Diabetic Seizures--Help!

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Becky25
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   Posted 8/15/2005 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, my name's Becky and I'm seventeen years old. My best friend has diabetes, and I am very protective of her. We grew up together and I care for her very much. On one occassion, I was having a slumber party with my friend, and the next morning I awoke to her having a seizure. I was so scared, I had no idea what to do. I just cried and cried, thinking she was dying. Everything ended up okay, when her mom came in and gave her glucose, but now I'm absolutely traumatized. Whenever she sleeps over my house, or I sleep over hers, I never sleep PERIOD. I just lay down in constant fear. Whenever she rolls over in bed I wake her up in tears, thinking she's having another seizure. I don't think she knows how traumatizing it was for me to witness her having that seizure a few years back, but she does seem to get annoyed when I wake up her up several times throughout the night. It's been four years since "the incident" and even last weekend, I was laying next to her for FOUR hours when I finally had to leave the room because I would start to cry whenever she would move in the slightest. Because she's my best friend, she is coming on a vacation to Arizona with my parents and a few other friends of mine. I really want my friend to come, and all the plans have been made, but I know that they will be great days, and sleepless nights for me. How can I get over this ongoing fear of mine?? Please Help me.

Cristina
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   Posted 8/15/2005 10:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Obviously your friend is on two shots a day (at least), and I believe she has type 1. As a friend and being so protective of her, I would ask her permission to allow testing her blood sugar level at night. This is what I do with my son. Most nights I do not get to sleep until the time when the insulin is wearing off so that it cannot cause a major drop in his blood sugar any more. You will probably slepp less, but better - for the time she is visiting you.

Becky25
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   Posted 8/16/2005 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
okay...that sounds like a good idea. she has a pump (just to let you know) but what is a safe number that I could KNOW she'd be okay at? Also, what about the lowest safe number? Thanks a lot
Becky

Cristina
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   Posted 8/16/2005 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Not below 100 when the medication effect is maximum (you have to ask her about that). In our case, the insulin maximum effect is by 2AM so if she is above 100 by that time it should be fine. Depends though how much and what kind of insulin she is taking... we are on humalog and NPH.

Becky25
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   Posted 8/16/2005 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks a lot for your advice...the only problem is, I know the warning signs, and it seems as if I am always seeing them! We normally stay up so late at sleepovers that she gets crabby and tired, indications that she could be having low blood sugar. When she's sleeping, she always moves around and tosses and turns, which reminds me so much of her seizures, so i always wake her up thinking she is having an attack. So even when she might not be showing symptoms, i always think she is.
I want this all to go away.
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