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Powered by Accuracy

Banner-DessiYou may have seen the ads…images of people like Dessi Zaharieva, Max Domi or James Coones and the caption “is Powered by Accuracy”.

You may have gotten the idea that these people are individuals with Type 1 diabetes who are using Bayer meters.

You would be right but this is not the usual meter campaign filled with superstars.  This is a campaign to showcase real people who are doing amazing things all while living with diabetes.

Max Domi is not exactly your average kid on the street.  He is an amazing young man who happens to live with diabetes and is headed to the NHL.  I also have heard that he is a very kind young man who takes time to share with other young children who are struggling to deal with diabetes.

Bayer isn’t just interested in his story however, they want to hear yours as well…and sharing it will help you to win FREE stuff.

Besides showcasing these people with diabetes who use their meters, Bayer is also running a contest that will last for a total of 12 weeks (they are at week 6 at the moment) with prizes drawn each week.  To enter you first simply provide your name and email address.  You of course have the option to continue to receive product information from them if you wish.

Because Bayer wants to showcase REAL people, they are giving you the chance to earn a second entry into the contest by sharing your story.  You can take the time to tell them about YOUR life with diabetes.  Prizes change each week and can be anything from Max Domi swag to Beats earphones to wireless speakers and more!

The Bayer Powered by Accuracy campaign has one other great feature…if you share their videos, they will donate to some of our favourite Canadian charities like The Diabetes Hope Foundation, Connected in Motion, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  All you have to do is click “share”  to share a video and these charities will receive a donation from Bayer!

Head over to www.poweredbyaccuracy.ca now to fill out your entry, share your story, and share a video so that you and some fabulous Canadian charities can enjoy some wonderful rewards!

 

Bloodletting is a Good Thing?

Its strange the things that go through your head at three in the morning. Perhaps its because my brain is still asleep. Maybe it thinks that I am still dreaming. I am really not sure but either way, I have had some of the strangest thoughts as I search for a finger and blood.

Last night came a reoccurring thought…how sick is this process?? I mean really! Each night, I crawl into my son’s room to slice his finger and make him bleed. I actually take pleasure in injuring my son’s pale skin.  I am upset when I do not see that red glow of blood flowing from him. This is what diabetes has reduced me to.  A callous parent who is pleased to see blood spill from her child!  

Its true. Blood gives me so much information. From his blood I know if his pump is delivering insulin properly.  I learn if he bolused is meal in the correct manner. I know if we miscalculated for exercise.  I know if we need more insulin, an early morning meal, or if I can sleep feeling relatively confident that he will wake up in the morning.  

I began to wonder how many other diseases are this invasive?  How many other parents take pleasure in seeing their child bleed multiple times over a 24 hour period.  How many others breathe a sigh of relief when a needle pierces the skin of their child multiple times during a day because they know that it means that they will be alive for another day. 

Diabetes is a sick disease.  I am sure that there are other diseases that require our loved ones to be abused simply to stay alive but I thankfully have not experienced them.  I have experienced filling a tiny finger with blood upwards of twelve times per day just to keep him healthy.  I have also experienced seeing a tiny body laying lifeless in Intensive Care with tubes and wires running everywhere. I have seen my strong, young son grey and weak as ketones threaten to ravage his body.  The bloodletting sadly seems justifiable but I pray that one day there will be a better way–a better way to keep him alive and healthy. 

Quid Pro Quo

“Did you remember all of your readings yesterday?”

“Well, actually…you see, it was like this…I forgot my morning test.”

“Did you have your meter in your pocket?”

“Yeah.”

“You said that you always remember when you have your meter in your pocket.”

“Well, this time I forgot.  Did you text me today?”

“No I was busy with a lot of other things going on and didn’t get the chance.”

“Well, if you don’t remember to text me, how can you expect me to remember to test?”

Quid pro quo…and Mom loses the battle. He later admitted however that he rarely pays attention to my text messages until hours after the fact but if Mom couldn’t remember to text then how could I expect the son to remember all of his bg tests? I hate it when my children use logic on me that I have to agree with. I did text him the next day…one excuse he cannot use this time!


Slides are not always fun

I have been trying to give my son space.  My boys are growing up and I have to step back and allow them to fall on their own at times.  I think that is the hardest part of being a parent thus far.  The older they get, the less I can stop them from doing things that could harm them. I have to sit back and be ready to wipe their knees and help them back up again.  Diabetes is no exception.

For almost 12 years, I have preached about testing, bolusing, counting carbs, carrying meters, carrying glucose and the list goes on. Now that my son is a teen, its important that he start doing many of these things on his own. It is also important that I don’t drone on and on so that he completely tunes me out. Finding that balance is hell!

Now that he is more self-sufficient, I don’t think as much about two hour after tests. I go to bed knowing that he will test and if he is not in what we have established as a “good” range, he will either get me up or handle it himself.  I know that he always has his kit with him. I know that he usually has glucose somewhere in a pocket. 

Being a teen, he can take advantage of that trust…and does.  Last night I went through his meter. I knew that we were having a few issues with lows so I had let things go for a few days to see if there was a pattern or if it was human error.  As I sat down with meter and paper, I found huge lapses in readings. I really didn’t know what to do.

The lapses were during the day.  They were sometimes while he was with me. More often, they were while he was at school or with friends. My son is terribly private.  I think he is dangerously private when it comes to diabetes. He doesn’t want his friends to really “see” his diabetes.  He carries his meter but he leaves it in his pocket. He is great at detecting when he is out of range so he uses his internal compass to keep him out of trouble. At night, when he knows he will not wake up from a low, he makes sure that all tests are done.

I was proud of myself. I didn’t yell when I saw blank spaces of up to 10 hours with no readings. I wanted to scream but I also wanted to cry. I was failing. I was being too lax. I laid out some new ground rules for the next little while. He will do all of his tests at school. No exceptions. No excuses. He will text me those readings for the next week. I will text him to remind him (in case his pump is not enough of a reminder).  If he fails to do this, he will lose all online privileges including his xBox. 

I then told him that testing takes about 10 seconds total.  It can be done quietly by heading into the washroom or sliding it out at his desk. He does not need to draw attention to himself. He can stay private but he MUST test. He is putting himself in danger. I told him that quietly testing himself will not draw nearly the attention that throwing up from being high or passing out from being low will. Those are big time attention getter’s. If he wants to avoid them happening in front of his friends then he must test.

I left it at that. I was sad. I was ashamed. How could I let him go so long with no tests? Because I believed him when he said he tested. I trusted that testing when he got up was routine. 

I give him breaks in his care. I test for him. I bolus for him. I help him with carbs. I remind him.  I back off and let him remember. I do not ask a reading before asking him how his day went.

Its a struggle.  I know we are moving forward. I acknowledged how much I appreciate that he is bolusing. I told him that remembering to test before bed was super important and I was so glad that he was doing that. 

He is now in class for the day. I have texted him asking for his reading. He hasn’t replied.  I am hoping it will happen by their first break. I hate one step forward and then sliding back. I know…its called parenthood. I have to be glad that there is forward movement but… AAAAAAHHHHHHH!! Okay I feel better! Today is a fresh new day.

I Googled “fear of slides” and this image popped up!