It started out so great…
To begin with, I have the world’s easiest baby. Don’t hate me, but my 2-month-old sleeps through the night. As in, I put Lucy down at 10 p.m., and she wakes up at 7 in the morning. Believe me, I know how rare this is. (But trust me when I say that I was “due” to have an easy child!) So this one particular night actually started out just fine. I put the baby down, stayed up a little later to catch some grownup hangout time with the hubs, and then went to sleep.
I was awakened at 4 in the morning by an odd sound from James’ continuous glucose monitor (CGM). When I went to investigate, I saw that there was a problem with the sensor that, while inconvenient, isn’t really THAT big of a deal.
I decided I should check James’ blood sugar, and was surprised to find that it was quite high — nowhere near where I thought it might be. I went ahead and administered insulin through his pump, planning to wake up in a few hours to see if the correction was enough to bring him into range. But something made me go back and check on James again, and I discovered that there was also an intermittent problem with his pump.
While I was on hold with the pump manufacturer’s customer service, I went online. Through the wonders of social media, I connected with a friend who happens to have a child with type 1 diabetes. While it was difficult to think straight at that early-morning hour, she reminded me that I had a spare pump — an older but still functioning one — and I was able to hook James up to it. Now that the call was slightly less frantic, I resumed holding for product support.
When I was able to talk with the representative, he was really helpful and immediately sent out a replacement pump. James was hooked up to a pump, his blood sugar was coming down, and he had a new sensor on. The replacement pump was on its way. All is well, right? Back to bed? Except by then it was nearly 7 a.m., and I could already hear Ben, my 2-year-old, making noise in his crib. There went that dream.
I’m sure all the fine folks I encountered that next day thought I was just a frazzled new mom. I’m sure they saw the baby and thought, “She’s probably not sleeping great — I totally get it.” So, socially, I got a pass. But the truth is, it wasn’t the infant stealing my sleep, it was diabetes. Don’t get me wrong: We live a good life despite diabetes! But we can all admit, sometimes there are moments that just stink, right?
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.