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.