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It happened again! I can’t believe it and I am so irritated by it!

I worked at my mom’s shop on Friday. We didn’t work hard, we goofed off more, and just hung out. We sampled some new juices she had, and talked. I was there from noon – 4:30 when I headed home. Before heading home I thought I felt a little low, but I was in a hurry, so instead of testing my sugar I just ate an orange, and drank some juice before getting in the car to drive home. I texted my husband on my way home to see how his day was. He got off work at 5, so he would be home just a few minutes after me. Since he was going to be home right after me, I didn’t mention that I was just then on my way home.

When I got home I went in and played with the puppy for a few minutes. I sat in her chair with her…….and the next thing I know I’m dreaming. My dream is about being in a diabetic coma from a low. I can hear people talking about someone who is in a coma and asking questions of someone about it. I am just thinking, I am so glad that is not me, and this is just a dream. I feel cold, so cold that I am shaking profusely and can’t get myself to stop no matter how hard I try. And wait, now I hear the puppy barking in the background, and someone says “small poke”. Was that to me?? The voices start to clear up and I realize that I’m not having a bad dream, this is real, and it’s me who’s in a diabetic coma.

Oh crap, I thought. I wanted more than anything to just wish it away. To keep my eyes closed and turn it into a dream. But I knew I couldn’t. I opened my eyes to 4 paramedics and my husband, all gathered around me on the couch. I didn’t know what day it was, or what time it was. It looked like afternoon, judging from the sunlight. I thought that was weird, because it should be morning right?

The paramedics asked me questions…..”Do you know who that guy is?” they asked, pointing to my husband. I nodded and my brain quickly said, “My husband” but it was much harder to get my mouth to form the words and get them out.  It probably sounded more like “Ay Usand” Ugh, I felt like a retard. Nothing is more frustrating than knowing how to say it correctly and thinking so clearly, but speaking so slowly and unclearly. They asked me if I could tell them his name. I mumbled it the best I could.

When I looked at him he looked so stressed out. He mouthed, “I’m sorry” at me. I knew he hated calling the paramedics because he knew how much I hated having them there.

They tested my sugar again and it was 121, so they packed everything up, took my iv out, and were on their way out. Once they left I asked T what happened. I had no idea what had happened. He said when we got home he found me passed out in Emma’s chair, with Emma freaking out, barking at me and scratching at me. He had no idea how long I’d been home, so he didn’t know how long I’d been out. He tested my bs and it was 22. He got some fast acting glucose gel out of the cupboard and squirted some in my mouth. I spit it out. I don’t know why, but I fight him tooth and nail when he tries to help me! He put more in my mouth and tried to pour some juice down my throat to wash it down. I spit it out again, and he said it sounded like I was going to choke so he stopped trying that. He tested my sugar again and it was up to 28. He was relieved and thought he could get it up. He waited a little longer and tested again and it was back down to 21. When it started going back down he called the paramedics. He said it took them a half hour to get there, and when they tested my sugar it was down to 16. Thats the lowest it’s ever been!

They hooked me right up to the iv and pumped in the dextrose, and T said that in 30 seconds I was waking up. They did another finger stick on me a few minutes later (Which hurt like the dickens by the way, and actually STILL hurts!! This is why I don’t do finger sticks!) and it was 121. It’s amazing how fast that stuff works!

I am so irritated that this happened while I was awake! I could understand my other one a little, since I have a hard time waking up when I’m having a bad low, but this, this is not ok with me at all. And I didn’t feel bad, I just felt tired I think, because if I remember correctly I just decided to take a little nap. Although it wasn’t a nap at all!

So 30 minutes later we tested my sugar again and it was 83….going down. So T gave me a piece of bread with jelly on it to get it back up. I ate it while he held me, wrapped in a blanket because I was freezing. I was still shaking and having a hard time moving and talking quickly. My shirt and hair was sticky from when I’d spit out the gel and juice T had tried to give me. As soon as I stopped shaking I got in the shower. It warmed me up and cleaned me off.

After my shower we tested my sugar again and it was 171, going up. I started making dinner while T worked on a work project. A half hour later dinner was ready and I tested my sugar again. It was up to 298!!! Ugh, I felt like crap with it that high. Nauseous!! Of course I didn’t want to take to much insulin and have another low, so I gave myself enough for dinner, with about 5 units extra, which should have brought it down about 200 points.

I tested an hour later, 348. Now I was getting pissed. Again, I didn’t want to over-do it with the insulin, so I gave myself 4 more units. I still had a little of my insulin from dinner working for me.

I tested an hour later, 398! I couldn’t believe it! Really?? I took 5 more units, and one hour later I was down to 312. At least it was going down! An hour later I was in the 200’s, and an hour later, right before bed, I was down to a comfortable 107!

So, my low started at 5pm, and the repercussions from it lasted until 2am!

The important part is that I am ok. I don’t know why it happened, but I don’t want it to happen again! I test my sugar every 2 hrs now while I’m at work and report the reading to my husband. When I’m with him, he can always tell right away when I am having a low. He says he can see it in my face and eyes. It’s when I’m not with him that we’re worried about.

I’m hoping this won’t ever happen again!

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First of all, my apologies for not posting for so long! I have had an overwhelmingly busy couple weeks!

My mom called me Friday evening, the 20th of February, and told me that she and my dad had just finished booking an all-inclusive resort in Cancun. My hubby and I went to a resort in Cancun last year and came back telling them how wonderful it was and how they HAD to go! So they did it. My mom asked if we wanted to go with them….which of course we did, but it just wasn’t in the budget. She said she knew that, and thats why they would pay half! They were already getting a screamin deal, so our half for 7 nights in an all inclusive resort in Cancun, with airfare, would be $1000! What an amazing deal. We couldn’t turn it down! So, thanks to my wonderful parents, we are leaving on March 23rd for Cancun! We’re just going to stay in our resort, eat, drink, and lay on the beach or swim in the pool! I am really looking forward to it. This is the first year that we haven’t planned a vacation at all, but things worked out.

I guess that just goes to show that I need to trust things can and do work out. I have been unbelievably discouraged lately because my husband and I have been trying to concieve our first for a year now, with no luck. I don’t know if there is anything more frustrating. I have been living the healthiest lifestyle, and DH has been doing his best as well. But I understand his frustration when he goes 2 – 3 weeks without a drink, and it doesn’t seem to be making a difference anyway. He likes to have a glass of wine or 2 in the evenings, or a bottle or two on the weekends. Honestly, so do I! But we’ve flipped our world upside down trying for this, and still nothing. Meanwhile, I feel like all my friends, even those who weren’t planning or trying for a baby, are getting pregnant. The reason this month is especially discouraging, is because after this cycle, if I’m not pregnant again, I have to start the uncomfortable and expensive medical testing to see if there is something wrong with me.

Don’t I have enough problems? Why is this being added to the mix? I don’t know, but it sure is discouraging.

Enough of that! That has nothing to do with diabetes! I have been working with the bolus wizard for the past 3 weeks. I am still making little tweeks, but over all it’s going well and I like it. I had an appointment to review my progress with my doctor yesterday afternoon. I like my doctor, and type 1 diabetic doctors are hard to find in my area. However, sometimes she seems more stumped by my numbers than I am. She usually has some great advice and great things for me to try, but yesterday she just seemed bothered by the fact that my basal went from 1u, 1u, 1.3u, 1.2u, to .1u, and back to 1.4u. I explained to her that I have lots of lows in the morning and I tend to be high after lunch….but it just bothered her. Maybe it should, but it’s working and I just figured it out and I don’t want to have those terrible morning lows anymore! She wants me to even it out. Also, she is as stumped as I am that my sugars have so many inconsistencies. One day it’s doing one thing, and the next day it’s doing something else. This was the whole reason I originally asked for the CBGM. Since she couldn’t get my insurance to approve it, she wanted to work with me to try and fix my problems manually. Which I am all for, but it is frustrating to me when my doctor seems so confused.

So, now she wants to see me again in 2 weeks, and she wants to have her type 1 diabetic pumping doctor friend come meet with me as well, and hopefully be able to clear some things up.

I am having LESS lows which is great, but I am still having lows and I am so tired of it. I’ve decided to set a weekend “pattern” (I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before) since I ALWAYS have a horrible low if I sleep in…and I sleep in every weekend! I tried that for one weekend day last weekend, because I thought of it Saturday morning after my terrible low. Sunday my blood sugar was just fine and I slept in until almost 11! I changed it so in the early am I am basically taking no basal. It seems to be working.

I don’t understand why it goes so low on the weekends when I am sleeping. Even on the week days I usually don’t have breakfast, and my sugar doesn’t drop low. Of course, this stumped my doctor to. But we have to do what works.

So, thats where I am right now. I am hoping for no lows this weekend, and no highs either! Have a great weekend everyone.

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Thank God It’s Friday! This week has seemed to drag on and on. At the same time, the days all went by quickly, just the WEEK dragged! Either way, I am welcoming the weekend!

My husband is my greatest support! I love him and respect him so much. I value his opinion and he helps me so much with my diabetes management! Last night however, at 11:30 pm, I wasn’t feeling so grateful for his advice.

We rarely bump heads when it comes to my diabetes. We usually try and figure out the problem, be it lows or highs, and come up with a solution to try and fix it. After I had my diabetic coma from a low, and then 2 more almost coma’s, he has gotten much more strict about me not having lows – ever. Of course I understand where he’s coming from. It’s scary to see your loved one out of consciousness, or almost out of consciousness and knowing that if you hadn’t woken up they could have died from it.

In my 7 years as a type 1 diabetic, I have seen LOTS of lows. Ranging from 69 – 28. When I used to have a low, my husband would just go get me some juice or something to bring it up. NOW, I get a lecture for every low. Especially if I have one before bed.

So, last night I tested at 10:30 and my blood sugar was 45. Eeek. Not only was it really low, but I had taken a bolus at 9pm, so it still had a half hour to act. I suspended my pump, and reported to DH. He was not happy. He went and got me something to bring it up and we laid in bed and waited. And argued. He wanted me to to keep it higher, like around 150 instead of around 80. He’s already told me that and I have made an effort to keep it more around 120. At the same time I wanted to point out that keeping it to high wasn’t good either. I don’t want to keep it at 150 or more. At this point he was ready for me to keep it at 200! Anything to keep me from having a low, especially during the night.

200! What?!!? I couldn’t even believe he said that. Maybe I was being a little irrational since my sugar was so low, I don’t know, but I argued that point into the ground. 200 was just not ok. I told him maybe he should meet with my doctor.

Not that I should keep it low either. I know that! He kept reminding me that he was more concerned that I could die from a low in one night, and it would take several years for me to die from having 200’s.

It was now 11 and I was really irritated. How could he not care when I have a 200? I HATE when my blood sugar reads 200 or higher. We re-tested my sugar to see where the food had gotten it. No where. It read at 45. Crap. Now he was even madder. At least the last basal I’d had was now out of my system.

That was the wrong thing to bring up. I got some bread to eat to bring up my sugar, while hubby told me that I need to not eat anything past 8pm anymore so my insulin is done by 10 and we can test it and if it’s low, bring it up by 10:30 – 11 at the latest so we can get to bed on time.

Well that just didn’t seem fair to me. We often have snacks or hot cocoa at 9 or 9:30 while we’re watching tv. Now I can’t be a part of that? What he was requesting does make sense. It would be the safest way to handle my diabetes and lows, but it just didn’t sound good at the time. I want to have the freedom to eat whenever I want! Realistically I can’t do that, but wouldn’t it be nice?

At 11:30 I was tired, irriated, and just wanted to go to bed. I re-tested my sugar hoping that it was up, and the reading showed 69. Thank goodness!

My 3am test was 180. DH asked what it was and when I told him he didn’t say anything. It irritated me. I took .4 units to bring it down….but not to much.

At 7am I asked hubby what he thought of my 180 reading and he said it was fine with him. He was happy with it. It helped him sleep. If only he knew how frustrating it is for me when my reading is anything over 150.

Again, let me point out that he is a lifesaver and so helpful in helping me figure out whats going on with my blood sugar! Minus this one area….where I don’t feel like we are working together.

Anyone else have similar frustrations??

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Saturday morning I thought I was having a dream about my husband making me drink egg nog. It completely felt like an out of body experience, like I was watching myself. I watched my dream while I drank the egg nog, and a few minutes later I could feel the glass in my hand. I thought, this can’t be real. But sure enough it was. It felt just like when I woke up to the paramedics in my room with the iv. Except this time, my husband took care of me all by himself!
He said he woke up because I was making weird noises in my sleep. He shook me to wake me up, and he said I looked at him, but there was no response. He testes my blood sugar and it read 26! My blood sugar has never been that low before! He said he went to the kitchen to get my some juice. He cradled my head and helped me drink 2 glasses. I don’t remember that at all, but when he showed me the cup I remembered seeing the cup. Weird.
After the juice he waited 15 min’s and tested my sugar again. Still 26. Thats when he went and got the low fat egg nog. Thats stuff is chocked full of carbs! 20 carbs in 4 oz! He asked me to take the glass and drink the egg nog. He said he could tell it was hard for me to take the glass, but I was able to and I very slowly, and with much prompting, drank it all by myself.
That’s when I started really coming back into consciousness. Once I realized that this was all real, my husband said he could see the light come back to my eyes. He said it was such a relief. I asked him what happened, and he went through the story with me.
I was so frustrated that I’d pretty much gone into another diabetic coma from low blood sugar! I adjusted my basal settings at that hour, and then couple hours preceding it. It is so scary being unconscious!
So far adjusting the basal settings helped, and I haven’t had any more horrible lows like that yet. But 2 in 4 months when before I’d never had any?? I’m wondering if I’m becoming a brittle diabetic.
I’m going to tell my doctor, and hopefully it will give her more leverage to get my insurance to approve the CBGM for me. I really need it.

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Good Morning.

I had a wonderful weekend doing holiday activities. As you know by now, I love the holiday’s! One of the hardest parts of them, is all the treats that people bring to our house, work, and anywhere else they can get them! I love chocolates, fudge, cookies, breads….any baked goods but it is so hard to regulate my blood sugar when I’m devouring home-made goods that I have to guesstimate the carbs on, and that are usualy filled with fat. Fat presents a whole other set of blood sugar issues!

Friday night we went to a friends for dinner. The main dish was sushi. I stuck to California rolls, since I’m not a fan of raw fish. I have had some wonderful raw sushi to, but I have to be in the mood for it. Anyway, there was wine, sushi, sake, teriyaki sauce, and of course dessert! I estimated the best I could for the sweet teriyaki sauce and the rice in the sushi. I could have gone without the dessert, but everyone else was having some and I didn’t want to be rude! 🙂

So I figured the carbs in the ice cream, and frozen strawberries, and guessed how much was in the homemade toffee whipped cream! I have to give myself kudos, because 2 hours later my sugar reading was great!

Saturday morning I woke up with a still good reading! Go team! I had a friends baby shower to go to at noon. Of course there were lots of snacks. I indulged, and had to guess at how many carbs were in everything. I had yogurt with granola and fruit, a hashbrown casserole, and an egg casserole. I underestimated my carbs, because 2 hours later my sugar was high! 257. 😦 I did not feel good about that at all!

That evening we had my parents over for holiday stuff. They wanted to have dinner, so they brought pizza and breadsticks. There was also chocolate, brownies, gingerbread, egg nog, hot cocoa, and cider!! Loads of carbs! I took insulin about 3 times over an hour because I kept eating! I actually over did it, and ended up with a 57 blood sugar reading that evening.

Sunday we went to another family dinner. There was quiche, scones, and an apple cranberry salad. Oh and of course more dessert! Homemade truffles and chocolate ice cream. I just had a little, but still more than I needed! More guessing of how the scones, fruit salad, and quiche was made. I did pretty good…over estimated a little and ended up with a sugar reading of 63 2 hours after the meal. For some reason it kept dropping though, and I ended up with a 44 reading at 5, and then underestimated and had a 188 reading at 7:30! Ugh, it is frustrating!

This time of year is always a challenge. I should just ignore all the desserts and stick to my low fat diet. I just can’t bring myself to avoid it all though! So I’ll keep working on figuring the insulin I need to give myself and striving for 70 – 130 readings!

Does anyone else have issues with handling all the holiday treats?

Good luck to you all!

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Thank goodness it’s Friday! Seriously, I am more than ready for the weekend! I need to sleep in for a day!

My basal adjustments helped with my sugars a lot, although I still have some tweaks to make. Hopefully I will be able to stay at these rates for a while and not have to change them again in a few days!

Today I will have the joy of changing my infusion set to look forward to! Not! But, then I will be good for another 5 days.

Tonight my husband and I have plans with one of his co-workers and his wife for dinner. It will be at their house and they are preparing sushi. I’m looking forward to a night out!

Ok, does anyone have any advice on how to handle having a low while your insulin is still acting?

So If I take units for dinner, and an hour after dinner I test my blood sugar and it’s already 60, but my insulin still has an hour to act, how many carbs do I need to eat? Normally if there is no bolus insulin in my system I have 5 carbs to bring my blood sugar up 20 points. Obviously I need more than that when there is still bolus insulin acting but I don’t know how much.

Sorry I’ve been so full of questions lately! Everyone’s advice so far has been really helpful and I appreciate it!

Have a great weekend!

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Can I just say THANK YOU to everyone who is leaving comments. It is so helpful for me! I am still very frustrated with my diabetes today. The most frustrating thing is that my needs are constantly changing and I don’t feel like I can keep up. It seems that as soon as I decide to adjust one rate, another one has a problem, or as soon as I adjust it, it goes back to how it was acting previously and I just have to change it back! Ahhh!

So last night I took some of my commenters advice. I had my usual night-time low, so I started by treating with 2 hard candies. My sugar was 51. I took 2 hard candies which had 5 carbs each, and should have brought my sugar up 20 each, so a total of 40 points. I tested a half hour later and my sugar was…..51. Ugh! Stupid blood sugar. So I ate another hard candy and 2 glucose tabs before bed. At 3 am I tested and my sugar was 135….which seemed right to me with all that I had eaten. Ah, finally success. My 7am should be 135 and I’m off to a good start to the day. Nope, my 7am was 208. Where did that come from?

So, I did some adjustment to my basal rates. After suffering from highs in the morning and fairly consistent lows before lunch (in the 40’s – 50’s) I adjusted my 10am basal from .65 to .55 and my 2am or 5am basal up, and my 9pm basal from 1.20 to 1.05 to hopefully avoid my before bed lows.
Also, for breakfast I am taking 1:15 carb ratio because my usual 1:10 that I take for all other meals is making me way to low. I may need to try 1:20. I’m hoping my adjustment to my 10am – 1pm basal will help with my morning lows also. Hopefully the 2 combined will solve the problem.

rates as of 12/3
12a – .95
2a – .80
5a – 1.05
8a – 1.45
10a – .55
1p – .70
6p – .65
9p – 1.05

Any advice?? Words of wisdom? Anyone in the same boat? I feel like after these adjustments my sugars will be good for a couple days and then I’ll have to change them again!

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