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That Escalated Quickly.

After downloading and uploading and reloading all my device data to Diasend, I’ve seen the Big Picture, and it kind of blows.

For a good, long clip, things have been completely fine.  In range most of the time, not too many gross lows, and highs were classified as an extended 180 mg/dL, with symptoms to boot.  Well done!  Diabetes on point!  Celebrate by shoveling snow!

But a hiccup here and there have given way to a slippery slope of fuckery.  My two week average a month ago was fine.  My two week average yesterday was gross and not at all where I want it (and know I can have it).

I’m glad I’ve looked at my data, because I’m not sure I would have noticed just how dodgy things had become.  (And a quiet but still curmudgeonish thank you to the need for a flurry of paperwork in order to get my new insulin pump through insurance approval, forcing me to provide blood sugar logs and other data points in order to convince my insurance company that yes, I do have type 1 diabetes.)

I didn’t realize how much higher my two week average had become until I looked at it and recognized the need for change.  Two weeks for me makes a big difference, because it’s in that time frame where I make crappy tendencies into crappy habits.  Ignoring high alarms is okay for a day, but not for a week.  Forgetting to pre-bolus can roll by a few times but more than that equals out to crummy postprandials.  Carby food choices that are lackadaisically carb-counted brings on the blood sugar roller coaster.

Eff that noise.

Time to deescalate this.  Quickly.  Before it becomes as piled on as the three foot mound of snow on the back deck.

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Dan #

    Hi Kerri,

    Being on of those right brain guys, my equipment gets loaded almost every morning. Breakfast is the first meal, with the best carb counts and the ability to remember to take any necessary medicine and load in the info.

    It can also lead to subtle discoveries. My third day on an inset is a setup for a failure. Also, where I stand relative to the amount of insulin and the utilization curve on the potency of the insulin. Keep it up, one can discovery some interesting facts which are very helpful in the management of this challenging condition.

    As always have a great day.

    02/16/15; 11:53 am
  2. Amy #

    Hugs and warm sunny dry weather to you! And more hugs.

    02/16/15; 1:45 pm
  3. I am sorry for the crappy trend you are experiencing right now, but I had to comment and say how nice it feels that someone else out there forgets to pre-bolus. I am very hard on myself for that… like, I eat and bolus many times every day, how hard is it to remember? The answer: quite (also, sometimes I just don’t want to wait on the snack sitting in front of me!) It’s made a big difference in my blood sugars in the past, though, and this is nice inspiration to get back on track with it. Best of luck to you.

    02/16/15; 3:16 pm
  4. Here’s to conquering some of that noise, Kerri. This is probably a big reason I don’t upload data nearly as much as I should, because I’m afraid of the noise and all the bad that will become apparent. Sometimes, ostrich syndrome is what I prefer… even when I shouldn’t. Best your way, on de-escalating and tackling the noise (and snow).

    02/17/15; 1:36 pm
  5. I wrote a post tonight about almost the same thing. For about 2 weeks now I’ve been noticing a trend of highs … and I don’t like it one bit. I am starting to feel it. And it’s time to make changes. Stat. Hope all is well in your world, friend!

    03/1/15; 12:23 am

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