Well, when your kiddo is a type 1 diabetic, you are always planning, revising, hypothesizing, questioning, and/or concluding a science experiment. The only difference is that you have to start over three days later. The best way to help monitor the craziness is with a log.
Here is an example:
|Now I realize I could type this into a spreadsheet, but I gotta say handwriting it is so much easier.|
You record information about blood sugar levels, food eaten (carbs), and insulin injected. Then you highlight blood sugar numbers that are not in the acceptable range. Amy and I differ on our color choices. I do blue for high and pink for low blood sugars, and she does the opposite. There is no right or wrong way to do this--use green and yellow if you want. You just need to know what they mean.
From there you start looking for trends that happen over a couple days. If you notice the same issue (color) at the same time everyday, you need to make a change in the amount of insulin administered at meal times or the insulin given to keep blood sugars stable when not eating. A quick example ... see all those blue numbers at 2:00am (at the top of the chart)? Grayson is too high, so we need to adjust his insulin doses so he is in-range.
I don't want to get technical, but you get the picture. It's complicated...and inconsistent because your hypothesis of "If I make the lunch dose of insulin larger, then his blood sugar will go down by dinner," will need to be revised a few days later. The only consistent thing is the realization that no two days will be the same.
I think that is the greatest hurdle to
I wouldn't wish this type of action research on anyone, but I do wish that the awareness of the struggle was more widespread.