Monday, February 1, 2010


For the past few nights, I've been having problems with lows.  Okay, not really PROBLEMS, but I have yet to get through a night of sleep without interruptions from my CGMs low alarm.  I test, down a juice-box that is waiting on my nightstand, and go back to sleep.  Sometimes I repeat this sequence several hours later.

In the wee hours of Sunday morning that lovely low alarm blared.  I tested in at 68 and the pump told me I should take about half a unit to cover part of the juice-box I'd be swigging down.  I chose to ignore that in the hopes that I could avoid any more low alarms until after the sun was up.

It was still dark when my alarm blared again.  5:00 a.m.  Ugh.  However it was not a low alarm this time.  It was a high alarm, alerting me to a blood sugar in the 170s.  I figured that I probably should have taken the half unit for the juice-box, bolused my correction and went back to sleep.

It was finally light when my next alarm shrilled and my CGM read in the 180s.  As I tried to figure out what the heck was going on, my hand wandered down to my infusion set.  To my surprise, the tubing was not attached to it.   That jolted me awake and I knew any hopes of getting back to sleep were gone.  I snapped the site back together, got the coffee going and tested my sugar.  (Yes, I did give coffee a higher priority than blood sugar testing.  I'm okay with that.)  291.  Then I tested for ketones.  Moderate.

I spent the morning feeling wiped out and nauseous.  I was completely starving by 11:30, when my blood sugar was finally back in range and I could eat breakfast.  But the most troubling thing is that I have no idea what caused the disconnect.  Had I not snapped the site completely in the last time I had disconnected?  Did I sleep on it funny and it somehow popped loose?  Did I have some odd dreams of low alarms and unhook my site while in a deep sleep?  None of those scenarios seem all that likely to me.  I guess this will be just another Diabetes Mystery.


  1. I hate that stuff. That constant battle between CGM, your pump, and correcting. I hate it so much.

    We could probably collect a bunch of Diabetes Mysteries short stories and put them in a book. Heck, I'd buy it! :)

    I hope you have a better day today my friend. ((HUGS))

  2. Holy crap! This exact thing happened to me this morning. I woke up and I couldn't find my pump! Luckily I think it happened in the morning, because my blood sugar was only 136 at the time, but it rose later.

    I think my subconscious was tired of my pump, so i took it off. I dont know. I'm sorry you had to deal with keytones. No fun at all.

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  4. I had the same SUPER annoying thing happen to me for the first time every this past Sunday. I was grocery shopping and just feeling AWFUL all of a sudden (of course I wasn't wearing my CGM that day). I went to the bathroom at Whole Foods to wash my hands and test. I decided I'd actually go in the stall and use the washroom. I pulled down my pants and to my SHOCK, my wiring just fell to the floor...and was not connected to my body! How long had this been like this? Since I showered earlier that day? I was 424...amazingly with no ketones. But boy was I ANGRY for the next 4 hours it took me to come back down!!! It is a true mystery!!!

  5. thanks for the comment. I really needed that. Somedays just suck.

  6. This has happened to me before!!! Maybe the tossing and turning during the night!


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