"Sensors will alert patients when they're starting to trend down," Edwards said, referring to a person's blood sugar levels. "With hypoglycemia unawareness, they're not going to feel that drop.
"If they don't feel it and all of a sudden it's in the 30s, that could be dangerous. A person can lose consciousness."
Edwards said a sensor is one of the best ways to alert a patient with HGU of the situation -- and to wake the patient or someone who is with the patient. She added that the readings will give doctors the information they need to make adjustments to the equipment.
"In fact," she said, "recently there was a big that study showed that sensors helped people control their sugar, so insurance companies are starting to pay more 1/8for patients who need to use them."
"In many cases, people with Type I diabetes are candidates for IP (insulin pump) therapy because they're more sensitive to insulin than people with Type II, who can sometimes control their diabetes with diet and exercise."
Edwards sympathizes with Blosser's problems with HGU at night and said the data from the equipment should help her doctors make the adjustments needed to alleviate what's happening.
"The point is that you want enough warning time," said Ellen Cernich, a clinical manager with Medtronic, the company that makes Blosser's diabetes monitoring equipment. "For people who can't feel their 1/8sugar3/8 lows, we would want the settings higher 1/8so they can3/8 feel their buffer zones."
Cernich added that, besides conferring with doctors about adjustments to their monitors, patients who have trouble hearing the audio alarm should consider using both sound and the vibration device, which attaches to the body.
Blosser said she does. But she adds that her sensor likely needs that adjustment.
Everyone said that, for new monitor users, finding the right setting can take some time.
"I don't think people have a very good understanding of the situation unless it's happening in your own home," Blosser said.
Meanwhile, she has her guardian angels.
"I think my family is remarkable," Blosser said. "My husband does this all the time. But to have a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old do what they did, it's amazing."
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