Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Diabetes Soap Box

I've said recently that I've been back on shots since December. For the most part it has gone okay. The daily swings, figuring out which way to adjust the Lantus shot, figuring out what time of day to take that shot, or if it should be split into two doses. Then figuring out when it peaks in your body (because contrary to what they say, Lantus does have a peak and I always go low).

Theeeeeeen, for me, there is that fragile balance of - too much of my long acting Lantus, and too little. A unit or two too little and I wind up with consistent 200+ averages. A unit or two too much - I wind up with lows all day. Then, if I add exercise, or work more than usual, or run around with Rylee more than I have been - I'll have lows all day anyway.

I added a new exercise routine AND have been working every day with my dad, very long hours the last couple weeks. Even decreasing my dosage hasn't keep the lows away and I've been low in the middle of the night (anywhere from 1am to 5am) every day for the last 2 weeks.

Then I had a couple times where I over estimated the amount of insulin I needed for food (that NEVER happens!, that's a total lie. Haha), I came home and wound up with nasty lows twice this week. Lows wipe me out. I'd rather have high blood sugars than low blood sugars. Then I get told I'm going to kill myself if I don't get a handle on my lows. ...noooooooo. Long-term - high blood sugars are so much worse than the one or two lows a day. I'm not going to get into all the medical details regarding that statement. I also don't need (or want) to hear them - so don't bother. :)

I know, it's stupid and trivial. But - dang it! - it bothers me! People just don't understand how much freaking work goes into getting "only" 1 low a day, or sometimes no lows and sort of steady blood sugars the rest of the day. ...I miss my pump. I'll be back on it soon. Very soon.


Lisa said...

I cannot even imagine how frustrating it must be... hang in there, it is worth it!

Love you..

Erin said...

I can't imagine going back to shots. I mean, I know that there is a reason to do so and I get being overwhelmed by this thing that is attached all the time and that never gives me a break.
That being said, it is hard no matter what. Even with the pump and a cgms, I still feel like D is my job sometimes. Not stupid or trivial at all, B. Preach it.

Amy said...

I hate the balance of it all. I have this goal of using less insulin and refuse to starve myself to do it. So that means exercise. Then I get low. I'm at a lowered basal and STILL can't stay where I want to be. I'm going to down a whole gallon of milk before today is over!

And how the heck has the munchkin grown up so fast?? She was just born!

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