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WHEN do you stop testing in the middle of the night???

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by Pauji5, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. Pauji5

    Pauji5 Approved members

    Mar 16, 2008
    It's 2 am and I routinely get up to test Kendall quickly and most of the time she's fine. BUT, just when I think, "OK, I don't need to be doing this......" She's 56. Retested to make sure, and she's 50. Now, I wait. How to people decide not to check? I don't think I'd sleep - I'd keep wondering how low she was.. sigh.
  2. lynn

    lynn Approved members

    Sep 2, 2006
    I'm sitting here with a 378. Two nights ago we were also in the 50's.

    I feel your pain!!!
  3. Beach bum

    Beach bum Approved members

    Nov 17, 2005
    Never. You may have a stretch where you don't need to check, but then poof, a crazy number will come up and it's 2am and you're watching infomercials!

    Last night, Abby was 195 when I went to bed. Nice. So, I decided not to check, and she wakes up at 317! So, it looks like for the next few nights we'll be doing some checking to see what's up.
  4. Snowbound

    Snowbound New Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    When we were on injections we never tested in the night (after the first couple of months) unless he was sick.

    Now we use a CGM with the pump so we only check when the alarm goes off, which is the "weak signal" error 99% of the time. The sensor's on his arm, when he sleeps on that arm and the pump gets pushed around to the other side it sometimes gets the error.
  5. joan

    joan Approved members

    Aug 31, 2009
    I always check my son before I go to bed around 11:30. I will decide not to test later if things have been relatively stable the last few nights, my son did not have a lot of exercise that day, and ate a good well balanced dinner with some fats. My son really goes down at night with exercise so those nights I usually get up.
  6. hypercarmona

    hypercarmona Approved members

    Jun 18, 2007
    I check whenever I wake up spontaneously in the middle of the night, which usually means 3 or 4 nights out of 7. I probably don't have to check every time I wake up like that, because the lowest I've caught recently has been 80, but old habits die hard. I don't know that I woke up "just because" or because I'm low, and the only way to tell is to test.
  7. Toni

    Toni Banned

    Sep 14, 2009
    For us, it will be when she leaves home. I am hoping the cgms technology becomes almost foolproof or some other advance will occur before she is 18. I don't want her having to get up in the middle of the night herself for the rest of her adult life.
  8. zell828

    zell828 Approved members

    Feb 20, 2008
    I will never stop checking. My SD is super sensitive to foods at night and I just can't trust that she would be sitting at a good number without me checking. I usually check a couple times a night even (every 3-4 hours). I have had highs and lows both. I don't feel her Diabetes goes away at night so I shouldn't stop being on top of things. JMO
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2009
  9. mishcoto

    mishcoto Approved members

    Aug 3, 2008
    When his numbers start being 'not good' we start checking in the night. When he was on the pen we rarely had to check. Sometimes if one of us gets up, we'll just go check, if he's been sick-we check, etc. It will probably be on & off checking in the night forever. Just a way of life now.
  10. mcleodja

    mcleodja Approved members

    Jan 25, 2009
    either when there is a cure or megan moves out on her own, whatever comes first, until then 02:00 every night
  11. KitKat

    KitKat Approved members

    Dec 5, 2007
    We are going on our 5th year with D and I am up every two hours. Crazy yes, but my body is in the routine and my mind needs the reassurance.:eek:
  12. selketine

    selketine Approved members

    Jan 4, 2006
    Never - heh.;)

    With the CGMS we now only get up and check when it beeps and sometimes that is a lot and sometimes not at all. At least there is some "peace of mind" that any issues will be caught.
  13. dqmomof3

    dqmomof3 Approved members

    Dec 29, 2007
    I don't think I'll ever stop checking in the middle of the night...I don't check when she has on the CGMS, usually, but any night she's without it, I check.
  14. hawkeyegirl

    hawkeyegirl Approved members

    Nov 15, 2007
    Ditto here. We probably check twice a night if he's not wearing the CGM, which is rare.
  15. CButler

    CButler Approved members

    Dec 1, 2007
    My dd doesn't wake up for lows.
    Exercise during the day causes uncertainty during the night.
    Growth spurts
    pancreas still deciding to help out every now and then
    Fat spikes....

    I wonder if she will ever have any stable nights???

    So...I check 3 hrs. after last Novolog(around 11PM),2AM and around 6 when my husband or I get up.
  16. BrendaK

    BrendaK Neonatal Diabetes Registry

    Oct 29, 2005
    The only way after 8 years that we've stopped checking is because we have the Navigator. And even with the Navigator we have to do something 3 or 4 out of 7 nights. Carson's been running very high at night lately, and last night he sat at 80 all night.

    I have heard from several sources that things don't start to really level out until after puberty. Those growth hormones are nuts.
  17. wilf

    wilf Approved members

    Aug 27, 2007
    I'll stop testing in the night when DD moves out on her own, not before. :)

    Many nights all we see is that everything is fine, but there's been lots of nights where we caught a rapid drop in BG that could have turned into a bad low and were able to nip it in the bud.. :cwds:
  18. Mom264

    Mom264 Approved members

    Mar 17, 2009
    Still checking after seven years. Less now, with the CGMS, but my daughter doesn't feel her lows, so I have no plans to stop middle of the night checking.
  19. Caydens_Mommy

    Caydens_Mommy Approved members

    Mar 24, 2008
    I think this is one of those, it is your decision type of things.. We don't typically check in the middle of the night.. I usually check him before I go to bed around 10:30 and DH usually checks before he goes to bed around 12/1.. If his numbers are crazy then or have been a off most of the day, we will check in the middle of the night, also if it is site change night.. But since getting the CGMS, that's even come down some..
  20. aidensmom

    aidensmom Approved members

    May 15, 2008
    We check DS every night at 3 AM and we have been since dx a year and a half ago. DH and I take turns, so that helps, but it still stinks. Endo always tells us that we don't need to, but I just know the one night we skip will be the night that he's low. At this point I think we'll be doing this until he moves out :eek:

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