This is what came to mind when I thought about the DSMA Blog Carnival topic for this month. We’re writing about the types and frequency of diabetes related decisions we make in any given day. Do you sometimes feel like all you do is make diabetes related decisions during every waking moment? Because I sure do. And it often feels like those decisions are just like playing the slot machines . . . . I can follow my instincts, but it won’t always work.
First thing in the morning, I take my fasting blood sugar. And if I’m a little bit low, I have to decide if I should eat something right away. Or if I should skip my 1 unit coffee bolus and just wait for
Now it’s time for breakfast. Maybe I’ll have a healthy bowl of oatmeal. But oatmeal always spikes me, do I really want to deal with that today? I could have a Greek yogurt. That spiked me last week but yesterday I ate one and my blood sugar was fine. Should I push my luck and go for it a second time? Maybe I’ll just have some toast. Should I put some peanut butter on it for protein, or should skip the peanut butter in favor of keeping the carbs down?
Am I going to exercise today? Because if I am, I need to start making some decisions about that. Do I feel like going out for a run or walking on the treadmill? Both of those will make my blood sugar drop. Or do I feel like weight training? That might raise my blood sugar. Should I decrease my basal a bit before I workout? Or should I eat a snack instead? Maybe I should work out right after breakfast, and just under bolus for that toast. But then I might end up going too high.
And on and on it goes. Which finger should I test my blood sugar on? If I’m planning to knit today testing on my pointer fingers sometimes makes them sore when I hold the needles. Should I change out my pump site right now? I’ve still got quite a bit of insulin in my reservoir, so maybe I’ll wait until later in the day so it’s not so wasteful. But then there is a chance that my site will crap out and my sugar will spike. Oh, and my CGM sensor!! Do I change it out today, like the FDA recommends, or do I leave it in for another three days since it’s working well (and is damn expensive)? Do I cave in to my craving for a bowl of ice cream and possibly suffer the blood sugar consequences?
Life with diabetes is full of decisions. And they aren’t always black and white. Sometime the right decision turns out all wrong. Sometimes it’s all a gamble. You just use your best judgment, spin the wheels, and hope Lady Luck is on your side today.
This post is my October entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2011/october-dsma-blog-carnival.