Blog Entries With Tag: Dex4


Posted: Feb 16, 2014

I wrote this back on the 13th of February (no - not a Friday ) - my 2nd day of a 3 week holiday in the French Antilles (sailing for 2 weeks - 1 week on dry land).  Have a laugh NOT - especially if you've done a similar thing - but in my case - this was my FIRST time in all my years as a T1 diabetic (I was diagnosed in 1967).  Live and learn - right?  You'll find a link to Zouk music further down - which I found I quite liked.

It’s just after 22h00 and I was all set to go to bed after my basal shot of Levemir.  I’ve done something I’ve never ever done in my life as a diabetic.  I’ve read about it in forums.  I’ve helped people through their fear of what they’ve done - many of us have stayed up late in the night to help them thru' it.  Sadly, due to where I am in Le Marin, Martinique ... I’m stuck without access to high speed Wi-Fi – so unable to get onto FB to post in the appropriate groups – to have someone help me feel more at ease as I play this waiting game. 

I'm feeling very alone right now without my DOC (diabetic online community) and D-friends nearby to talk me through my fears.

What have I done you are wondering?

I’ve just injected my rapid insulin used for meals and corrections to my blood sugar aka bolus  – but it should have been my slow insulin injection aka basal.  Crikey – panic set into me at that point very quickly.   Why it did not dawn on me at the time I did this – as the needle seemed dull (it had been used all day to inject into the I-port for my bolus shots and was bent out shape) – is beyond my comprehension.  Double crikey!!!

Alot has to do with STRESS (you will see this word ALOT in this post) - being on holidays - different routine – which seems to be a thing for me as I become older (plucking my grey nostril hairs out).  Not like when I was younger – when travel was so exciting – and I didn’t seem to worry about diabetes the way I do now.

What stresses you are all saying?  .... "You’re on holidays - we aren't - quit complaining!!!!"   Well, one of them was getting in some of the provisions for the catamaran we are chartering  with some friends over the next few weeks in the French Antilles (the shopping market was so packed, itt was like people were preparing for a tropical storm).  Of course, it was a Friday, and people preparing for “les weekend”.  STRESSSSS – did I tell you that I’m not a big lover of crowds?   In my little brain I was playing Zouk music - to stay sane with getting around the cramped store with shelves fast emptying out.

Along with getting the car back to the rental agency before noon when they close (and sometimes they close before – things you learn about places you visit).   STRESS – if only we could have had a full 3 days rental (it was a total of 140 Euros – which to most North Americans – is ALOT of money – but then taxi fare from Fort du France for 30 km distance to Le Marin – is 60-90 Euros – so win-win situation for a car rental despite the return time). So, trying to get all we had to do before it was to be returned ... STRESS.

Top it with with trying to find a restaurant in Le Marin that night which realistically in the North America wouldn’t require 2 billion days advance for a reservation -  STRESS!! Yes, life in a foreign country can be fun sometimes that often differs from what we’re used to at home – but  ....

NOT as fun as when a diabetic injects with the frigging wrong kind of insulin!!! 

STRESS!!!

Alright – it’s only 4 units of insulin that I’ve injected – for some of you it doesn’t sound like alot – but I’m very insulin sensitive.  On average – I take about 25 units a day of insulin I use (when on the pump).   With the MDI method that I’m using while on holidays – I use less insulin – and average about a total of 5 units of rapid insulin for meals/corrections – with the rest being taken care of by a basal insulin of about 12-18 units a day depending on my activity, etc.    In my case, 1 unit of rapid insulin – takes me down 3.5 mmol/l or 63 mg/dl – and my reading of my blood sugar (BG) just before I decided to go to sleep was 7.4 / 133.  Except I still have 2 units of rapid insulin on board (IOB) – due to a pizza and a few sinful cookies that had high fat (yes - a no reservations place near our boat - thumbs up to Pizz'amis Martinique!!).  So who knows what will be in store for me over the next few hours.

Yes, I am staying fully awake – and I’m composing this #dblog for posting when I get back home in 3 weeks.  I’m Fing freaked out by this error.  Have not even fathomed if I should take my Levemir shot or not (as my DH was saying before headed off to bed – with an insulin pump this would never have happened – one insulin – no mix up with injecting with the incorrect insulin).  I now finally after almost 50 years of diabetes – know what some of you – who have done the same thing – feel like.  PANIC!!!

I’ve already consumed the breakfast guava juice (it’s about 30 grams of carbohydrates) – inhaled a few Dex 4’s  – I am playing a waiting game of making sure I don’t go into la la land – but hoping I eventually can get some sleep – since we have to move our bodies out of the quaint little hotel we’ve been at here in Le Marin.  Walk down the hill to the marina in the AM – with all the foods we aren’t having delivered to the boat (yuppers – found a good deal for someone to get some of the bulky stuff in for us instead of us heave hoeing it). 

So, if I can post this on Diabetes1.org without access to Facebook – this is what I’ll be doing.  If not – you’ll be reading this later on – when I have Wi-Fi access again – that is of better speed – and nodding your heads in agreement .... Been there done that ...

I hope to never EVER do this again – and will faithfully check the pen needle BEFORE proceeding with the dart board practise on my behind with my basal insulin.

 

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Posted: Oct 21, 2011



 

Finally, normal BG's - between perimenopause / fighting off a bug / stress from a recent problem with a blog posting at one of the websites I volunteer at - my fasting BG this morning was 5.9 / 106  - better then the last week with over 10 / 180+ readings.  Tweak of basal's in my pump - just by 1 1/2 units - makes a HUGE  difference.  Thank goodness for my insulin pump - aka Salvador Dali's  technology and my ability to use him to my best advantage.

It doesn't help that I've not been as active as I usually am - I've been doing more volunteering at some diabetic websites where I help as moderator - so sitting on my buttocks rather then running around like a chicken without my head on.  I have my fingers in too many pots when it comes to diabetes - so I'm having to take a breather from one of them - handed in my notice - but so far - the owner of the website doesn't seem to be allowing me to leave my post - and it's volunteer!!!  Urrrhhhh.  All the emails from other members that I can't leave is very nice and sweet - but still - when volunteer work starts to affect your life both personally and in the work area - that's not good.  We are such gluttons for punishment sometimes.

One thing I was amazed at when I was going over my basal rate at the ungodly hour of 02h00 this morning - was I thought I used more insulin during these days  - due to the weight gain I've had (I dare not step on the scales - I just know my belly is hanging over my waist band of my jeans - thank goodness for spandex in denim - a girls/guys best friend).  It turns out - I'm not using that much more  - the only difference is - for corrections of my higher blood sugars - I have been resorting to using my pen needle for larger doses of insulin - but that ony occurred for a few days this week.

The funny thing that had happened last weekend, was I had a bizarre hypo - unexplained - no IOB (insulin on board) - that came out of the blue.  It's the first time I've tracked my BG's within a 1/2 hour time frame.  I was that puzzled by how I went from 3.5 / 63 - and due to not feeling like myself - tested almost every 10 minutes - and watched my BG go down to 2.1 / 37.  It was really freaking - even more so - when I tried to get my hubby to help - and he wasn't able to.  Here I was sitting on thekitchen floor, screaming in frustration where to find my spare lancets to see if I was going up as I crammed Dex4 and OJ, and he can't find my hiding spots (I have since told him where ... again).  I'm so used to taking care of myself - that it's sometimes hard to let someone else help.

Ahhh, the life of a diabetic - it's such a roller coaster ride at times (I not only like roller coasters - but also tight rope walking as you can see by the picture) - but as I type this out - I'm smiling - since in away - it keeps me on my toes - and ready for the next adventure in life.  I have to look upon these things in a humorous way - it's how I deal with my chronic condition.

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Posted: May 11, 2010


I guess you would say that I've got a horse shoe up my ass as far as hypos or lows go.  As a child I was probably running in the medium / high range for blood sugars (BG's) since in those days generally we only injected once a day with a long acting insulin.  No fancy stuff like today with basal (Lantus/Levemir) or bolus (NovoRapid/Apidra).  Also, A1C's weren't available to the general public until the late 70's and urine testing at home was the only way to see how you were doing (depending on how long that urine had been sitting in your  bladder <lol> ).  Having low BG's really only started to effect me when I entered into my 30's  and I decided to become  more tightly controlled with MDI (multiple doseage injections)  with testing my BG's more frequently.
 
My Mum used to pack Sunmaid raisins into my school bag for those times when I might need a low.  I still love those today, but I try to be careful when I am having a low, that I don't eat too many!  I'll have a few nuts / cheese afterwards to offset all the sweetness and hopefully cause less tooth decay.
 



My other favourite treat when I'm low as a child was Life-Savers.  We all know 4 of those sweet little candies equals 15 carbs but the only problem with these, it is hard to stop at just 4!  The next colour could be my favourite flavour (green). Shovel, shovel, shovel!!!  Rebound later on :(

Life Savers


Urrrhhh!!! Now you see why I detest hypos along with leaving you like a limp noodle.  I really don't have any favourite type of food to deal with them - Dex4 is pretty well what I carry with me all the time or a juice box.  I just don't like being low, plain and simple, I'm not myself and it's a fight to struggle back to normal.  Also, to have a bad low, and being semi-comotose  at the same time  I   don't usually recall what the heck I'm eating.  Ugh!
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