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Monday, December 3, 2012

I Have A Case Of The Blood Sugar Blahs


I have a case of the Blood Sugar Blahs.... Basically for the past 24 hrs my blood sugars have been blah, which have me feeling blah. Not a terribly severe (there’s that word again,) case but not necessarily “Blood Sugar Blah Lite", either. 

Here's what went down: I went out Saturday night with 2 friends (and their families) who were celebrating both their mutual birthdays. Cut to Sunday morning when I woke up with a pizza and birthday cake hangover &  blood sugar of 391 -  even thought I went to bed with a blood sugar of 160 plus a correction bolus. #damndiabetes
Needless to say, I wasn’t happy. But pizza a birthday cake happen from time to time and I did what needed to be done & in the form of a combo correction/cover my morning coffee bolus and went on with my day.
 Still, my numbers were wickedly  slow to go down.  Actually my numbers barely went down at all and by lunchtime I reached for the big guns and ended up doing a 24 hr temporary basal rate  of 1.7 units an hour on "Ye Olde Insulin Pump." 
And even with all that extra faux pancreas juice,(and a site change) my numbers held fast in the 160’s all last night and today I can’t get a way from a blood sugar of lower than 158. 

Me thinks this is a bit more than pizza/birthday cake extended high and more like diabetes is effing with me just because it can, type of a situation Or maybe it has to do with it being Monday, but whatev, this too shall pass .

And I know I’m not the only one who’s ever dealt with the Blood Sugar Blahs.... So I have that going for me. 

Riddle me this: How do you guys push past the Blood Sugar Blahs without banging your head against the wall or breaking your glucose meter and insulin pump because  all the blood sugar frustration has given you the overwhelming urge to smash said items into a million pieces? 

8 comments:

Alex said...

Attack it Kelly, keep some tabs nearby in case you go low but take that over toooo hiiiii anytime!

Sarah/@smartDpants said...

Sometimes at that point I do a correction with a syringe and change my site. After that, if it still doesn't work, I may take a stiff drink of something without added sugar in it, and bang my head against the wall. But I usually hang out for too long without doing the shot/site change, which often works for me. just a thought. good luck and hugs, girlfriend!!!

JMarler said...

When this happens, I start troubleshooting:

* Air in the line / kink / disconnected / loose connection
* Insulin in pump has gone bad
* Insulin in bottle has gone bad
* Sugary substance on testing fingers (dust from glucose tabs, hand sanitizer, soap residue, birthday cake icing...)
* Strips have gone bad (use control solution)
* Test on different fingers/hand

I can't count how many times I believed I couldn't get my BG down and it ended up being one of those things after I knocked my BG into the twenties or teens overcorrecting. When I really think I am too out of control. I just go to the doc or the ER. Knocking your BG down close to zero is very dangerous, so be careful!

JMarler said...

When this happens, I start troubleshooting:

* Air in the line / kink / disconnected / loose connection
* Insulin in pump has gone bad
* Insulin in bottle has gone bad
* Sugary substance on testing fingers (dust from glucose tabs, hand sanitizer, soap residue, birthday cake icing...)
* Strips have gone bad (use control solution)
* Test on different fingers/hand

I can't count how many times I believed I couldn't get my BG down and it ended up being one of those things after I knocked my BG into the twenties or teens overcorrecting. When I really think I am too out of control. I just go to the doc or the ER. Knocking your BG down close to zero is very dangerous, so be careful!

Katie said...

I hear you. I ate my standard peanut butter and jelly sandwich today and this time it decided to make my blood sugar almost hit 300. WTF? Currently waiting for correction shot to do work its magic.

Colleen said...

I read d-blogs! Then I know that I'm not the only one who is not perfect. Then I feel better. Then I pump in some more insulin.

Marie Smith said...

What Colleen said. I read d-blogs. I write angry journal entries. I change my pump set, tubing, cartridge, use a new vial of insulin, set a temp basal. All those things you did. But I think sudden highs don't always make sense. I swear some days wearing blue undies can cause highs. So can blinking. Today breathing made me go low and I spent a good four hours trying to fix it. You are many things, Kelly. Alone is never one of them.

Rachel said...

I had a recent Blah day myself, starting at 180 and not being able to get it down below 150 all day. It's so frustrating because I spend the day hungry and upset.

I do all the mechanics "right" and drink a lot of water and focus on what I need to do that day.