Sometimes I think the most frustrating thing about diabetes is the complete and utter nonsense it throws. That’s also probably the thing that the general public just doesn’t understand. Need an example? No problem.
Last week we rang in the New Year at a casino. First we had dinner at a nearby restaurant. I ordered a Key Lime Martini. I ordered the stuffed fillet of sole with a baked potato. I knew it was a lot of carbs so I skipped the bread and starchy options at the salad bar, but I was still prepared to run a bit higher all night. I decided I’d be okay with it (as long as my blood sugars stayed somewhat within reason) and I’d just have a good time celebrating with Pete and our friends.
Upon arriving at the casino, my low alarm rang. I tested and treated and thought I was done. NOPE! This ring - test - treat cycle continued all. night. long. I seriously hovered in the 50s and 60s no matter what I consumed. I practically ran through the entire (huge) supply of low stuff I lug around with me. And then, at 11:45 I tested again and a 38 flashed up from me meter. That was when I really started to get scared - and I think my friends did too. Pete got me a bottle of orange juice and I drank most of it and finally got my blood sugar up to 101. But an hour later, when we got to our hotel, I was down a bit to 83. Seriously, I was sure I’d be about 283 by that time, but no. Complete nonsense, right?
And then there was last night. We had dinner at my parent’s house, just like every Sunday. Mom make spaghetti, just like every Sunday. I tested, dosed, and ate, just like every Sunday. I’ve never really had a blood sugar problem with pasta, and by now I have my Sunday night dinner bolus down cold. But last night? Before the after-dinner coffee was even brewed I was greeted with double up arrows on my CGM. I had showered before we left for my parent’s house, so I though maybe I hadn’t connected my pump properly. A quick run to the bathroom gave me no answers - the pump was connected and working fine. It was just complete nonsense.
A low when I should be high. A high when I should be fine. Diabetes = Nonsense!! Has it thrown you any nonsense lately?