Monday, February 20, 2012

Lows in the night

I went to bed last night shortly after midnight. I'd been eating for a couple of hours trying to get my blood sugar up, and I thought I'd finally done it.
I woke up briefly around 7 am, noted that my blood sugar was slightly low, didn't do anything about it, and woke up again at 9 am when my mother checked on me. At that point I needed to go to work, so I skipped breakfast. Lunch made me high, probably because it was my first meal of the day, and I didn't correct it because I had taken insulin and because I knew I was going for a walk after work (a friend is training for a 5K and I walked with him and then by myself). I took 12 units when I was about half a mile from home and still around 190. Came down a bit before I ate, ate too much at one sitting, and am now going down again. I had raised my Lantus dose back to 7 units Friday night and kept it there Saturday and Sunday nights, but I just took 6 tonight.

Anyways, I wanted to show this Dexcom graph mostly because it shows me going LOW and coming up without treating it, and I do not have much of any insulin resistance today; the high from lunch did not keep climbing. This is pretty typical for what happens after I am low in the night.


Minnesota Nice said...

Jonah, I couldn't find an email address, so I'm answering your questions here. Thanks so much for sharing my joy with your comment.

I can get NO answer re the SS Disability. Every person I talk with has a different answer. The yesterday the health psychologist at the International Diabetes Center told me not to worry about it - that I have plenty of other stuff going on to qualify (???) But I think there could be some legal implications if I don't tell them, so I might go down to the local office this week.

Free time - well, now that I'm doing this exercise thing, it takes up a part of each day. I've sort of gotten into reading and photography. And listening to Dylan, of course.

I'm not planning on this lasting forever. But then that gives me an excuse to not take care of myself - if I'll be dead in the end, what's the diff?

When the lady at the nephrology clinic was making my next appt, she said "oh, did you have a transplant?" I told her they just got better on their own. She said "well, they probably just needed a rest".

As far as the other patients go, I think I'm going to write them each a personal note, saying I won't be coming back to that unit, but telling each how I drew on their strength and courage to get me through each session.

Jonah, I hope 2012 turns out to be a good year for you! Take care.

Nathan said...

I've experienced the rebound effect in the past, but it always troubled me that certain diabetes doctors didn't really believe that it was a serious factor. I recently had an overnight low that actually showed on my CGMS (I dismissed it in my sleep) and while I did have a small rebound, it wasn't as severe and didn't last as long as they usually do. I wonder what makes them more significant? I didn't mind getting on with my day, though...