Type 1 diabetes is a tricky beast.
You can be going along with normal blood sugar numbers, but then get sick with a fever. Suddenly and without much warning, those numbers skyrocket so far out of the stratosphere where you can’t even read them anymore. Literally. He was so high on Saturday that his blood glucose meter only said HI.
HI is not a friendly greeting.
HI is what happens when you max out the meter. He was high, very very high. Over 600.
It had to be the fever that did it. He’s had little colds previously without such a huge elevation. I’ve never seen him this high before, since he’s been diagnosed anyway. After an extra dose of insulin didn’t seem to bring him down, I called the on-call doctor. I was afraid he’d have to go back to the hospital. I was just afraid.
The doctor said to test again in a few hours. If it still says HI, call back.
When I tested again, he was still high. But there was a number on the meter. He was in the 300’s, and in that moment I was relieved. Because at least there was a number. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get him below 300 all day Sunday, so that’s what we’re working on today.