Sometimes I’m relieved to realize things aren’t as bad as they seem — I only made a dumb mistake. This morning was one of those occasions.

I was sitting at home doing some paper work, and I heard the phone ring. I looked at the time and had the dreaded “Oh, I hope it’s not the nurse” feeling. Sure enough — it was her. Now, I love Kaitlyn’s nurse, and I am so grateful for all she does, but getting a phone call from her in the middle of the day is never a good sign. She gave me the bad news… a high number! Ugh.

Kaitlyn had been battling some highs in the last few weeks, but most of those issues were ironed out, and we had finally been getting some in-range numbers. This high number was out of the blue, and there did not seem to be any good clues pointing to the cause.

My first impulse was to go over to the school, give a shot, do a site change, and maybe take Kaitlyn home. I was sure that I had counted the carbs for her breakfast right, but before I hung up the phone, I had a hunch and asked the nurse to check the history on Kaitlyn’s pump just to be sure. The nurse went ahead and looked up the latest entries, and there was no reading for Kaitlyn’s breakfast bolus! She hadn’t gotten any insulin at all — no wonder her numbers were high! I must have gotten distracted while pressing the buttons on her pump and never hit “Go.”

It wasn’t fun to admit that the reason Kaitlyn’s blood sugar was so high was completely my fault, but at least I knew why! The nurse gave her a correction, and Kaitlyn ended up staying at school. It took a little while for her numbers to stabilize, but I knew everything would be fine.

We all have good and bad diabetes days, but it’s always a drag when I unintentionally cause out-of-range numbers. What is even more frustrating than making dumb mistakes, though, is when Kaitlyn has an unexplained number and I have no idea why. Sometimes, days or weeks will go by and I still don’t know why her numbers are wacky. All predictability goes out the window, and I feel completely out of control of the situation. It’s really hard when I know something is wrong but don’t know how to fix it.

By now I know that’s just a part of type 1 diabetes sometimes, and we can’t be perfect all the time. So — here’s to making mistakes and learning from them.

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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