All week my blood sugars have been erratic. I check, I bolus, I change my infusion sets, HIGH Blood sugar! What the heck? I am doing all the things I always do. (Ok, maybe I am slipping a bit .)
After all the hard work I have been putting into having such great numbers I should not be having high blood sugar.
It could be because I have been working A LOT and getting less sleep. I mean working like going to work 9-5pm then coming home and doing a bunch of side projects that have been taking up all of my free time. This has been going on for the past couple of weeks. Maybe my body just is telling me to slow down? Or because of my work schedule I would need different basals? Or could it be that my body is just changing? UGH! Or maybe it is because I have been tired more often I forget to bolus and think I did? Probably, I am like a walking zombie lately.
Other things I have noticed are that I think I have acid reflux or something and of course I don't go to the doctor...
Wearing a continuous glucose monitor is a great way to see and understand how your blood sugar responds to various foods, activities, and insulin doses. Over the past several months of wearing the Dexcom, I've gained a greater awareness of high blood sugars, and more importantly, the most effective methods for maintaining blood glucose control.
One thing I discovered was that correcting high blood sugars nearly always led to one of two undesirable results: either a roller coaster of highs and lows for at least a few hours or a sustained high that took a few hours to bring down. In the first scenario I'd inevitably give a large correction bolus in an attempt to quickly bring down my blood sugar; which would lead to a low. Likely I'd over treat the low and end up higher than desired again. An alternative to a large correction bolus would be to deliver a smaller dose of insulin, which would bring my blood sugar down but only after a few hours; obviously not ideal when you're st...
This weekend I rowed in my first college regatta. Since Dartmouth was hosting, the team didn't have to travel for the race, which was good - I think that would have made the whole event much more stressful.
Anyway, I woke up at about 8 am on Saturday morning with butterflies in my stomach and a bg of 118. It was too early to worry about the race; first I had to go to a meeting across campus for another event that the college was hosting over the weekend. I skipped my standard breakfast of instant oatmeal because I knew there would be food at this meeting. We were served bagels, so it was a higher-carb breakfast than usual for me, but I gave a full bolus (about 6 units for 60 carbs) and didn't worry. In retrospect, it probably wasn't the greatest idea to try to attend a conference on the same day of my first competition for a new sport, and to try eating a different kind of breakfast that day.
The meeting ran a little late, which meant that I was a little late...
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