Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sometimes it's not your fault . . .

In my opinion, Superbowl Sunday is just as much about the food as it is about the football. Actually, I don't even like football, so it's ALL about the food. This year, Pea got invited to watch the game with The Guys. I looked forward to an evening with K.C., some chick TV, and some junky food.

I actually wasn't that hungry so I didn't eat that much. A few chips with dip, a few chicken fingers with buffalo sauce and a small fruit tart. (Hey, the fresh fruit on the tart makes it healthy, right?)  I counted and bolused for what I had. And my blood sugar stayed pretty stable all evening.

Yesterday morning was a different story. I woke up at 185. I corrected and bolused for my coffee, but only came down to 159. After a small breakfast, I shot up to 220. Correction after correction gave me readings of 190, 225 and 159. What did I do?

I blamed myself. I convinced myself this was somehow caused by the less than healthy food I ate the night before. I told myself it was my fault.

But then, I felt a slight soreness around my infusion site. It wasn't due to be changed until today, but I decided to put in a new site in the hopes that my blood sugar woes would be over. As I yanked out the old site, I could see it wasn't quite right. The graph on my CGM confirmed that the bad blood sugars were due to a site that crapped out. You can see my steady fall back into range as soon as the new site was in.

The moral of the story? When things go wrong, don't beat yourself up about it. I could have eaten the healthiest of foods Sunday night and I still would have been fighting my blood sugar yesterday morning. Sometimes, the problems are beyond your control.


  1. Awww, don't be so hard on yourself :)

  2. Good catch. Sometimes its all too easy to let simple things (like a bad set) stick around too long as we're busy checking out the complicated things (like SuperBowl food-fest!).

  3. Yeah, don't be so hard on yourself and we seem to skip to our site being an issue last, who wants to change it before it's been 3 days?

    Frustrating but now you know, it was Not your fault, just a faulty site.

  4. Ahh, memories of my old pump days. . . What a bummer. I have many memories of scrambling to do everything I could think of to get my BG in control and in the end it was my site (or bad insulin, or cracked tubing, etc, etc, etc). Sometimes I'd pull it out and the cannula was totally kinked off or my site was too red and irritated to do it's job. No worries, it happens to the best of us. I think the worst part is having to feel like crap for hours until you figure out what's wrong. Don't beat yourself up over it, just smack your forehead Homer Simpson-style, yell "DOH!" and move on! :-)


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