I always test before a meal or snack and two hours post meal/snack. And I was surprised when my bloodsugar reading today was 211 prelunch. Yikes! What is up with that? For me, 70-120 is ideal.
It is that time of the month (sorry guys), and I did try a new type of cereal this morning. Hmmmm…And sometimes, there is just no simple explanation. I wanted to share this with you because diabetes and people are not perfect. We are gonna have good moments and not so good moments. And frustration.
I obviously, do not like the high bloodsugar reading, and immediately bolused Novolog insulin from my Medtronic Paradigm insulin pump into my belly.
To be honest, I have learned to accept the occassional high blood sugar, but they do scare me. I do not want to have complications from diabetes. So far, I have been blessed and have not had any complications after having diabetes for 38 years. Yay! Whew! But, I do all I can to ensure those complications will not sneak up on me.
And one of the things I do a heck of a lot is checking my bloodsugar frequently (10 plus times a day). Since I am so active and eat every three hours, I find it is the only way to truly monitor what is going on with my bloodsugars.
Testing does not even phase me anymore. I always have my blood testing machine (One Touch Ultra Link) on me. A lot of times I can actually tell what my bloodsugar level is based on how I feel, but I always confirm with a test. Guess it is reassurance for me. I don’t even use the finger pricker anymore. I just grab a lancet and prick my finger on my own.
Actually, I am thankful that testing has been made so easy. The supplies (test strips) are pretty expensive, but I have to have them. Hoping insurance companies will eventually realize that prevention costs less than complications. Testing is a form of prevention.
Well, I do not want to get off on tangents like health insurance.
I did want to say something about the frustration of having a high bloodsugar. Years ago, I probably would have freaked out for a bit, overcompensated by giving too much insulin, and then bottomed out a few hours later. Now, I find it best to take a manageable correction dose of insulin (via my pump), and then I try and figure out what may have caused the high bloodsugar so I can possibly prevent it from happening again. Fianlly, I forgive myself and let it go. I do not harp on why and how. I do the best I can. And that is all I can do. Let it go. Be kind to myself. Acknowledge I do an amazing job living with a chronic disease.
Okay. Testing is done. Bolusing is done. Time to go eat lunch…An almond butter sandwich. I love almond butter. It is full of heart healthy monosaturated fats, lowers LDL cholesterol (bad guys), provides vitamin E, has fiber, and tastes sooo good. It is caloric, so I do have to watch how much I eat. I am known for licking it straight off the spoon.
And I will leave you with that thought.
Take care. Test your bloodsugar, and try some almond butter.