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Solo Sleepover: The Rest of the Story.

Mr. Rose dropped her off.

Her BG was in the low 200’s.

About an hour later, this picture showed up…

At this point, she called…I confirmed the drink was a regular strawberry lemonade,
and she told me she had already started eating her chips and watermelon.
I gave her some instructions, and told her I’d text them to her in case she forgot.
Oh, and “ILY” is our code for “I LOVE YOU.”
About 2 hours later…
Followed by about half an hour after that…
And ANOTHER half-hour or so after that…
Sigh.
She called.
It was 350-something.
She corrected.
Then…an hour later…
(It was after midnight at this point.)
At 3 am, she was 60.
At 3:15, she was 110.
She didn’t answer her phone or respond to my texts all morning.
Then she called about 45 minutes before coming home to say she was *585*.
After washing her hands, it turns out she was 435.
She corrected, and the party was over.
After going through her meter, we discovered that she hadn’t bolused for the cupcake the night before….hence the 417.
And she didn’t bolus for her pancakes the next morning either. (Cue 435.)
So there it is in a nutshell.
Her very first solo sleepover.
We gave her a phone for her 9th birthday a few weeks ago.
It’s intended purpose is to be used as a tool to help bridge the gap to independence.
Looks like we have some work to do in that area.
And the bolusing area.
And the sassy-talk-back area.
In the end, we did it.
It wasn’t pretty.
But we did it.
Category: diabetes
  • Scully says:

    Gotta start somewhere right?
    it’ll happen… it’ll get worked out. 🙂

    August 6, 2012 at 11:15 am
    • Wendy Rose says:

      Yeah….somewhere. That’s a good place to start. Gulp. I’m thankful for the technology, but equally frustrated when it gets ignored!!!!

      August 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm
  • Lora says:

    We make Justin call us… With his number that I usually still have to wait for him to get. The texting thing has been rocky for us too.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:18 am
    • Wendy Rose says:

      Rocky…exactly. Arizona, no grass, dusty…R O C K Y!!!!!!

      August 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm
  • katy says:

    I loved reading this. Every bit of real D conversation from a smart parent is such a huge help.

    August 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    • Wendy Rose says:

      Not feeling like a smart parent after that fiasco……and I was wanting to throw the smart phone through the window!!!!!!!!!!!!

      August 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm
  • Nikki of Our Diabetic Warrior says:

    Kudos for trying! She’ll remember her 1st sleepover for a long, long time (with a huge smile on her face).

    August 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm
    • Wendy Rose says:

      I hope so. I hope she remembers the fun, the smiles, the laughter and not her mother pestering her about blood sugars!!!! Okay, that’s a lie. I hope she remembers every detail of this experience, so it never happens again!!!!!

      August 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm
  • Kelly says:

    Maddison got her cell phone around that age as well, exactly for the same purpose of D management, while Hannah was NOT happy because we made her wait until she was 11! If you have D you GOTTA have a cell phone we explained 🙂 How the heck did parents manage D without cellphones back in the day?? Now, if we could just get them to “understand” WHY they just need to do what they gotta do while they are on their own…..*sigh* Its so hard!!

    August 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm
    • Wendy Rose says:

      I have no idea how parents maintained sanity without today’s technology. Actually, I have no idea how I’m going to maintain it if this keeps up!!!!!!!

      August 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm
  • Allison Blass says:

    Awww. My first sleepover was rough. My friend didn’t have diet soda so I drank regular (this was back on NPH and Regular!). Things did not end well. When I was younger, I was so shy and it was hard to stand up for myself with diabetes because I didn’t want to inconvenience anyone. She’ll eventually get the hang of it.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm
    • Wendy Rose says:

      Sleepover today — college tomorrow. Baby steps!!!!!!!!!! I’m quite sure she feels the same way you did. It’ll take some time and experience, but here’s to hoping she finds the voice of empowerment!

      August 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm
  • Stephanie says:

    Wendy, I love this post. I love that you shared it all…the good, the bad…and the not so lovely numbers. 🙂 She’ll get there! (((hugs)))

    August 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm
    • Wendy Rose says:

      Oh, it was U G L Y!!! From what I hear, the fun is just beginning…oh joy!

      August 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm
  • Amanda says:

    I had to laugh at the backtalk, not something my Kortnie would do, but the other girl, my oldest 9 year old, almost 10, she would be the one to sass me like that. I can just see her sharing her texts with her friends and rolling her eyes and typing in “N O spells NO” and giggling with her friends. And then my head exploding when I recieved the text. Hahahahah! I can totally see it. Glad you were brave and sent her out into the world.

    Who did the night checks? Sugar or the sleepover mom? Just curious for when I venture out into the world of sleepovers…

    Also, I don’t know how to do screen shots on my android phone either!

    August 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm
    • Wendy Rose says:

      Oh yes. The sass. “Head exploding” That pretty much describes my state of being at the time. I also imagined the giggling and eye rolling……..and it made the “cranium blast” significantly worse.

      Jay went over at the 417 to change her site and insulin. At that time, he set the alarms on her phone, but the sleepover-mom still got up with her (I was VERY grateful!!!) They called at 3 am, and I stayed on the phone while she treated. Our call was disconnected somehow, and she called back a few minutes later to report the 110. I really thought that, after the rough night, she wouldn’t be bold enough to ignore me the next morning.

      Apparently, I was wrong!!!!

      My original plan was that she would bolus and respond to my texts, so we’d know before midnight if there was a problem. I was hoping to let her glide from midnight to morning….not so much.

      August 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm
  • Sara says:

    Even though I knew how the story was going to end already, seeing the screenshots of Sugar’s replies makes me laugh all over again. It takes a certain level of sassypants to misspell spel 🙂

    August 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm
    • Wendy Rose says:

      YUP! A certain level indeed!!!!!!!!

      She’ll have to bring it down a notch or her mama’s sass could get U G L Y!

      August 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm
  • em180 says:

    RELATE!!! LOL, I always think plans will work out great because of that dang phone. Nothing can cause me to freak OUT like an answered text asking about numbers. Cam thinks I’m such an over-reactor! I was dying laughing at how familiar it all looked. Starts sweet, then it repeats a few times, then it goes to ALL CAPS and using their name… haha! We’ve been at the phone+diabetes combo for three years now and it’s only improved slightly.

    August 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm
  • Laura says:

    don’t know if this will make you feel better or worse…I just texted my 15yr old this weekend “BG NOW or picking u up!”. (dx 22 months)

    August 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm
  • Lorraine of "This is Caleb..." says:

    “We did it” – bravo!

    August 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm
  • Alexis Nicole says:

    You’re awesome she’s awesome, sass and all!!

    Go mama and Sugar!!

    August 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm
  • Katy says:

    Wow. I’m not going to refuse to test and text it to my mom again… Not fun for the moms. But congrats, you did it 🙂

    August 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm
  • Scott E says:

    I’m reading these messages and putting myself in the place of your daughter, because — yeah, I’ve done that. I’ve lied about my blood sugars, lied about testing, eaten the “forbidden” stuff… (after one particular lie, my father pulled out the lancer-device and asked me AGAIN if I had tested). There was no electronic memory/history at the time to verify what I had said. And, true, we didn’t have insulin pumps or text messaging back then… Or rapid-acting insulin, just Regular and NPH.

    I’m not proud of it, and as a kid I would *never* admit to my parents that I was wrong, but I did learn something from it. And I’m still here now, and doing just fine. I think Sugar will follow in the same way.

    As for Android screenshots, I think you’re out of luck. Sorry.

    August 7, 2012 at 1:44 am
  • LuvMyElyssa says:

    I love reading posts like this. It lets me have an insight to what I’m in for. My almost 4yr old can get quite sassy when she has high BGs or even during good BGs. I can only imagine her 1st sleepover probably going the same way. I’m glad you guys made it through the night and let her stay. It shows me that we will be able to overcome that situation as well. Thanks for sharing! =)

    August 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm
  • Penny says:

    Yeah, not pretty, but you both did it!

    August 8, 2012 at 2:02 am
  • Kristin says:

    Kudos to you for letting her go and for posting! Hate to say it, but the back and forth made me grin – while thinking that I will also likely be in for the smae when our almost 4 year old gets to that point. He’s a handful already. Awesome post!

    August 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm

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