Ever just have a feeling about something? When you know in your gut something isn’t quite right, even if you don’t have hard evidence to support it? It happens in life, and for me, it especially happens in life with diabetes. For example, let’s say I go out for dinner. And I look at the plate of food in front of me and I look at the carb count given by the restaurant’s website, and I just know the information isn’t right. Or maybe I’m at the endo and my basals are being tweaked, and I just know the new basal rates aren’t going to work. (Although I must say, my endo absolutely respects and listens to my input.)
My diabetes intuition was blaring yesterday during my site change. When the new site went in, I just had a gut feeling that something was off. And I wondered, do I listen to my diabetes intuition or not? On one hand, I’d hate to pull a perfectly good site because I had a feeling but no proof. And if I had been wearing a sensor, I probably would’ve given the site a chance, knowing that my CGM would alert me if the site did indeed fail. But last week I decided to take that sensor break, and I wouldn’t be starting my new sensor until this morning. (I like to leave them in overnight before I put in my first calibration.) Of course, there is also the option of just checking my blood sugar frequently for a few hours to determine if the site is working or not. But I’ve been having a rough time lately, struggling with some major depression, and I just didn’t want to worry about increased sugar checking. So, I decided the best thing to do was to go with my gut. I pulled the minutes old site and inserted a new one.
It's times like these when I wish I had a diabetes crystal ball to rely on, instead of using diabetes intuition. That would really be useful in our diabetes management, wouldn’t it? Of course, even it it existed, our insurance probably wouldn’t cover it anyway . . . .
So when has your diabetes intuition kicked in? And did you listen to what it said?