Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bad Diabetes Day

Some days, diabetes slides quietly into the background and I can go about my day with The D running pretty much on auto-pilot.  Yesterday was not one of those days.  Yesterday went more like this:
  • I woke up in range, but needed a correction after coffee even though I had bolused for the coffee.
  • I bolused for two slices of toast for breakfast and gave my insulin it’s usual 20 minute head start.  Yet I spiked to 220 after eating and needed a correction.  (Twenty minutes is what works usually works for me, but remember, YBMV.  Your Bolus May Vary)
  • Had I been smart, I would have ignored the correction recommendation for that 220 because I was off to the grocery store.   I would have remembered that grocery shopping often makes me go low and I would have planned accordingly.  Yesterday I was not smart.
  • Forty minutes after returning from the grocery store my blood sugar was 39.
  • Twenty minutes after my blood sugar was 39 I had a telephone interview for a web article about the DOC.  Although I had inhaled just about everything in sight before the phone rang, my mind wasn’t completely back on track for the interview.  I felt fuzzy and I’m quite certain I babbled like an idiot.
  • A little over two hours later I was trying to bolus my way back down from a blood sugar of 268 and feeling like total crap.  Because apparently inhaling everything in sight before my call was a bad idea.  (Duh!!)
  • I had put some yummy dinner fixings in the crock-pot so dinner would be a breeze.  However, it wasn’t all that breezy because hours later I found a cold crock-pot.  It seems you need to REMEMBER TO TURN THE THING ON if you actually want it to cook your dinner.  Also, I do realize this isn’t really a Bad Diabetes Day story as much as it is a Bad Cook story.  But I don’t have a cooking blog to whine on, so I’m whining  here..
Is there a silver lining to my Bad Diabetes Day?  I’m not sure there is . . . . except that today would have to go better.  Right??


  1. Yes! Today will go better. I hate those days -- hope you're feeling better now.

  2. sounds like a fairly typical day - sorry dear, I feel for you but love your attitude! Keep up the good work!

  3. I'm sorry that you had such a crappy day. I hope you told the interviewer that you were dealing with a low! Today has a good chance of being better. I hope it is.

  4. right! here's to a better day!

  5. - new start each day is what I always (try to) say!

  6. Hey Karen!
    I'm Eric from Germany. I also have Diabetes type 1 and a pump. I know those days where eveything is going crazy and I remember well when I get those "eating flashs" (eating everthing I can find) but what helps me to reduce the risk of bouncing up again is
    1. count the carb units I ate
    2. minus the amounts I need to get to my regular level
    3. take Insulin for the units I "over ate" either 15-20 minutes after I ate or program my pump to give me the amount of insulin needed over the next 30 minutes
    3.5 I take a deep breath and relax :)

    Do you think that could help you?

    BTW: I realy like your blog and hope we can share experiences about diabetes

  7. Ugh, these kinds of days are the absolute worst. What really bugs me about them sometimes is that non-D's don't understand how one tiny low can mess up the whole freaking day! I feel your pain! It can only get better, right? :) Hang in there!

  8. Me, too!
    Woke up great, bolused for coffee and it's been uphill ever since.

  9. Oh, honey! That was a tough day! I hope you are back on track, (I hate that phrase, actually, and don't know why I use it!) I hope your track today is easier to manage, so that your day is calmer. And about the crockpot, telling you we've all done that doesn't help, I guess, but maybe knowing that you are not alone does.

  10. We are on the same roller-coaster ride... except mine is happening today. As Eric said, above... Breathe!!!

  11. Don't feel guilty....I have been type 1 for 66 years and I still have days like this, now and then. If I don't have it down pat after that meny years, I guess I never willl, at least not consistently.

    There is one thing I do that usually keeps me from going too high when I am treating a low. I have found that one carb typically raises my BG 3 points on my meter. If I had a BG of 50 and wanted to raise it to 90 (my target) then I would need 13 carbs. That would raise my BG approximately 39 points, and put me near my target. It usually works well, but not always.

  12. I hate those roller coaster days. I hope that everything is back to normal now.


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