bedside table, asking Maddison if she felt ok. "Yes mom, why? What am I?" she said. Her voice was music to my ears. There are no words to explain what you are thinking and feeling at this moment while you are pleading with God to PLEASE just let her be able to drink the juice!! I was confused. I grabbed the glucose tabs wondering how Maddison was able to talk with a 23 blood sugar. I yelled for Hannah to get the sugar gel while I fumbled for the glucagon, meter, and test strip. I just kept talking to Maddison. I dont even know what I was saying. Recheck showed a 154. Excuse my language....but SCREW YOU STUPID METER!! False alarm. Another recheck showed 158.

Then, I could breathe. I can see how the false highs happen when checking your sugar. But false lows....like a TWENTY FREAKING THREE!!?? 23. TWENTY THREE. 23!!??? Stupid freaking meter. You can bet I climbed in bed and held Maddison tightly. She giggled at me. Im glad she thought it was funny.

10 comments:

Tracy (The Crazy Pancreas) said...

OMG! I have goosebumps reading this! Wow! I would have FREAKED out and had my heart stop too!

Glad she was not REALLY that LOW.

Ok, breathe...

Gerry S. said...

Wow , we used the exact same meter, skin and all untill a couple of weeks ago( now on one touch ping) and I experienced false highs but never a false low!! I bet you had the biggest sigh of relief and then the cuss words... Just for the record Miranda's lowest real low was 27. Still functioning but for sure looked foggy. Very scary!!
Take care...

Lora said...

OH MY!!!! I would have had a serious heart attack. I can't believe the meter was THAT far off.

Glad it worked out okay~ phew!

Pam said...

The exact same thing happened to me this summer! The meter just said LOW. I blogged about it here:
http://wickedsweet-pam.blogspot.com/2010/06/how-low-can-you-go.html
I think D just likes to throw shit at you every now and again to make sure you're paying attention.

Heidi / D-Tales said...

Yowza, that's one heck of a false low!

Meri said...

I had a scare like that his year, when a 52 was upsidedown, and it "looked" like a 25. So scary!! I'm glad all was well!

Amy said...

Geesh....seriously would have freaked me out!!!

Reyna said...

That is RI-DONK-U-LOUS!!! Seriously, that should be reported. The only way a low could be a "user" error would be like if her hand was wet or something...OMG. I am glad she was a solid 150 though.

thisiscaleb said...

That's completely insane! We had a 25 pop up once, but Caleb seemed completely fine, so we did the same thing - rechecked - and he was in range.

Dang meter, is right.

Laura said...

Holy Guacamole! I almost peed my pants when I saw that! Stupid Meter!