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Posted: Jul 21, 2015
It’s rare for me to compose a #dblog that is not all “chirpy chirpy” … I think the last time I did one that was kind of down was at Diabetes1.org and sleep apnea testing. Sleep really is vital to everyone, diabetic or not … without a good sleep … well … we become exhausted, depressed, need I say more?
So, here’s the jist.
Basically, I miss Montreal … my home for the past 26 years (that the new owners just LOVE …. Urrhhh …. why did we make our house so cute).
The biggest thing that is hitting me for the past few months though is that finally I can admit that diabetes is bringing me down. I rarely will admit that, and am all smiles (damn they create wrinkles around the eyes … and I’m already feeling like I’ve aged 20 years in the past few months with stress).
My basal rate is almost down to ½ of what it used to be … and still needing to be tweaked. Why I’m become even more insulin sensitive is making no sense at all with the extra hormonal issues I’ve been experiencing that were making life the opposite. Has my body gotten used to them?
With the use of the Dexcom CGMS … I am now at least getting a better vision of where to tweak things … but what has finally dawned on me lately is … is with my basal portion of my insulin coverage pretty well covered (I mean … .450 / hr seems to be my average hourly rate) it maybe lowered if I continue in this hypo fairy land I seem to exist day in day out.
As we all know, hypos are exhausting, they leave you like a limp noodle, and the things you have set out to do that most people take for granted … get in car, drive to store, do your shopping … get on bicycle, go for a cycle, get active … go for walk … yadda, yadda, yadda. I think you get the drift. To do these simple tasks lately, I’m not able to do them. It’s bringing me down to the point where I had a friend force me OUT OF MY HOUSE, to go out for a trip with her (searching for green bacon along HWY 2 of eastern Ontario). That did help, but sadly, getting behind the wheel, even with my Dexcom alarm set at 4 (72) … is not much help. I am crashing in the blood sugar area … and luckily it’s not behind the wheel.
So, what dawned on me lately is that my other ratios I have been using are wrong for insulin coverage. I’ve upped my I:C (insulin to carb) ratio … and giving it a test … I see a few times where it will have to be upped more. Just like our basal rates are different from hour to hour on a pump … and this is where a pump is VERY handy. You’re sort of stuck with MDI (Multiple Dose Injections) … once injected … you are the insulin slave.
My other fear? Tomorrow, I am going to visit my family that I haven’t seen since last year. I’m driving alone which I never used to feel. It’s not far, but it’s that background fear of going low. So my CGMS alarm for going low is set abit higher for that drive (I usually have it at 4/72 … for driving I put it to 5/90 … to allow for any variance in the blood meter verification test). I did this last week when driving back to Quebec to have the Ontario MOT form filled out by my endo to certify me that I’m insane … JOKING … that I can drive a vehicle in Ontario safely. The form from Ontario really goes into hypo unawareness unlike the form my endo filled out for the province of Quebec last year for me. This all stems from Allan Makii, a T1D who caused a TRIPLE fatal crash while driving with a low blood sugar back in 2009.
So, as I post this blog, and I’ve missed posting them lately, but life has been whacky as you’ve seen … wish me luck … on sorting out my insulin requirements … getting my new home organised with help from my DH when he’s home … and trying to get out of what I think is one of the worst depression bouts I’ve ever had.
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Posted: Jul 22, 2013
I am really saddened at this news report of a woman (Revina Garcia) in Santa Fe, New Mexico - who apparently was having a low blood sugar (the news media is calling it a "diabetic episode") - which caused her to have a car accident.
Yes, many of you will go - she should have checked her blood sugar (BG) before driving - maybe she did - maybe she didn't - as the news video and article do not state too many details. Still it's very sad the way she was treated - and hopefully those officers who "attended" her - will in future - NOTtreat a person this way - before seeking more info if the person is not responsive (e.g. was she wearing an ID bracelet - wallet ID??).
I know that I am aware of my BG variations - I can tell when I'm going low - I can tell when I'm high (though sometimes when testing - I'm not high - but in a good zone - just dehydrated). I don't always test my BG before going on a short errand around town - maybe I should start this practise - maybe all of us should? When I am driving a long trip - by MYSELF - I am very anal about testing my BG - pulling over to check every few hours (this is where a CGMS could be useful). I always have quick acting food close by - incase I can't pull over safely. Do you do the same thing?
Here's the link - (http://www.koat.com/news/new-mexico/dashcam-video-shows-womans-arrest-during-diabetic-episode/-/9153762/21042682/-/n9uafd/-/index.html)
For more info on driving as a diabetic - you can check out the links below - that may help you understand more - why perhaps the police suspected Ms. Garcia had been under the "influence" -
1) American Diabetes Association - Diabetes and Driving
2) Canadian Diabetes Association - FAQ's on Diabetes and Driving
3) Becton Dickinson webiste - Driving and Diabetes
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Posted: Dec 20, 2010
NOT - like WHATEVER - is a term used by alot of people these days. Since I try to write in proper English these two words sometimes make me wonder what is happening to the English language. The definition of NOT as it's used in today's communication does not exist in my 2004 dictionary - but I did manage to find it of all places at Wikipedia.
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