Monday, August 24, 2009

Lows at the Supermarket

I know it’s only been a few days since I found out my A1C was 6.6, but my sugar levels have been great! No major highs and only a few lows. If I can keep this up for the next few months, I’ll be good for the next test. My latest low was actually last night at the supermarket. It’s funny because I’ll realize my level is dropping when I start grabbing sweets and things I normally wouldn't go for. After grabbing the sweetest cereal I could find, I checked myself and realized I was down to 56! If I had to choose a place I’d want to have a low like that, a supermarket would definitely be at the top of my list haha.

One thing I have to work on is not eating until I want to burst when I’m really low. For some reason this happens to me at night. If my level is down in the 50s, I’m craving everything in sight. I’ll start with a bowl of cereal, move on to a granola bar, maybe some more cereal and then some crackers and peanut butter, etc. It’s like I’m on an eating frenzy. Then of course by the time I’m feeling better, my sugar level is in the 200s! I’ve been trying hard to have more patience and eat one thing, wait a few minutes, then check to see if my level is any higher. It usually is. It’s all about self-control!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

My First Post!

I enjoy reading and hearing about other type 1 diabetics’ experiences and stories of what they are going through because I usually find it’s almost exactly what I’m experiencing too. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who gets frustrated when my sugar level is too high or too low or I’m not sure what to do when there are three courses to a dinner with each course arriving at different times, so I’m not sure if I should give myself enough insulin for everything and just hope I don’t get low between courses---or if I should just skip eating and save myself the hassle. So I decided to follow everyone’s lead and start my own diabetes blog and jot down my everyday frustrations and successes with the condition.

My latest frustration is my current A1C level. My doctor’s nurse practitioner called me earlier today to let me know she got the results back and they were not ideal. Apparently my A1C was 6.6 (it’s important to be under 7 but my doctor’s goal for me is under 6). Yikes. I felt so guilty on the phone with the nurse that I just kept telling her that I would work harder at keeping my levels lower. It was almost like I was begging her for another chance, like she was going to fire me from being her patient haha. Oh well. Hopefully next time I’ll be better!