Does every child go low so fast?

My son was diagnosed in May and we find that everyday there is something new that we face or need to find out!  Today Hunter was telling me that he felt low at school just before lunch(exactly 6 minutes before) and tested and was 11.2 and then 6 min later tested his lunch BS and was 4.2!  Really in 6 minutes the BS levels can make that kind of change?  What are your thoughts?

kids have fast metabolisms so I believe things can change quickly.

That being said I bet his bs was dropping fast, when I am dropping fast I get los bs symptoms even if my random finger test is high.

IMO he's still making insulin, the Honeymoon is that hardest to control because you literally don't know if 1 unit will do a little or a lot.  That part gets more predictable with time.

good luck.

We have learned that when our daughter says she feels hungry (which is what she says when she is low) we need to get juice into her even if her bs is 140.  She has even been as high as 230 and told us she felt hungry.  A half hour later she would be 60.  You are right, you learn new things all the time about your child and how they react to highs, lows, activity, foods, etc.  Just when you think you have it figured out, the rules change.  Know that you are in good company being frustrated!  Good Luck!

Hi Sandra, I was curiouse , cuz I'm fairly new to all of this , it's been a month since diagnosis. What do you do to get through the night ! My daughter is getting frustrated because I want to do checks to see if she gets lows at night! How long before , I should let her sleep a whole night like she use to?

At bedtime snack, if Hunter is 6.9 or less we give him an extra 15g of carbs that have a longer effect on him eg.  Cheese and crackers, milk, something that is low in sugar but high in protein.  also I get up at 3:00 am and test every single night.  He is use to it now and really sleeps through it all, however I do have to hunt for his hands( they are usually tucked away so that it is harder to get at!)  But I don't see an end anywhere to stopping the 3 a.m checks as I have found him low a few times and don't want to chance it.  Our Doctor said that he would likely wake up before he went dangerously low, but it scares the life out of me to think that he might not wake up.....This is all so new to your daughter and has had to make alot of adjustments and I think this is one that I personally would not change.

How many times are you checking her in the night?  It really is a lot for them in the beginning.... My son has only been diagnosed for almost 6 months now and I still have to sometimes go back and look things up.... Let me know if you have any more questions!

Glucometers are machines that are not always accurate.  If I wonder I retest my daughter again.  I find, glue, sunscreen, sticky fingers, truly anything that can live in small amounts on a finger can have HUGE impacts on blood sugars.  I have Emma wash her hands with soap and water all the time before checking, wipes are not good enough for her. I bet thats what happened.

Did he wash his hands in between? I would suspect that he had something on his finger when he tested the first time. Or if he just used a different finger (that was clean) for the second test, it might be different.

6 minutes seems really fast for me - but we've seen big changes in 20-30 min.

Warminthebay - My 10 year old daughter has was dx in 5/2008.  I almost never sleep through the night.  Even after we got her the Omnipod last year.  Since Type I can make you go high & low so quickly, it is important to stay on top of it.  I usually test her at her bedtime, then at mine (generally 2 hrs later).  Depending upon that reading (usually between 160-250BG is okay), I will wake up and test again.  If she's lower than 160 she can go low.  Higher than 250 she has to have a bolus (burst of insulin from her pump) to get her reading down.  Since we are giving insulin, she could go low, so we have to re-test in 2 hrs.  and of course, you know the bad things that go along with lows.  My way around getting Hannah up at night is to test her while she sleeps.  She has gotten so good at sleeping through her testing she usually snores through it.  If she's low and needs sugar, I try the apple juice box first.  That way she can doze through the treatment (with me elevating her head of course!).   A Constant Glucose Monitor (CGM) can eliminate a lot of this, but I have heard stories about these malfunctioning, etc.    I know how it is to deal with this.  Especially at first.  My thoughts & prayers go out to you & your daughter.  You'll get through this!  And trust me, you'll both be stronger because of it.   - Shawna