Kim M.

Is She Sick Because She’s High or High Because She’s Sick?

We have both good and bad diabetes days. The other day was not a good diabetes day. I was bustling around home, doing what busy moms do, when I heard my cell phone ring at 10:34 a.m. “Uh-oh,” I thought. “It must be the school nurse.” I looked at the caller ID. Yup. “Hello,” I answered. “Hi, Kim. Kaitlyn is fine, but I just checked her, and her blood sugar is very high.”

Yikes. I went right over to school. When I got there, Kaitlyn’s number was even higher than before, so I immediately started to pull out her supplies. Despite her high blood sugar level, Kaitlyn seemed absolutely fine. She sat there patiently sipping her water bottle, while I got everything ready. It was a complete surprise then when she suddenly threw up! All over the place! She and I and the room were covered. I was so shocked! For a few seconds, I couldn’t even move. Eventually, I got my wits about me and we cleaned ourselves up the best we could. I even had to borrow a T-shirt from the nurse’s supply to go home in.

After we got home and cleaned up some more, I checked her again, and she was already almost back in range. She was fine for the rest of the day. Her tummy wasn’t upset, and she didn’t throw up again. She didn’t look or act sick at all. I kept her home the following day, just in case she had a stomach bug, but she was fine. No one else in the family got sick either.

Dealing with throwing up has got to be one of the worst parts of parenting! Besides the fact that it was an awful experience, it was so puzzling! I’m still not really sure what was going on. It’s really common for her numbers to shoot really high when she’s sick, so it could have been just that she was sick and then started feeling better really quickly. It’s also very possible that she felt sick because of how high her blood sugar was. She’s never been high for very long (even when she was first diagnosed), so I really don’t know if that’s one of her typical symptoms for high blood sugar.

I don’t want to be a mom that explains away every contagious illness by blaming it on something else. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen a child with a green nose and heard someone say “Oh, it’s just allergies,” or “It’s just because she’s teething.” Now I’m the one saying, “She doesn’t have the stomach flu. It’s just because of her high blood sugar numbers.” But really, this time, I think it might be true!

 

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.

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