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Dr. Says I need to get some sleep!

Discussion in 'Parents Off Topic' started by HBMom, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. HBMom

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    I have been having continuous headaches since August. Been from Dr. to Dr, and finally found a "facial pain specialist" who diagnosed me with having "continuous migranes" or a migrane that gets better and worse, but never goes away. He has put me on a muscle relaxant at night but one effect of that is that I will be drowsy, and unable to get up to check my DS. Of course, the Dr. didn't understand at all why I have to get up at night - he said "if he is 14, can't he do it on his own?" UGH! Just last night he was 87 at 11 pm, gave him 10 carbs, then checked again at 3 and he was 77, so more carbs. If I hadn't fed him, I don't know how low he would've been at 6 am when I get up. Then, there are nights when his blood sugar is way to high - sometimes for no apparent reason and I have to correct him multiple times (hormones? site problems??).

    So, what to do?? My DH travels a lot and is rarely around - plus he never wakes up at night. I am going to make my DS put on his CGM - he doesn't really like it but I think he would prefer that to me complaining about my headaches every day.

    I am worried about lows, but I could just run him a bit higher than usual for a while. But then, if he goes too high, even if I correct him at 6 am, how will he eat breakfast and function at school?? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. Nancy in VA

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    I think maybe a sit down with your entire family is in order.

    When your husband IS around, he needs to take care of some of the night activities.

    Your son could also set and alarm and check. I wouldn't do that every night but he could share a little of the burden

    Can your 17-year-old help a little?

    You do need sleep because it could get worse and you find yourself unable to take care of him due to your own medical problems.
     
  3. lauraqofu

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    Hmm...maybe the doctor will come over in the middle of the night and do bg tests?:rolleyes:

    I have Fibro and a host of other medical conditions that go all wonky without proper sleep. Needless to say, the last six months have been hell. Some nights, I do let her run a bit higher, say in the 180-190 range. Not high enough to freak out over, but high enough that I know she isn't going to go low, and I don't have to a middle of the night check. I don't wake up well in the middle of the night, so I end up staying up until 2 am waiting to test her.

    I think you just have to balance it out...on days when blood sugars have been all over the place, then definitely you want to be up and checking. But when you have days where things are pretty much stable, then take a night or two and get some sleep for yourself...
     
  4. HBMom

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    I talked to my son about taking responsibility in the form of putting on the CGM, and trying to eat dinner at a reasonable time (which isn't always do-able, due to basketball practice). My older son is a stressed out Senior trying to get his homework done and apply to colleges (what happened to having an easy Senior year??) so he won't be of much help. When my DH is home, he will test DS before he goes to sleep. I am going to try the meds tonight - I am just so nervous about how long it will knock me out, and how strong it will be. I told my DS that he must set a LOUD alarm to get up in the morning in case I am still groggy.

    I know that I hover too much, and I just need to let the kids take responsibility - if they are late to school, it is their problem, etc. Maybe this will MAKE me give up some of the control.
     
  5. KatieJane'smom

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    Before my dd got her alert dog we were up doing night checks every night and I started having a ton of health problems - the least being fybromyalgia.

    My doc sent me to do a sleep study because he assumed I had sleep apnea. Wrong! I do not have sleep apnea. What they discovered is that I was never going into REM sleep - ever.

    I absolutely could not make the sleep doctor understand that I had to get up and check bg's a couple of times, or sometimes more, during the night. He kept thinking I was just waking up during the night and needed to take a pill or figure out what was waking me up. Ummm....the alarm I set at certain times to check bg is what was waking me up. He just couldn't seem to wrap his head around that. That I was getting up on purpose so it wasn't exactly any kind of sleep disorder that he could fix. It was, however, greatly affecting my health. Yes, my husband would take turns with me and we were both very sleep deprived. Now that he's only working 2 days per week and we have 2 D girls in our home he does most of the night checks. That, plus the fact that we don't have to get up every night anymore really helps.
     
  6. TheFormerLantusFiend

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    You can have your son set his alarm to wake up and check himself four times a week. Or you can let him run high at night (treat night time lows with more carbs), or wear the CGMS. Or at the very least, have him stay up to 11 PM.

    His sleep is not more valuable than yours.
     
  7. HBMom

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    Thanks for the input, everyone. The meds didn't knock me out as much as I thought, although I am supposed to increase the dose in a couple of days. My DH tested him at midnight (110) then I tested him at 6 am and he was 125. This is after him having an early dinner of bean and cheese burritos, and a large late snack after basketball practice. Maybe the bball practice helped with the usual burrito spike? Wish it was that easy every night - then I would definitely be able to get some sleep!!
     
  8. Gaia

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    Isnt fibro fun?? Yea I have it too and to say that it disrupts life in one form or another 24/7 is an understatement. What muscle relaxer are you on? I was going to suggest taking 1/2 a dose the nights you need to get up. When I get samples of Skelaxin from the dr -rarely- ($361 a month!) sometimes I break it in half so Im not so sleepy. Just a thought :cwds:
     
  9. VinceysMom

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    I had no idea that "continuous migraine" is a condition... I am sure then that this is what I have. I eat my imitrex like candy, every day i have a headache, they go away, they come back. Ugh. I feel your pain. Sleep. It's been 9 months since I have slept soundly all night thru.. I hope things improve for you, think I will look into some of those pain meds besides my imitrex!

    Take good care,
    Kathy
     
  10. HBMom

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    It took month and a visit to a "facial Pain Specialist" to get the diagnosis. He explained that there is something in the brain that just doesn't turn off the migranes, and they just get better or worse, depending on different things (which are probably different for each person). He also gave me some exercises to relax my face (I am clenching my jaw a lot) and I am going back for some more exercises this week. I think that the more you try to relax the muscles, the better chance you have to end the migranes. I am also thinking about pulling out the Yoga dvd's that have been sitting in my closet to see if that helps. The meds I have been taking are actually muscle relaxers so that goes towards the same goal, although they haven't made me sleepy at all yet - we will see. Hope this might give you some ideas to try - I will keep you posted!! At least I know there is someone else out there with the same thing!

    You take care too!
     

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