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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Forget the Groundhog....

Brendon's glucose numbers are the indicator that Spring is here!

Every year since he was diagnosed, at the coming of Spring, his numbers are insanely high for no other reason than the apparent change in season. It's occured when he was on shots and on the pump.

It also happens at the change of the other three seasons, but it's more prolonged and severe at Spring. For the past few weeks (as it does every year at this time), at a couple of different times each day, Brendon has been getting numbers in the 300's. Lately, those numbers have been increasing in frequency and have even risen to the 400's. Those numbers don't always occur at the same time of the day, so making adjustments in his basal rates can be a bit tricky. It also takes quite a bit of extra insulin to bring those numbers down.

We brought this up a couple of times to his endo and nurse educator during the times he had appointments at this time of the year (when they questioned why his numbers were so out of whack) and they looked at us like we were crazy (Brendon's endo is Type 1 and has admitted that she goes through high and low cycles, but doesn't believe the change in seasons is the cause).

Brendon typically wakes up with a great number, but lately it's been in the mid 200's, so this morning, because that is the only time his numbers are consistent from day to day, Jeff made a change in his early morning basal rate.

Lunch and dinner numbers vary in range from day to day, but if one isn't high, then the other will be.

All of these topsy turvy changes last for weeks. Now I'm just waiting for that point where, with all of our increases in basal and/or bolus's, he comes crashing down when his rhythms go back to where they were before the seasonal change.


  • That's really interesting... I swear the more I come to learn about this disease (since I'm still pretty new to it) the more I've come to realize that there is NO rhyme or reason to it. Just because the wind is blowing north can cause some people to get all out of whack...

    I suppose that my pancreas or islets or whatever haven't quite kicked the bucket because I haven't had such insane fluctuations that I couldn't attribute to pregnancy.

    Hope spring truly comes in like a lamb for Brendon - that has to be frustrating for everyone!

    -BSS (Brown Sugar Slick)

    By Blogger Erica, at 3/01/2006 9:20 AM  

  • Dear Brown Sugar Slick,

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Sandra Spreadum

    By Blogger Shannon, at 3/01/2006 9:46 AM  

  • Hi Shannon.....I am only writing with my R Hand so its one key at a time, since I am still wearing the cast on my L Hand. If a person looks deeply into anything, clues can always be found including the Brandon's Glucose rise. My feeling is that since he is still growing, his body is involved in a natural growth cycle throughout the year. It may be that when Spring is approaching as it is now, many Growth Hormones start to "kick-in" as it may now be doing causing an increase in Blood Sugar values as well.How is his Martial Arts coming along?

    By Blogger BetterCell, at 3/02/2006 11:29 PM  

  • That's actually a good theory because he just went through a growth spurt.

    He's on his way to yellow belt. If he practices and gets the moves right, he should be getting it this month.

    It must suck to have to do everything with one hand. I hope the time flies for you.

    By Blogger Shannon, at 3/06/2006 8:47 AM  

  • Shannon-
    Don't you just love the ups and downs of all of this? I am still working on not taking these crazy highs out of the blue personally. I hope for you a week of in range numbers and simple family life.


    By Blogger Vivian, at 3/06/2006 9:20 AM  

  • Hi Shannon....I do not know why the name NOVOL appears, when it should be BetterCell. Anyway.....just think, if I can do everything with one hand.....Wait till I am able to use Two Hands.

    By Blogger BetterCell, at 3/07/2006 12:18 AM  

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