Gimme a break

26 09 2008

For most of September, things were pretty normal.  Blood sugars were fine, no big problems one way or the other.  I went to work, went to class, hung out with friends, watched TV, the usual.

Then for some reason, in this past week, things went to hell.  I rode high for most of Monday and Tuesday, and I finally settled on a 160% basal rate to get things under control.  That’s pretty intense.

I’m not sure exactly what happened in my body to warrant that much insulin.  Probably a combination of stress due to massive meetings at work, pre-period insulin resistance, trying to heal some bruises from moving bookshelves, and fighting off a cold.  Any one of those things I can handle easily by itself.  But all 4 together makes for quite the control nightmare.

I finally got some decent sleep last night, and my cold seems to be going away, so I’m down to a 140% rate.  I may even lower it more as the weekend (and the fun) arrives.

It is weeks like this that make me really hate having diabetes.  No matter what, I cannot take a break.  Even if things are under control, life can take things on a random turn that throws things off course.  All I can do is adapt, deal with it, and keep a positive attitude.


I was so close

10 09 2007

After my last frustrating post of high numbers that wouldn’t come down, I greatly increased my basal rates. For awhile it didn’t seem to be working, but then over the weekend, things were great. I was between 90 and 150 (with only a couple exercise-induced lows) and I thought things were going to be peachy keen. I was just about to blog about how I had figured it out and I was even going to use the “good times” category.

But then I tested my after-lunch blood sugar.

267! What!?!?! I hadn’t seen a number like that since last week. *sigh* I was so close. I don’t even know what I did to get a number like that. All the food I ate was prepackaged, so I knew exactly the amount of carbs in it. I had less trouble with food all weekend, when I was SWAGing at nearly every meal. I don’t understand.

In any case, that number is on its way down (thanks to a minor rage bolus…) so hopefully this will be just a small fluke.