Monday, July 31, 2006

Oh, My Kingdom for a Peaceful Night

My best-est friend, The Dex, woke me up 3 (or 4?) times last night. As any new mother will tell you, the lack of uninterrupted sleep will fry your ability to create coherent thoughts or memories.

Anyways, Jack has his lower limit alarm set to 80. It buzzes me awake when it crosses that 80 mark, and I wake him up to drink something. We've recently figured out that one glass of milk will very nicely bring his BG up and keep him steady for hours while he sleeps. Last night, however, he either didn't feel like getting up or never really woke up. His BG hovered around 80 all night - which is great, but every time it crossed that limit on its way down, it would buzz. I tried to kick him out of bed to drink some milk so it would at least hover around 100, but he just checked The Dex, and turned around. And snored. The big lug...

Again, what's a little cross-eyed sleep-deprivation for my husband's healthy A1c?


At 1/8/06, Anonymous Caro said...

Oh, I hear you... and my Guardian RT!

The other night I was woken five times by low alerts. But the way I look at it is that I had a more restful nights sleep by averting the major hypo (and possibly seizure) that would almost certainly have ensued without the alerts.

It's a trade off, like everything else in diabetes.

Btw - I like getting the partner perspective here. It is another one, like being a parent of a kid with diabetes, that I totally don't have!

At 4/8/06, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try having your spouse eat something with fat/protein/sugar in it before bed. We use ice cream to keep my son's bg from crashing at night because it is absorbed more slowly than pure sugar. Of course my son is a growing boy, but maybe peanut butter crackers before bed, or something with less sugar than ice cream but some fat and protein to keep your husband's bg a bit higher? OR just give in and have him eat ice cream. Try just a half cup to start.

The reason the milk works is that it has the protein, sugar and fat but maybe he needs to drink it just before bed? We try not to send our son to bed without a last minute bg check and a snack (but it does happen!). His endo says he needs to be higher than 140 before bed. Then again, he doesn't have that CBGMS to keep track so maybe he is going way high then going down again? Sheesh! I live for the day when every diabetic has a monitoring system to help them.

You have a good attitude - I hope my son finds someone like you to marry....

At 29/1/07, Anonymous Maria said...

Wow at last a voice of another wife of a type 1 diabetic.We have just had a terrible week, me waking up to find comatose hubby beside me. 7 days ago I woke just as he went into fit (seizure) then lots of low blood sugars during day. This is critical argue point for us as I have lived with him for 17 years and feel certain when he is getting low sugars. He denies it and hates me knowing more about his diabetes than him - but he WON'T tune into his condition and learn to recognise the signs. Love him very much but last night I awoke and I think it was after he had had fit/seizure and bed was dripping wet and it took me an hour and 2 hypostops to bring him round. I am now very anxious as I am sleeping through the fits but I take on board the comments that he is not my responsibility.

We have 2 kids, 7yr and 3yr. They hear me shouting at the hubby to eat and understand - I think - why I am doing this. Sure neighbours must think he is battered husband although they know the diabetes situation.

Feeling very worn out by it all though.

Interested to read of the alarm which wakes you if hubby's blood sugar drops to dangerous levels. Is this a readily available item in your part of the world...not sure where that is but guessing USA. May look into but GB seems to concentrate on type 2 diabetes for old people.

Really appreciate reading about other people's experiences of this though.

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At 10/5/07, Blogger Lori Rode said...

Earplugs. I recommend them highly.

No, really. They only reduce the noise, they do not take it away. I can still hear the click of a light switch with mine in.

My DH has a CPAP machine and my sleep quality has improved greatly since I started to wear the earplugs regularly.

Not that I want you to have Maria's experience of waking to an unconscious spouse, but you do deserve good sleep, too.


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