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A Day In The Life Of Type 1 Diabetes: The Glucocoaster

September will mark 25 years for me with type 1 diabetes, but I still haven’t learned that an afternoon of lazy 200+ mg/dl’s that won’t budge, even after multiple boluses (and one really solid rage bolus where I actually grunted “You. Frigging. Diabetes.” as my fingers mashed the buttons), after repeated tests that showed climbing numbers … wouldn’t you think I’d inspect that infusion set?  Maybe just give it a peek?  See how things are doing there, on the back of my hip, where that 6 mm cannula is resting (hopefully) comfortably?

Oh, you mean I shouldn’t have waited until I smelled that distinct scent?  The one that smells like a cross between bandaids and the dentist’s office?  And then, when I dabbed at the gauze patch around my site and felt the dampness, I still didn’t really hone in on it because I was so high that everything was on like a 20 minute delay?

Wait, you mean this isn't normal?

Yes, I should have responded to the alarms on my Dexcom but I was so spaceshot, I didn’t.  Instead, I regrettably spent over three hours at about 300 mg/dl (the Dex was off, saying I was 400 mg/dl plus when I was actually 304 mg/dl). With, of course, the corresponding morning low this morning:

It's like watching my diabetes fall off a literal cliff.

And then the slight bounce after over-treating the low by about two sips of juice.  I understand the “glucocoaster,” but this is frigging ridiculous.

Today is a new day.  Today is a new day.  Today is a new day.  (I need to have that tattooed on my hand.)

*This blog post was originally published at Six Until Me.*


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One Response to “A Day In The Life Of Type 1 Diabetes: The Glucocoaster”

  1. Laura says:

    I really like this post, especially the pictures of the Dexcom. A refreshing contrast to the lovely “120″ that magazine ads for glucose meters always show. Yeah right.

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