Monday, December 19, 2011
Saturday was the night of our annual Christmas party with a group of close friends. I knew there would be lots of food - Barb was hosting this year and she always goes all out. I also knew there would be lots of yummy drink options, with alcohol. I knew this party might make it tough to keep my blood sugar under control.
Saturday afternoon my CGM sensor conked out. I had hoped to make it last until Sunday, but it didn’t work out that way. I decided to go to the party without it. I’d be flying blind, but part of me just wanted to relax and have fun without hearing my high alarm passing judgment on what I was consuming. I just wanted to enjoy the company of my friends. I just wanted to eat, drink and be merry!
When I left the house, my blood sugar was in the 80s. I bolused for everything I ate and drank. I cranked up a higher temp basal to cover the merriment. I made sure I didn’t pile my plate too high - even though the home-made potato skins sure were tempting. We talked, we laughed, we played some Christmas party games that were hysterical (like the Reindeer Antler Game). I didn’t worry about my blood sugar once. And when I came home and tested, I was in the high 70s. It was almost a Christmas miracle!!
I have no idea what my blood sugar did during the party. It might very well have spiked into the high 200s and then came back down by the time I got home. With diabetes, what you don’t know CAN hurt you and I’d never advise someone to go out and ignore their blood sugar. But I did, just this once. And it was okay. And when you are feeling completely worn out by diabetes, sometimes one night off is just what you need. I sure did!