My 9-year-old son was diagnosed T1D 12 January after entering an emergency ward DKA. We could still be within the so-called honeymoon period. Some weeks ago we had a Freestyle Libre flash sensor gifted from a new friend, but on Thursday started with the Dexcom G6. I’m very happy, so far, with its accuracy.
At any rate, I’ve not seen something like this before, and wondered what those with more experience would think of what apparently happened last night.
To explain, my son was sleeping throughout. Coincidentally, I woke around 3am, a few minutes after this happened. A couple of minutes later, I saw my son’s levels on my iPad and woke him to give him some juice. Around 20 minutes later he dipped again (you can see the second dip to the right of the chart) and I gave him flavored milk.
There were no more events, but as I reviewed at the readings, I was surprised to see what had happened:
- The very sharp downturn. Nightscout reports the low reading as 39 BG, with the nearest earlier reading being 56 and -6 mg/dl.
- The very sharp upturn within the 5 minutes to the next Dexcom reading, rising at a rate of +47 mg/dl, to reach 87.
I was still asleep, and my son also, when this happened.
So, am I correct to imagine that his pancreas released glucagon, inducing the liver to release glucose into his blood?
If so, will this residual capacity deplete in the months ahead?
I’d be happy, also, to hear any other reflections others may have. Sleep is the thing that terrifies me the most.