Grace has an overnight BG check, courtesy of me. It's always at 2 AM.
She checks when she goes to bed at 8 PM (or at least when she heads upstairs), then I check again at 10 PM, then I basically let her ride (pending of course, HI or LO blood sugars) until 2 AM. Then I check her when I wake up at 5:30 AM, and when she wakes at 7 AM.
Lately, my internal clock has been waking, every single night, at 1:38 AM. And, can I tell you something, I don't get up and check her. I know, I am AWAKE at 1:38 AM and I don't get up to check her. I lay there and wait until 2 AM. That's some sick stuff there, a therapist's dream!
Why don't I?
Cause there are certain things I will not do when it comes to diabetes care. And they have nothing to do with standards of care, or what my CDE or Endo says. They are totally discriminatory and random. They are called superstitions and I do not mess with them. Ever.
Here are my D superstitions:
1. I check her at precisely 2 AM when all is going well. Not at 1:38 AM, not at 1:54 AM, not at 2:07 AM. Yep, right at 2 AM. Gary Scheiner, our CDE, gets a kick out of this apparently, because when he downloads our data from her OmniPod PDM, he says 'You really stick with that 2 AM, don't you?!' with a smirk on his face. Because literally, the blood sugar data is all one big glob of dots, precisely all at 2 AM. And think, I'm not even OCD!
2. I only change her lancet once a day, in the morning. (Comments suggesting I am a bad mother for only changing once a day will be deleted. I don't wanna hear it.) But, if she has a string of really in-range blood sugars, I won't change it. I think I am jinxing the D-goddesses. If she has a really bad string of out-of-range blood sugars, I change it more often. I am completely convinced that it's the lancet's fault.
3. I won't write in her log book when her next Pod change is. Nope. That jinxes it so that her Pod will alarm. I KNOW this, as it's happened and happened and happened. I learned my lesson. No predicting when I will change the Pod. Got it world, got the message. Change the Pod when the PDM alerts me to, whenever that may be.
4. I close my eyes when I check ketones. Because we all know that's the way you get the ketone meter to read 0.0. Don't you do this? What, you don't? I suggest you try it, cause when I close my eyes and wish really hard, most of the time we get 0.0. I do remember once at Grace's school when I kept my eyes wide open and even counted down with the ketone meter, and we got 0.3. See, I should have closed my eyes.
I know you have them, D Mamas, D Papas and my fellow readers with D.
What are YOUR superstitions when it comes to D care???