Tell Me a Story: Jason

2014 Diabetes Blog Week

Today’s topic is to write a poem and I am horrible at writing poetry. I picked one of the wildcard topics instead:

Click for the Tell Me a Story Wildcard Link List. Write a short story personifying a diabetes tool you use on a daily basis. A meter, syringe, pump, pill, etc. Give it a personality and a name and let it speak through you. What would it be happy about, upset about, mad about? (Thank you Heather of Unexpected Blues for this topic.)

You want a story? Let me tell you about Jason. You know Jason, from Friday the 13th? WRONG. Jason is really my meter. Jason is bad, bad, bad!

Jason with Meter

Sometimes, Jason lies or acts like the Diabetes Police. He likes to say, “you really should NOT have eaten that.” Or he tells you that you are high just because you touched something sweet.

Jason

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Oh Crap 399 – Oops!

Tuesday night I went up to bed about 10.  I have a dual-alarm clock that I set for 11 PM & 7 AM – two of the times that I take Levemir.  I woke up a little after 7 this morning without my alarm going off.  It didn’t go off at 11 either.  Someone forgot to set it!

I knew it was not going to be pretty, but I was NOT expecting this:

Blood sugar 399

 

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What Now? Crazy BS or DP?

I swear as soon as you get one problem solved, something else rears its ugly head! Since I got my new box of Levemir last week, my blood sugar has been fairly good other than when I decided to treat myself with some homemade peanut butter cups – I know, bad but they were good!

Monday was a very good blood sugar day and my blood sugar was in good shape when I went to bed Monday night. A friend of mine sent me some expired Dexcom sensors that she had so I am using my Dexcom again – even though the sensors are expired, they are doing really great. About 4:00 AM Tuesday morning, I heard the Dexcom beep. I have my high alarm set at 120 and it had me a little above that. When I went to bed, it was a little below my meter so I thought that I was probably higher than 120. I grabbed my meter and tested. I saw this on my meter:

AccuChek Aviva blood sugar 111

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I Fired My Pump Back Up

Animas PingI quit using my pump after the second one died last March. I only pumped for about 8 months before throwing in the towel. A big problem for me was site issues. I seemed to build up scar tissue pretty fast. I had sites fail fairly fast. It was rare to get 48 hours out of a site Every time I turned around, I was going high because of a failed site. The problems were not worth the good things about the pump.

Someone that read my problems with memory foam contacted me and she mentioned that she changes her sites daily because of the problems she had. I started thinking that could be an option for me also. It certainly would be worth trying. Whether or not I can actually get enough sets to change sites every 24 hours is a whole other issue, but if I can avoid the highs by changing sites at 24 hours, then that would make pumping worthwhile for me.

Back in December, I wrote about having problems with my blood sugar and it turned out to be the Levemir pen. That pen was the 4th pen in a box of 5. I didn’t have any problems with the first three pens nor with the fifth one. As soon as I changed the Levemir pen out, my blood sugar went back to normal. I had two good weeks of blood sugar and after opening a new box of Levemir, things were going whacky again. I did have the flu last weekend, so I wasn’t sure whether it really was the insulin or just me. I put the first pen in the new box in a baggy and started a new pen. I still kept having problems. Yesterday afternoon for my 3 PM shot, I decided to take out the third pen in that box. It was like I injected water, I just kept going higher and higher. I kept bumping up my dosage – I literally added 8 units to my total daily dose, which was almost 50% of what I was using.

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Pin the Tail on the Blood Sugar

Donkey KissI think most of us have played Pin the Tail on the Donkey as a kid, and if we haven’t played, we certainly know what the game is – we try to pin the tail on a donkey while blindfolded. Sometimes I think trying to manage blood sugar is kind of like that game. I think some medical and non-D people think that all there is to having good blood sugar is eating right and taking the right amount of insulin. Maybe in a perfect world it would be that easy, but so many things throw off our blood sugar it can drive you nuts trying to figure out which is the “right” thing.

Eating Face in PlateThis past week has been like that for me. My blood sugar started creeping up and kept creeping up higher even though I was taking more insulin. I haven’t had any Christmas treats so it wasn’t like I was eating stuff that I don’t normally eat. I am someone that pretty much eats the same thing every day. I eat about 60 grams of carbs a day. I know that food can safely be crossed off the problem list.

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Crazy Day

Blood sugar 394I didn’t do too bad with my blood sugar yesterday, but woke up to a 394 on my meter this morning. I still haven’t changed the time in my meter yet and it was actually 7:10 not 8:10. One of these days, I have to fix that! I was fine when I went to bed but decided I should probably take an extra unit of Levemir because I knew my blood sugar would start going up in the middle of the night. Guess I needed more than one unit.

My blood sugar started coming back down and I went to get on the treadmill. I was on it for about a minute or two when the power went out. It was only the power in the bedroom so I apparently overloaded the circuits. The first breaker I flipped turned the fan back on. My circuit breaker has a reset switch on and you have to hit things in a certain order or it doesn’t work. I guess I got lucky on my first try.

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