My Hat Was Kicked.
I woke up yesterday morning at a blood sugar of 158 mg/dl. A little on the spikey side, but no worries - after I breastfeed BSparl, I usually drop about 40 points, so I figured I'd use her feeding as my "bolus." By 8:45 am, I was down to 129 mg/dl. And then things hit a downward slide that I couldn't control.
Over the course of the next five hours, I tested several times and saw the numbers tumbling all over the place. At one point, I had to leave the baby fussing in her crib because I was attending to a 38 mg/dl. The next blood sugar I saw was 29 mg/dl. And then 61 mg/dl. And then 55 mg/dl. Hours were going by, and carbs were being consumed, but they weren't making a dent on the determined low blood sugar.
Dexcom wailing to let me know I was, once again, under 50 mg/dl.
Another blood sugar test confirmed yet another low.
Hours kept ticking by but I wasn't coming up. It took until 4 pm to see a blood sugar over 100 mg/dl, and then all hell broke loose on the other side. After over eight hours wrestling with a low blood sugar, my body decided to flip upside down and let all the hourglass sands go to the other side, sending my numbers up into the 400's. Why on Earth was I low for so long? And why did I rebound so hard after treating the multiple lows modestly?
(I keep picturing the carbs, hiding out behind my lungs, waiting to actually enter my blood stream and then all screaming in at once. "Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!" waging war, holding pixie sticks over their heads as they come charging in, full force, for the freaking rebound.)
Which, of course, happened in full force with a gorgeous 405 mg/dl around 9:30 pm. Yes, I lost track of time between 6 - 9 pm, when apparently the Dexcom graph shows a sharp spike upward. But still - low all day? ALL day?
You know it's been a rough diabetes day when your total dose from 7 am - 6 pm is only 8u, yet your 6 pm - midnight dose is 29u. Diabetes kicked my hat. Kicked it right-proper.
(We're definitely installing this emergency box. If nothing else, at least lows will be delicious.)