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I'm a glass-half-full type of girl. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, grave's disease and celiac disease in 2010 and life-altering allergies in 2013. I believe having a positive attitude is the only way to live with dis-ease. I also believe that life doesn't have to be PERFECT for it to be WONDERFUL. Dis-ease is expensive, so I live a frugal yet healthy lifestyle. This is just my blog; my day-to-day story.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Day of Lows- In Pictures

Ever have one of those days where your bg wants to stay low all day? If you are a T1, then of course you have. I only bolused twice today, first for my gluten free oatmeal at breakfast time, and then not again until about 12 hours later when I had a gluten free dessert. I also suspended my basal insulin for a total of 4 hours today. The rest of the day was "free" carbs, because my blood sugar kept falling low. The lows aren't fun, but it was nice to eat carbs all day and not have to take insulin. It was almost like old times. Even with over-treating the lows (at one point I ate 50g of carbs to correct), my blood sugar never went above 160 today. Here are the highlights, in pictures.

Getting ready to eat lunch when my newly inserted Dexcom sensor starts beeping. I look at it.

Hmm... wonder if that's accurate, because I don't feel any symptoms of a low. But just to be safe, grab a juice box and down it. Then proceed to check on my insulin pump. Shoot, I'm actually lower than the CGM is reporting.

CGM is beeping again. It's 49, with a down arrow. Feeling a little panicky about it. Down another juice box and ate a small bag of crackers; not follow "rule of 15." No way I'm waiting 15 minutes to eat more carbs.

CGM is now reporting 43 with a down arrow. Low bg symptoms in full swing. Sweating, shaking, blurry vision, leg pain, fuzzy thinking. I locate my glucagon kit and am getting prepared to inject myself. I'm panicked because I don't know at what point it's going to stop going low and start going up. Luckily, it the next reading it was headed in the right direction. Ate lunch and snack with no bolus.

Things are okay for a few hours, until...

Drank two more juice boxes. Things improved and then it was back to a normal day. The rest of the day, my blood sugar remained in the 80-120 range, even with eating a high carb supper with no bolus and later an apple with no bolus. I did eat a dessert and I bolused for that.

I didn't get to go for my usual 3-mile walk this evening because of the lows. Didn't think that would be a good idea.

Keeping bg slightly inflated as I head to bed tonight, and turning down my basal rate for the night, just in case it gets loosey goosey on me when I'm sleeping.

Bella the Corgi is already in bed. Now it's my turn. Night folks!

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