HOW I MAKE MISTAKES; EXPERIMENT # A MILLION:
i woke up in perfect range this morning (85), ate bfast and went back to sleep. when i woke up an hour later, my BG had spiked, so i took some extra insulin, despite having plenty IOB. i just didnt want to go into my swim prep with a high BG. boy was that a mistake. that IOB could have easily brought my BG down on its own w/out my misguided help ; live and learn.
then, when it was time to begin my prep, i still had .7 units on board, but i knew that i would have to bolus something to keep myself from spiking (again) from turning off my basal for 4 hours. so i gave myself another .2 units. that wasnt the mistake…well, not really. it was the combination of things i was juggling that made for trouble. a half an hour later, i had come down from 125 to 72. OMG. was i going to crash now??? so i shoved a Gtab into my mouth and chewed hard!
well, that tiny innocuous looking Gtab packed a lot of power while i had zero basal going. i went from 72 up to 145 by the time i was going to jump into the pool. obviously, i didnt need anymore Gtabs for my swim, so i knew i could swim as hard and strong as possible without crashing. and my thinking was, “well, my BG is high, but i can swim it down.” so thats what i did. i swam like a powerhouse.
the consequences were a large drop from 145 down to 105. no flat line. no even keel. just a drop.
now i know this isnt horrid, and i did have an awesome swim, but i like it better when i can have a more controlled BG level and i prefer to finish my swim between 70 and 90.
live and learn. next time i think i need more insulin, i will take my time and consider if i really need it. the same goes with popping Gtabs in my mouth.
stats for today:
1:20 BG 145
2pm BG 135
2:30 BG 117
3pm BG 105
3:30 BG 107
PS: almost forgot to mention something very important! i swam three days in a row this week, but i did not swim yesterday. i had been on a 95% TB during that time, and i even continued it for my day of NOT swimming. it was working perfectly straight through the evening, and before bed, my BG was 94. in hindsight, i wish i had shut it off then, seeing a slight rise in my BG. but i didnt think about it and just went right to bed with the TB still on. well, at 12:30am i woke up and my BG was 274 !!! i rushed to the fridge to get out my NovoLog IM pen. i stabbed myself with 2.5 units to bring me down ASAP. when i woke up this morning, i was fine at 85. now why did this happen? well, i asked eric, of course .
he reminded me that i had been on that lowered TB for 4 days straight. that i hadnt swam yesterday, and that i had been carbo loading all week. DUH. well, next time i am going to turn that TB off the second i see an unusual rise in my BG, no matter how small. you can bet on that one!!
Hope this helps someone out there in FUD cyberland!