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Thread: Have your kids ever got the 'you check too much' at the endo office speech?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Default Have your kids ever got the 'you check too much' at the endo office speech?

    Saw a different doc today. He said they were checking too much.
    mine were doing 8-12 a day.
    I must say no other NP or doc has mentioned this before at this office.

    How many times a day does your kids check?
    DS1, 20 yr old, diag 3/2000 at 3 yrs old, pumping 2001,Minimed 508 2001,Cozmo 2004 & 2008, Animas Ping 5/09,Novolog ,Apidra(1/11),Back to Novolog 6/11, Navigator 8/08-5/09, Dexcom 5/09, Dexcom G4 12/12, G5 2015
    DS2 , 17 yr old, diag 9/2000 at 10 mths old, pumping 2001,Minimed 508 2001,Cozmo 2004 & 2008, Animas Ping 5/09, Revel 12/10, Back to Animas Ping 12/10, Novolog ,Navigator 9/08-5/09,Dexcom 5/09,Navigator 11/09,Guardian 9/10 Enlites 11/13,MM 730g 12/13 Dex 8/15, G5 2015

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    We probably do 8 - 6 as a minimum.. The Dr is good with that.. sometimes the DE makes us feel as though its too many.
    Jane Mum of Rachel, 14, dx'd @11 months and Anna, 19, dx'd @ 17 .

    Keep Calm and Treat the Number

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Boston area


    We do 8-12 and have never heard that we check too much. What if you had a CGM? Than you'd have constant numbers. My dd refuses to wear one but I figure if I check a lot (often rechecking numbers after 15 minutes to see which way they are going) then maybe I can sort of mimic the effects.
    homeschooling mom to 4, incl Maris, age 13, dx 10/03 at age 19 months
    former Cozmo user, now on MDI of levemir and novolog
    Dexcom G4 user since 12/13
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    We did have our doctor talk to DD about testing too much. She was testing 18-22 times a day, mostly at school, and we simply couldn't get enough strips. Plus, and this is the biggest issue, she truly wasn't getting any useful or meaningful info from her testing. She would test 3 or 4 times in a half hour and be in the 100-150 range every single time. She just liked knowing her number. The doctor really helped her understand testing times and understand good times to test, plus understand the times that testing would give highs and lows (testing 3 times right after lunch, testing lows every 5 minutes) and it made a huge difference. We requested that talk, though. Our family doc and insurance nurses always comment that she only needs to test 4 times a day, but their comments really don't matter.

    Also, pre-Dexcom we tested more. Now, with the Dex, they usually test 3-4 times a day.
    Stacy - Mom to
    DD (13, diagnosed at 2) MDI and Dexcom
    MDI 2006-2009, Medtronic pump 2009-2011, MDI 2011-2013, OmniPod 2013, T:Slim 2013-2015, MDI 2015-2016, T:Slim 2016-2017, MDI 2017
    Other AI issues: Diagnosed with Graves' disease and juvenile idiopathic arthritis in 2014 and cholinergic urticaria in 2016. RAI treatment in 2017 for Graves'.
    DS (15, diagnosed at 10) OmniPod and Dexcom

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    My daughter's prescription is written for 8-12 times per day, and that's with CGM. I asked once if we were doing too much testing with having the CGM, and I was told that what we were doing was working and not to change a thing. I'd be concerned about a dr. saying that, quite honestly. Is it pressure from the insurance rather than concern for your child's health?
    8/2010 - 9/2011 MDI, Lantus & Humalog
    9/2011- Medtronic Revel 723 & CGM
    11/2012 - Dexcom G4
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    South Carolina

    Default No speech for us

    We probably checked on an average 8 times per day.
    BUT - now that we have the Dexcom, we don't test near as much. Probably down to 4 times a time - sometimes a little more depending on the numbers.

    This really saves strips and cuts down on the fingersticks.

    I don't think 8 - 10 times a day is that much.

    If you want more frequent numbers - maybe you can look into a Dexcom? It really has helped peace of mind so we don't have to check so much.

    Mom to Parker (7) d/x 11/09 at age 2; Pumping with T-Slim 08/2014; DexG4 (2/2013)

    Mom to Marley (12) non-d

    Wife to Dan (45) d/x 1978 pumping with Medtronic (trying New Enlites 12/14)

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    At one point many years ago pre-CGM my endo tried to figure out if I was testing too much by looking at my numbers to see if there was any time of day that I was testing but was never hypo. Since there was no such time, he concluded that even though it looked like a lot of testing, he couldn't really say it was too much.
    dx age 17, now 25
    on Lantus for 7 years; on minimed 530 G since 12/7/13

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    No, but there's no real way for our endo to know how much we check. He just downloads the CGM.
    Mom to J., age 13
    Dx 2007 @ age 3
    Medtronic pump and CGM (4/2008-6/2013)
    Tandem t:slim and Dexcom G5 CGM (current)

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Glen Ellyn, IL


    No, but the number of tests really varies depending upon the kind of day she's having. In low key, nothing special day that happens to have no lows and/or just mild highs, she tests every time she eats and with her lantus dose - so that would be probably be 5 times.

    But, with summer and its busy, busy days, I've been testing a lot more often at 2:00 a.m. - so that's 6.

    But add in one "feeling low" and you get at least two more tests.

    Add a trip to the pool or some sports practice or other "I'm off to go exert lots of energy" event and you get at least one more test because she makes sure she's got some sugar to burn before she heads out. And during the school year, she tests after gym and before she heads home, so those are two random tests a day during the school year.

    So I would say average is more than 6, but unless it's a "low" day, 10 would be on the high end.
    DD diagnosed March, 2013 at age 10, now 14 years old
    T:slim (Humalog until 12/31/14, now Novolog) as of August, 2013
    Dexcom G5

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    We've had the comment "you've definitely been checking a lot" comment, but it wasn't meant to be negative. Our endo/nurse take into consideration the activities she does and type of day she was having. Recently, my daughter was at camp and the nurse asked do you want an overnight check? I said yes, normally we do 10-11 and 2-3. She said OK, no problem. The doctor, who happened to be in our practice, said "really?" "You want to check her at night, every night?" My response was YEP! Especially since she is here at camp and isn't it the clinics protocol to encourage testing, especially when activity level is high? LOL, she looked at me, shrugged and walked away!

    Pre-CGM we were checking anywhere between 8-12 times a day. Now she's down to about 6 (on a good day).

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