I have a black cloud A.K.A. Diabetes, showing its ugly face this evening.
As most of you know, Andrew has been controlling his diabetes so far with diet. He's still free of insulin at this point and experiencing lows.
My husbands birthday was today and we decided to celebrate at P.F. Chang's since they offer gluten free options for Andrew. When we got there, I had Andrew test and he was at 80. Beautiful! He ordered the gluten free chicken, broccoli and rice. I always feed him brown rice because white rice has an extremely high glycemic load, but I thought I'd let him "cheat" a little. I portion his rice at home to no more than 1/2 cup per serving.
Then things started to escalate...
- Mistake 1: The waitress delivers his food and they put the sauce all over the chicken and broccoli after I requested it to be on the side. It happens, but it really puts a monkey wrench in the plan with a diabetic.
- Mistake 2: She takes the food away and leaves the white rice in front of him. Being at 80 and dropping, hunger is setting in and he starts to pick away at the rice. I asked him to only eat 1/2 of the rice bowl. Before I knew it, the rice was GONE!
- Mistake 3: His new chicken and broccoli show up and he DOESN'T LIKE THE CHICKEN! UGGHHH!!!
Oh my goodness, this is not good. He has way tooooo much white rice in his system and no protein to balance it out. I think fast and ask them if they could kindly cook him some gluten free eggs since they use them in the fried rice. They quickly whipped some up for him and thankfully Andrew was a happy camper!
When dinner was over, I tested and he was at 131. I'm thinking, "Wow, this is good".
Since Andrew was diagnosed with celiac disease, I haven't had birthday cake in the house because it's just too much a temptation for Andrew. I wanted to make gluten free brownies, but didn't have time so we decided that we would stop for ice cream later in the evening. Andrew likes to get the no sugar added dilly bars. They are gluten free!!!
OK, everyone is scurrying around getting ready to go and BAM! Andrew yells, we can't go! "Why not?, I asked. "I'm at 196!", he yelled. Oh boy! Now what do I do? What all I could think of is EXERCISE! I remember a D-mom (I believe it was Diapeepees) posting a picture of her little ones running around the house due to a high blood sugar reading. I sent them all out to the backyard to run around.
After an hour, I decide to pull him back in to test again. You will not even believe what I saw....71! Yes 71! This is a type 1 diabetic off of insulin pulling a 71. How does this happen????? I'm so confused. Actually the doctors are too.
Anyway, we decide that we better get to the DQ before they close. After we get our ice cream, Andrew starts saying, "I feel weird and shaky". Oh my goodness!!! I left the testing bag at home. Thankfully we only live a couple of minutes away. He just keeps saying that he feels weird. This is a child that does not get many symptoms when he's low. When we arrive home and test, he reads 67. I felt better knowing that he wasn't ready to pass out, but I was so mad that diabetes completely messed with us ALL evening!
I know the inevitable is staring me in the face, but for now I just want to stay in our non-insulin bubble. I'm scared to death of something that I know will eventually save my son's life - insulin. The honeymoon period is soooo unpredictable. I think, what if I would have given him a correction tonight for the 196 reading? That 71 blood glucose reading 1-1/2 hours later could have been a disaster!
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