I have to say, 90% of the time diabetes doesn’t really get in my way. I’m aware of it, of course – what Type 1 diabetic isn’t? – but day to day I’m lucky enough to feel well and healthy and full of energy. Most of the time my numbers are pretty stable, higher than some perhaps, but I made the decision to aim slightly higher so that I didn’t have as many lows (which I hate so very, very much).
Anyway, that’s most of the time. This weekend I had an absolute rollercoaster of a weekend with diabetes. Allow me to explain:
- Friday: I resigned from my job. The rush of adrenaline hit me in the evening and gave me high blood sugar. What a nice gift!
- Saturday: the day was pretty unexciting, the evening was my sister-in-law’s 30th birthday. Which meant lots of dancing, some chocolate birthday cake, and a high when I got home at 2am. I left it, knowing how much I’d been dancing, and went low at 8am.
- Sunday: Foolishly, foolishly, went back to bed at 8am, after correcting my low, without taking my morning dose of long-acting insulin (I was sleepy!) When I woke up for real at 10.30am and had breakfast, I took my long-acting insulin. I usually take it around 7.30 to 8am, so the late injection didn’t do me any favours – I was high all morning, despite going for a long walk on the mountain.
Then it kicked in. Alll afternoon, no matter what I ate, I kept going low. Until I over-corrected, and went high before dinner. Perfect after dinner. Super-low at midnight, when the late dose of long-acting combined with the normal dose of night-time long-acting.
Crikey moses! What a day.
This morning, thankfully, I woke up feeling fine (upside down blood sugar has been known to give me migraines in the past) and I am now determined to have the most boring food week of my life. Normal food, normal bedtimes, normal blood sugar (I hope!)
Have you had a weekend like this before? It makes me appreciate stability!
– Bridget McNulty