My Diabetes? Oh, It Has Its Ups and Downs

Where was my blog entry last week? Well, the spirit was willing, but the brain it was dead. As in, I was having a bad low glucose night and day and was pretty much incapable of forming a coherent sentence. Anything I did write was along the lines of: “See Jan stare. Stare, Jan, stare.”


Ironically, my entry was going to be about my sucky HbA1c, which came in at 8% when I saw my endocrinologist on July 12. Granted, that was down from 8.4%, but it wasn’t in the 6th percentile where I’m more accustomed to being.

Maybe it was just too much to think about writing about running too high when I couldn’t seem to rid myself of running too low.

A couple of nights before I saw my endocrinologist, my glucose had been in the 40s for some time. I have a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), but didn’t hear the alarm. Doc immediately saw it on the graph I had downloaded from the CGM and had me lower the corresponding basal rates.

That should have taken care of the problem, right? Wrong, OJ breath! After, oh, two, three days — about blog-writing time — I was running low night and day. No, I did NOT think about lowering my basal rates. As I’ve said before, just when you really need to use your brain, it isn’t functioning.

A note to my endocrinologist brought more basal adjustments. Right now, my daytime glucose is running pretty much OK as long as I eat my meals, and overnights are up to the 60s. I’ve asked for an intensive glucose log to fill out to help the doc help me get my rates straightened out.

The problem with that is, as soon as you get one thing worked out with diabetes, something else goes south. One thing you can say: Diabetes is never dull!

It is my good fortune to have a wonderful endocrinologist. I see so many comments from people whose doctors are unresponsive, who don’t look at their logs, who don’t help them, that I recognize what a jewel I have.

Now about that sucky HbA1c: My glucose patterns indicate I’ve gotten real slack in the evenings. Dinner is the meal I’m most likely to eat “off the grid.” That is, we’ll go out, my husband will pick something up on his way home, or we’ll make something easy like pasta.

And, then, there’s the tendency to snack during the evening.

We’ve gotten lazy, and it isn’t good for my Sweet Baboo, either, who also has Type 2 diabetes.

Looks like it’s time to hit the farmer’s market for fresh veggies while awaiting our homegrown produce to come in. (So far, we have three baby eggplants. Grow, babies, grow!)

Baboo can pick up rotisserie chicken instead of fried, and we can have lots of veggies to go with it. Or just veggies and skip the meat. I can deal with that, especially when there’s nice, fresh corn, beans, tomatoes, eggplants, and such out there.

Is it dinnertime yet?

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  • Barbara

    I suggest a low carb diet. Fresh vegetables are very good except for the starchy pnes – white potatoes and peas. Go easy on those. For an evening snack when you get the munchies, eat some nuts (preferably unsalted) not crackers or chips. Aas you suggest, limiting or omitting fried foods is also good. We fix most of out meals at home so we know exactly what’s in them. Some restaurants sneak in some sugar and salt into what they prepare which isn’t good. My endo told me that some people are very sensitive to carbs, including me; so I eliminate most of them. I stay away from fruit juices (high in fructose, even the no sugar added ones). A few times a year I’ll treat myself to some fried okra or fried fish so I don’t feel too deprived.

    Hope this helps.

  • Deb

    Glad you’re ok, Jan. I worry when you’re not there on the Tuesday! It’s nasty when the brain refuses to function, isn’t it!
    I’m finding that getting more than half of my carbs from vegetables (starchy and non-starchy) is having a great effect on my numbers. I’m hoping it’ll be reflected in the A1c drawn 2 days ago. So I too am enjoying the summer: corn on the cob, potatoes, real tomatoes, etc. I also like a main dish salad for one meal a day: choice of Greek with garbanzos and feta, Chefs with ham and/or shredded mozzarella and/or egg and/or rotisserie chicken, Taco with black or kidney beans and cheddar, all with lots of chopped vegetables, romaine, and a cider vinegar and olive oil dressing (3 vinegar to 1 oil so there’s not a lot of fat) with lots of herbs, garlic, mustard and turmeric. Best tasting antioxidants in town! Sometimes I have a “wrap” – a whole wheat soft taco — with the salad, sometimes a potato or corn. Yum!

  • Richard

    If you take about 4 tablespoons of low fat cottage cheese at bedtime helps stablize your glucose. Also low fat cheese helps too. The protein in cottage cheese helps your glucose. Cottage cheese is also a good snack at anytime. A quick bringing up of readings is orange juice which has a lot of sugar and works very fast. Hope you get better.

  • jim snell

    best wishes and good luck constraining this monster. Sorry to hear you have difficulties again.

  • Terri

    I’m hearing that if you cut off the tops of okra or “lady fingers” and soak it in water overnight and drink daily, it has a marvelous effect on lowering your blood sugar. After I do this, I cut up the okra and saute it with some garlic, green onions (or shallots or leeks) and tomatoes as a tasty side dish. I will let you know the results of the okra water thingy. I have heard that in animals and in vivo there have been some fantastic results. Can’t hurt to try! ūüôā