Today is day 2 and the topic is "One Great Thing" for Diabetes Blog Week
For more posts on this topic go HERE.
"Living with diabetes (or caring for someone who lives with it) sure does take a lot of work, and it’s easy to be hard on ourselves if we aren’t “perfect”. But today it’s time to give ourselves some much deserved credit. Tell us about just one diabetes thing you (or your loved one) does spectacularly! Fasting blood sugar checks, oral meds sorted and ready, something always on hand to treat a low, or anything that you do for diabetes. Nothing is too big or too small to celebrate doing well!"
I call it the "parachute landing" and I've perfected it over the years.
Let me explain.
When my blood sugar goes super frustratingly high, I can't handle it. I am very sensitive to highs and when I get into the high teens (16-20mmol/l - 280-360mg/dl) I suffer a lot. I get awful cramps and extremely bad nausea. I get disoriented, dizzy and foggy. I hate that it takes 10 minutes to recover from a low but 4 hours to recover from a high. I don't have patience to wait and suffer. I used to just (1)rage bolus and then suffer the resulting low.
Then over the years I've developed the "parachute landing". I still rage bolus. I'll give myself two or three times what my pump would recommend. Sometimes I just slap that sucker with 10 whole units via syringe. I want to get that BSBG (bullshitbloodglucose) down as fast as fucking possible. Then I monitor carefully. I test every 15 or 20 minutes until I catch the plummet. Then... like the superstar bad ass diabetic mother fucker that I am, I eat something RIGHT before I come smashing into the ground. I eat just enough but not too much to land softly and carefully in a soft mossy knoll (in my imagination).
Like a pro lands a parachute.
I've gotten really good at it.
See how the person comes flying down really fast and right before the earth breaks their teeth they pull up on the reigns and float so effortlessly and softly down.
(1) Rage Bolus: The act of suffering from a high bloodsugar for an extended period of time or for an unknown reason and the retaliatory insulin dose. Often times results in a low bloodsugar.
Go to The Diabetes Terms of Endearment for more definitions.