This is why I don’t get any sleep

2 10 2008

3:45am

*beeeeeeeeep*

Charlie: You are above 140.  You should correct.
Meter: 157.
Me: Yes, I should correct.  *fiddles with pump*

7:15am

*beeeeeeeeep*

Charlie: You are above 140.  You should correct.
Meter: 110.
Me: STFU, Charlie.  *goes back to sleep*

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But…!

29 09 2008

My lunch post-prandial is typically the highest time of the day.  I have done everything I can think of to lower this number.

  • start eating about 20 minutes after I bolus
  • I do a 2-hour super bolus to get some extra insulin in my system early
  • count carbs very carefully, by both checking nutrition labels and weighing my foods
  • washed my hands before testing to ensure an accurate reading (making sure there’s no leftover lunch on my hands!)

I seem to have done everything right.  And yet, I am still too high.  Guess it’s time to up that I/C ratio.





In my sleep

28 07 2008

It happened with Lucy and now it happens with Charlie:  I am capable of turning off my alarms in my sleep.

With Lucy, I was able to go through the history logs and see that I confirmed an alert, even though I don’t remember waking up and doing it.  However, with Charlie, there are no history logs regarding which button you pressed and when.

I’m not that concerned about low alerts because even if I manage to sleep through the initial vibrate alert, there are follow-up beeps.  Or, if I snooze the initial alert, there is the built-in 55 mg/dl automatic alert that I believe cannot be snoozed.

However, I am disappointed with the high alert.  It will vibrate when you go above your set level, which is fine.  But, after you snooze/cancel that little vibrate, IT DOES NOT NOTIFY YOU AGAIN.  So, let’s take a little example which may or may not have happened last night.  😉

Let’s say I went to bed with an excellent blood sugar and a stable trend.  Then let’s say I woke up to go the bathroom at 3am and find that I am 292 for NO GOOD REASON.  How come Charlie didn’t wake me up?  Because I managed to hit the stupid “c” button in my sleep.  I had been above 250 for a good 3 hours and I didn’t even know it.  Laaaame.

There are some happy points to this story, though.  No ketones and I was able to correct/super-correct down to a normal blood sugar by morning.  And I have to think of the alternative.  In a life before Charlie, I wouldn’t have found out about the super high until before breakfast.  A full 4 hours later than when I actually discovered it.  That’s 4 more hours I can live with a reasonable blood sugar.  Thanks Charlie.





Well I blew it

30 01 2008

All my efforts have been for naught.

I got sick last night.

I’ve done correction boluses out the wazoo, my temp rate of 150% doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, and I’ve gone through an entire box of kleenex (and it’s not even 3:30 yet).  I’ve been hanging out in the 200s every since post-breakfast, but the good news is that I have no or trace ketones.  I keep sucking down water and DayQuil, and hoping for the best.

Wish me luck!





Weekends suck

17 11 2007

Well, at least as far as diabetes control is concerned. I have had a crappy weekend, blood sugar wise. I just cannot get it under control on the weekends. I eat a lot more random food at random times, stay up later, and possibly have a couple drinks. There’s not a lot of roller coaster moments, just high. All the time. Even if I calculate everything correctly, it seems like it still isn’t enough.

Such as, I had a muffin. I made them myself, so I could calculate the exact number of carbs. Great. So, I bolus and check 2 hrs later. 165 with 1.15 units on board. Perfect! Absolutely perfect! I even did a little celebration dance. Then, 2 hours after that, 228. What!?!? That makes NO sense. Dinner wasn’t particular high-fat or high-fiber (hamburgers), so I don’t know what happened.

It makes me soooo frustrated. Why can’t I figure things out? And even if I do, it only lasts for a little while, then I have to try again. I’ve had Lucy for 4 months now, and things still aren’t stable. Everything just seems to change all the time. My basals are completely different, my insulin-carb ratios are different, my correction factor is different. And I’m sure a month from now, everything will be different still. Why can’t I just “set it and forget it”? Wouldn’t that be much simpler? *sigh* I can only hope…