Back to Parents' Voices Judy Stone

Hi everyone! Just wanted to share my latest experience with all the parents who live with diabetes day to day and cope with all those stresses! I think this is one for the books.

Suzanne, my thirteen year old daughter, has had diabetes for 6 1/2 years and we've had our share of ups and downs, but for the most part, things are going well. We also cope with the odd incidence of sleepwalking. Two months ago, we found Suzanne could not wake up at her usual 7:00 am, and discovered that she was in the midst of a very serious reaction. We treated the reaction, but were mystified as to why she had gone so terribly low in the night, when she hadn't been active, and had been fine just before bed. We found the answer to our question when we went downstairs to the livingroom. There on the coffeetable was her glucometer, a syringe, and her bottles of insulin. I quickly checked her glucometer, and there was a reading for 1:30 am that morning (5.9 mm/l [106 mg/dl, Ed.]). We realized at that point that she had injected herself with insulin while sleepwalking (we had no way of knowing how much insulin). Of course, Suzanne remembered nothing of this.

Suzanne recovered within 30 minutes, but it brought to light a very important point: we can no longer assume that her sleepwalking is harmless. Now, each night before bed, we hide her insulin supplies so that she is unable to have access to them. This should prevent another occurrance. I would urge all parents who have "sleepwalkers" to do the same!

Judy Stone

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