What does this mean?!?!

Recently, when checking my blood sugar for the millionth time, my five year old asked to check his.  This happens on occasion- I am sure from his perspective, it’s something that is way cool that is off limits. (NOT cool…at all, by the way.) So, after sticking his pretty little tiny finger, my mouth hit the floor…204.  What?!?!?! My pump starts beeping for a bolus (thank you, one touch pump link) and I try to figure out WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON.  So, first thing that I do is abruptly check it again- 199.  And then I move on to my daughter, just to ease my mind- she checks in at a beautiful 83.  And I guess because I am a sugar checking queen, I move on to hubby- who beeps in at an 80.  All night, I am freaking out.  And we are at our primary care physician’s office at 8:30 the next morning.  I am NOT messing around.  Blood sugar was 147 after some juice, which dropped to 62 within an hour. (WHAT?!) I don’t know what’s going on.This was 5 days ago and I still have no answers.  We were told to check his blood sugar fasting and again once each evening and call back with these numbers.  This morning, I relayed those numbers to the office nurse, who never called back 😦   Fasting blood sugars were all under 100, but he had a few spikes in the evenings that ranged from 80-170.  What does this mean?!?!  I’m totally beside myself at this point.

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I’m baAAaack!

Oops- seriously, how do 2 months just fly by?!  Well, it did. And now I’m back.  And hopefully, more regularly 🙂  Lately, I became so disgusted with having a pump that I completely gave up on my CGM for about 2 weeks and then proceeded in living without a pump for about 30 hours.  Needless to say, the experiment taught me that, yes, I am still diabetic.  I was so scared to eat anything- and realized that I rely with all of my heart (and sugar) on the mathematical genius of my minimed.  Oh, whoa is me that I have lost all recollection of carb:insulin/active insulin/bolus algebra.  but, I have a whole new appreciation for my pump and that in and of itself is a successful experiment.  🙂

And it all flew out the window...........My minimed saves me once again 🙂

so, does diabetes effect your driving?

I recently purchased a new car- and when I went to file the car on our auto insurance, I was informed that my license had been canceled. TWO. YEARS. AGO. What the…? Ok, so the problem was that I had missed the deadline for one of the medical checkups that the state requires.  This entails a physical and my PCP to fill out a 5 page document saying “yes, she can drive.”  Then, these documents must be mailed to the state office and filed. And THEN my license will renew.  Now, normal people (aka those WITHOUT diabetes) can walk into their local motor vehicle office, take a sign test, and congrats: you have renewed your license.  This is just another complication of diabetes.  Sure, we all know about circulation, kidneys, eyes, etc.  But, no one warns you about things like, oh, renewing your license, lows when cleaning your house, or dealing with you health insurance.  Speaking of insurance, has anyone had any issues concerning automobile insurance not wanting to cover you or requiring high premiums because of diabetes?  I haven’t had an issue with this yet- and I don’t know if there is really a need to worry- but it is definitely something to research!  I do have to say, our insurance policy was all started online and I don’t remember anything medical associated with the application.  I’ll research it a little more and get back with you! If anybody has any other info to add, just leave a comment!

Where, oh where did my will power go?

Oh where, oh where can it be?!  Well, it’s the New Year- which always brings me to thinking about health, wealth, and life in general.  I, of course, start the year out with a blood glucose range from 68-204 (not exactly that nice, straight line on the cgms.)  I don’t know if I have ever mentioned that not only am I diabetic (duh), but I also have a disease called Hashimoto’s.  I tend to chalk every ache and pain up to diabetes, when in fact, I have many different ailments that combine to make me who I am.  Recently, I was also diagnosed with PCOS– which I had a hunch was going on anyway- but, was confirmed after blood tests.  Wow. And I take an anti-depressant :).  So, long story short, I have a few bumps in my road.  I’m hoping that this year, I can shed some weight and get more active- I know, I know- what a resolution!  Well, here goes nothing!

Happy Holidays!

We are having a great holiday season, with a white Christmas included! I unfortunately had a migraine on Christmas day- but, didn’t let it keep me from visiting family and friends ALL day! I’m still recovering and haven’t had any completely obscene blood sugars- ranging from around the mid-50s (over bolus) to the mid-200s (faulty insertion site, dang it!) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you from Pumpgirl and family!

My diabetic excuse…

I have learned that I try and blame EVERYTHING on diabetes.  If I feel nauseated, I check my sugar.  If I have a headache, I check my sugar.  If that I just feel weird- I check my- well, you get the point. So, whenever things are normal on the diabetes front, I go straight into panic mode- thinking that the domino effect that diabetes can cause on your health has begun to happen.  So, long story short, I will always be effected by my diabetes- even if I am completely controlled and healthy.  It’s in the back of my mind that it is likely my eyesight keeps worsening, my energy is fading, and my patience is gone- all because of this disease.  So, as much as I would like to say that my diabetes is “controlled”- in all honesty, it DOES control me.  If it didn’t, I would have more peace of mind, a lighter purse, and at least one room free of rogue used test strips.  🙂

Uh oh…

I’m not getting sick.  I’m Not getting sick.  I’m NOT getting sick. I’m achy… my bgnow is 165… Oh Crap.

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