Let's start off by letting you know that I'm currently sitting on my mother's couch!! :) Flights were a bit bumpy but being on an airplane by myself was really nice....first time that's happened in seven years. I totally felt like I was forgetting a TON of stuff...like the girls! :)
So, on my layover, I called Ubergeek to let him know I had made it 'halfway' and to see how things were going at home. He was a little on edge about a comment that had been made in response to my 'complaining' post.
He read it to me and I, too, was quite irritated.
Since this commenter chose to stay anonymous, I cannot email him/her directly to set him/her straight.
So, I'll be happy to do it so everyone can read it. The original comment will be in italics and my response will be in bold.
At one year post-dx, I am puzzled as to why Uber-geek has not been trained to treat a low blood sugar of 70, and, since he was already up, wait an extra 15 minutes to recheck his child's blood sugar.
Ubergeek has been fully trained on how to treat a low blood sugar of 70. He was with Bean (and me) at the hospital when she was diagnosed and for all of the training. He has taken off work for every NP and CDE appointment, being fully engaged and involved in the discussions.
He is not the one who does the night checks and on that particular night had been up very late working with a client so he wouldn't need to take time away from the girls while I am gone. While I was annoyed that he fell asleep, I wasn't surprised...he's one of those lucky people who can fall asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow.
Having only one parent do all the D care is unfair, and dangerous. Treating a 70, and checking to see how much IOB is left is routine and is not beyond the capabilities of anyone in our household; this includes siblings, grandparents, etc. and the child herself, since the age of 9 or 10, if she is awake.
Ubergeek is involved in Bean's D-care, just not on the level I am. He's more than capable...he's the one who is totally in charge while I'm out of the state this week, so obviously he knows what he's doing!
Treating a 70 is not beyond the capabilities of anyone in our household either....in fact Bug (who is not quite 3) knows that when Bean is low she needs a snack! Bean, who is not quite 7 1/2 is aware of her lows (and even wakes from them at times) and has been since about a month post dx.
Ubergeek's hesitation (if you could even call it that) was his way of processing through several options and wanting me to have a chance to wake up and process what I thought would be best. We use different snacks for different 'lows' and have been trying different combinations, so he wanted to make sure he was on the same wave length.
If a spouse is too exhausted, at some point he/she won't respond to the alarm when he/she needs to, sleep through it with possibly dangerous consequences.
On this night in particular, Ubergeek checked Bean a good 45mins before my alarm was set to go off. He very well could have kept her from going even lower before I checked her, thus preventing a possibly dangerous consequence!
I would take uber post haste back to the endos office and have him trained properly.
As stated before, Ubergeek has been to all appointments. Just because he is not the primary D-care giver does not mean he wasn't or isn't trained properly.
And uber should be more considerate of his spouse's need for a few hours uninterrupted sleep, which is probably about all she gets most nights.
While I agree that more uninterrupted sleep would be nice, I have the ability most days to grab a nap during Bug's nap. Ubergeek, however, doesn't have the luxury of napping at work and he also works with clients some evenings which has afforded me the ability to be a stay at home mom for the past seven years.
I think that about covers it.
Oh, wait...one more thing.....unless you take the time to really get to know my family, you have no right to criticize how we do D at our house. Even then you still don't have the right to criticize, but may offer some words of advice from your personal experience that we would take or leave as we saw fit.
Are we perfect....hell to the no.
Do we do our best every hour of every day....yes, yes we do.
Do we strive to do even better....um, duh, YES!
Everyone living life with D does it a bit differently. Respect and understanding is what we need....not criticism, especially from anonymous people.