Fate is an ironic bastard…

Fate is an ironic bastard…

Fate is an ironic bastard at times.

It took a while for us to notice the signs of twin girl’s diabetes, we put the excessive bed wetting down to the stress of moving house and we just simply failed to see the weight drop off her and her skin pale to whiteness.  We failed to see the seriousness in the symptoms.

Now I am opposite, I am vigilant mum, ready to see health scares in every sneeze and desperate to wrap the kids in cotton wool.  It is a superhero costume that doesn’t fit comfortably on my skin but I wear my costume every day.

Vigilant mum is armed with Calpol, has the doctor on speed dial and knows the quickest way to A&E in varying traffic times.  Vigilant mum rises every morning at 2am to check twin girl’s blood sugars to make sure that she is within normal range.

Vigilant mum is a bit overbearing.

However she is fuelled by fear and worry that some other crap disorder will find its way into her home.

This week I got the chance to allow my alter ego to come out and play.  BB woke up on Friday morning burning hot and looking miserable, we called the GP so check her over and explained that Hip Dysplasia, epilepsy and diabetes had left us cautious.  We were told she had a viral infection; I repeated my fear of diabetes and was told there was no harm in checking her blood sugars at home.

Any type one parent will tell you they routinely check their other children, type one diabetes is hereditary so it is more than possible that the iron may strike twice.

That evening we checked BB and the machine bleeped angrily at me: 2.3.

Vigilant mum literally pooped her pants.

I will remind you, a non diabetic person has a blood sugar range of between 4 and 8, anything under 4 for a person with diabetes in considered ‘hypo’ and needs treating with fast acting sugar.  Twin girl’s worse hypo to date is 2.9…

On the bed in front of me was a toddler looking pale and sweaty, tired and ill and having a hypo.

My eldest daughter is a type one diabetic and it would seem my youngest girl has hypoglycaemia – one has no insulin and the other too much.

As I said, fate is an ironic bastard.


  1. January 28, 2013 / 10:07 pm

    nooo poor my sweetheart. Is this a one off or something more? Hasn’t she been through enough.

  2. Suzanne
    January 28, 2013 / 10:17 pm

    Oh no! Just cruel. Are you sending her to get tests done or could this just be a blip in the machine? So sorry to hear this 🙁 No wonder you ‘pooped your pants’.

  3. Sara
    January 28, 2013 / 10:20 pm

    Seriously I have given up trying to work out this crazy life. Simply a case of one day at a time or in fact on Somedays one hour/ minute at a time.

  4. Susie
    January 28, 2013 / 10:26 pm

    Oh that is so awful. Poor little Libbs and poor you as the parent suffers too. Sounds like Libbs is a great little fighter (a very pretty one too)! x x

  5. January 28, 2013 / 10:47 pm

    I have no words. I will however, be having firm words with the big guy up on Mount Olympus: sometimes there is too much fate.

  6. January 28, 2013 / 10:47 pm

    oh ffs as if you needed anything else to go wrong.

    We are at the doctors tomorrow getting Alison tested for diabetes 🙁 fingers crossed it is negative.
    I don’t think I could cope with cancer and diabetes.

  7. January 29, 2013 / 12:25 am

    Don’t panic yet! Was it just the illness? Those viruses can really mess with the system, as does an empty tummy of a poorly child.

  8. January 29, 2013 / 12:46 am

    I am really slow on the uptake. They both have it?
    I am so sorry.
    Stay strong.
    Liska xx

  9. January 29, 2013 / 1:45 am

    Oh Jane I’m sorry honey. Why can’t things just be ok for a while. But you will cope once again you actually are Superwoman. Love you honey xxx

  10. January 29, 2013 / 5:50 am

    So sorry to hear.

  11. January 29, 2013 / 6:40 am

    I’m so, so sorry.
    I would even go as far as to say fate is a vicious bastard.

  12. January 29, 2013 / 8:12 am

    Oh bugger. That kid needs a break. You know where I am if you need me honey. x

  13. January 29, 2013 / 8:12 am

    Good grief as if you haven’t been through enough already. So sorry. I do hope it’s down to BB being poorly and nothing more. Sending hugs. And wine 🙂

  14. Helloitsgemma
    January 29, 2013 / 8:17 am


  15. January 29, 2013 / 9:30 am

    It’s hard to believe what you have all had to endure. ‘Sorry’ is inadequate, but boy, I am so very very sorry…

  16. January 29, 2013 / 10:42 am

    Oh no, I really can’t believe all that you have been through recently. Huge hugs x

  17. January 29, 2013 / 11:26 am

    Oh Jane I don’t know what to say. I hope it is down to her feeling unwell and it passes by soon.

  18. Lydia
    January 29, 2013 / 11:34 am

    Oh Jane, so sorry about that. However it is -one- reading, and she is under the weather. Do be vigilant, but here’s hoping that once she comes out of the virus her blood sugar pings back to normal… xx

  19. January 29, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    I’d say Good God, but clearly he’s not. That’s awful and so worrying……hopefully it’s only the virus? Thank heavens for her vigilant mum 🙂

    ((xx)) Jazzy

  20. January 29, 2013 / 2:37 pm

    So sorry you and your family are dealing with such tough medical issues. Hoping she starts feeling better. Hang in there!!

  21. January 29, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    Oh no – you’re kidding? I know you’re not. Haven’t you and your children and your family been through enough already. God, I hope you win the lottery this year! X.

  22. January 29, 2013 / 8:49 pm

    We often test our other daughters’ blood too. Usually when they are asleep to avoid any stress, so far we have been lucky. I hope this odd low number is related to the virus and not diabetes. You’ll be an expert and familiar with what to do this time around.

  23. January 29, 2013 / 10:47 pm

    Wow, that’s really tough! I don’t really know what to say: hope you’re all otherwise OK x

  24. January 31, 2013 / 4:21 pm

    Oh my gosh, I am so sorry you are going through this. You do not deserve this, you have been through so much already. I think you are very brave and doing an incredible job with the kids.
    Sending lots of love

    • northernmum
      February 4, 2013 / 10:21 pm


  25. Mummeee
    January 31, 2013 / 9:02 pm

    Looks like bad times.. Good luck and your children are beautiful. X

    • northernmum
      February 4, 2013 / 10:19 pm

      Thanks x

  26. February 1, 2013 / 12:13 am

    Holly sh*t, I can’t believe I am reading this. I do hope it is all viral related and not permanent? I fear you are in the better position to know. Life is being cruel to you all right now and I hope something good comes out of it all for you.

    • northernmum
      February 4, 2013 / 10:18 pm

      Hopefully viral – time will tellx

  27. February 7, 2013 / 12:10 pm

    Oh no, I’m so sorry – I hope its a one off and she’s back to normal soon xx

    • northernmum
      February 8, 2013 / 9:32 pm

      all crossed! x

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