Diabetes Self-Management Blog

A person without diabetes reading that title would probably think I was going through some awesome life experience and filled with happiness and euphoria. Unfortunately for me, I’m referring to a literal blood sugar high that I could not come down from yesterday. I was so frustrated that in the midst of the highs I knew I’d write a blog entry about it, but I couldn’t actually sit down and write it until my frustrations dissipated a bit.

After breakfast my blood sugar was a whopping 294. Definitely high, but I figured, all right — correct, drink some water, no biggie. Almost two hours later I checked again and it was the exact same number, 294. I was a bit unsettled at that point but figured hey, I’m about to hit the gym so there’s no reason to sweat it. (See what I did there?)

An hour later after really sweating up a storm I knew I finally came down! I confidently marched over to my gym bag, whipped out my meter, and checked. Believe it or not I was…294. I was so shocked that I convinced myself for a second that my meter was broken. How on earth was it possible that I not only was still high, but that I was the exact same number three times in a row?! I’m serious. I wasn’t 297 or 299…no. It was 294 three times in a span of 4 or 5 hours.

I committed what I vowed to never again commit…the angry bolus. I started to eventually come down, but ended up needing to change my site despite having done one the previous day. I really hate changing my site before at least two days are up. I feel cheated.

Some things I learned from this though. One, I really need to work on my site rotations. Thankfully I’m not particularly averse to putting sites in one area or another, but I get lazy. I keep using the same two areas over and over completely out of habit. If I don’t consciously remind myself about rotating where I put my sites, I just don’t do it.

And two, I need to get back on my blood sugar monitoring and control game. Ever since finishing my semester I’ve had way less structure in my day to day, so it’s become all too easy to get lazy. It’s not only a problem because it’s affecting my sugars, but it’s also making these blog entries harder to write. I don’t want to sit and talk about being lazy! I want to be able to share my accomplishments and success in terms of control. Alas, I suppose it’s only human nature to fall into a rut every once in a while.

As of the last few days I’ve really made the commitment to reestablishing some structure. I finally got a new sensor, so I’ll be putting that in later today. Can’t wait to see how much information I’ll have now versus just monitoring every few hours. Aside from the diabetes regimen, I applied for a job at Barnes & Noble (I LOVE book stores) and was offered a potential internship, so things are really starting to look up! Having a job and/or internship will force me to legitimately establish a routine and that I know will help me get back on top of things with my sugars!

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