11:30 PM – Check Carter’s blood, fix any lows with carbs, fix any highs with water or insulin if really needed.
11:35 PM – Set alarm for 2:00 AM to check Carter again and adjust after any corrections were made at 11:30PM, to make sure he isn’t too high or too low.
2:00AM – Check Carter’s blood, fix whatever needs to be fixed. Set alarm now for 6:30AM to get up and make breakfast for my daughter and Carter and take her to school.
6:30AM – Check Carter’s blood again, dose him for breakfast, make sure he eats everything I have dosed him insulin for. If all carbs aren’t consumed, offer a yogurt to cover the insulin on board.
9:00 AM – Check Carter’s blood again, making sure his breakfast insulin isn’t doing something different today, making him dip too low.
11:00 AM – Check Carter’s blood before getting in the car to go and pick up my daughter from school. Making sure he isn’t too high or too low. If he’s too high, give him water since when we arrive home he will be dosed for lunch. If he’s too low, give him a snack and water in the car.
12:15 PM – Dose Carter for lunch, again make sure that he eats all the carbs I have dosed him for. If he refuses to finish all the carbs on his plate, offer milk.
12:45 PM – Put Carter down for a nap.
1:30 PM – Go upstairs and peek in on Carter, make sure he is OK. Do a visual assessment to make sure he hasn’t dipped too low (make sure his breathing isn’t too shallow).
2:30 PM – Carter wakes up, check his blood to see where he is at, make any necessary adjustments.
3:00 PM – Take kids to the park, pack up all of Carter’s gear (Blood testing kit, snacks, water, glucagon, etc.)
4:00 PM – Check Carter’s blood as we are leaving the park, adjust what needs to be adjusted.
6:00 PM – Check Carter’s blood before dinner, dose him and make sure all carbs are consumed.
7:00 PM – Bath time
8:00 PM – Check Carter’s blood for bedtime, make any adjustments for bed, if he’s under 150 give him a 10g carb snack and put him to bed. If he’s over 150, just put him to bed. If he’s over 250, give him some insulin correction and put him to bed.
10:00 PM – Check Carter’s blood to make sure he hasn’t dipped or sky rocketed in his first few hours of sleep. Make any necessary adjustments, anything under 150 gets carb corrections, anything above 200 gets water correction.
11:30 PM – One final check before I go to bed, then set my alarm for 2:00 AM to do it all again.
This is what a typical day of diabetes management looks like in my home. This is a mapped out day with absolutely zero complications or surprises. If there are highs or lows it can set our day back an hour to and hour and a half do to the recover time it takes for Carter to feel better.
Diabetes is an invasive machine that continually throws wrenches into your day, and can create utter chaos in a matter of seconds. Being prepared is an understatement, being the caregiver to a diabetic, one needs to be prepared for every scenario at every moment of everyday. We need to constantly be at the ready, be it to fix a low blood sugar, or a high blood sugar.