Not as bad as you might think…
1. I don’t remember what I ate overnight that caused that plateau. And that’s scary.
2. No matter how bad it gets, stick the landing and carry on.
This is the face of a guy who installed two new light fixtures and a new mirror in the main bathroom, after paying a guy to put new tile down. There was also a gallon of paint involved in there too.
I still enjoy the fact that the biggest takeaway from my old job is a familiarity and comfort around basic electrical installations. Dimmer switches? Regular light switches? 3-way Switches? Vanity lights? Flush mount ceiling lights? No problem!
Okay, this is getting ridiculous.
I know there’s a running joke (that I probably started) about my managing too many Tumblr blogs, but I think most of them are justified. Obviously, I think Tumblr is pretty cool, but I’m still trying to figure out how to use that place for some kind of greater benefit to the diabetes community. I suppose if I can figure that out then I can use the “greater good” as some kind of justification for my insanity.
For those of you just joining me, let’s recap.
I’m not the only one that suddenly remembers to floss the week before my dentist appointment, am I?
This was taken 20 minutes before my dentist appointment this morning. The good news is no cavities. The other good news is my Dexcom alerted me to a rapid descent well in advance of my appointment, giving me time to take pre-emptive measures.
The not so good news is that there are very few juice-related options at a 7-Eleven that won’t end up with a weird taste in your mouth after 20 minutes of poking, prodding, and fluoride.
Part of me thinks that if I simply don’t go to sleep, things like this would stop happening.
Let me correct that…things like this, for three straight nights, would stop happening.
Remember when I said it’s important to listen to your body and take a break every now and then? I think that moment for me is rapidly approaching. This feeling is particularly strong after a couple of consecutive days like this, when insulin has essentially no impact on that stupid line.
Rather than carry on for a few more meaningless sentences, I’ll let reactiongifs.com summarize how I feel…
This morning I took a correction injection to deal with a persistent overnight high. Almost immediately after I couldn’t remember if it was 4 units of insulin or 6.
This evening I took 15u of Lantus before going to bed instead of my regular 10u.
Moral of the story? Friends don’t let friends inject insulin when they’re barely awake.
Take care of yourself, and each other.
The more you know.
Help control the pet population.
…I’m out of closing slogans.
This collaboration post with Sara was initially scheduled to be posted on another diabetes website, but unfortunately plans changed. Rather than have that time and effort spent be for nothing, we decided to post it our own sites. As always, thanks for reading!
We were lucky to be among the ePatients awarded scholarships to attend Medicine X at Stanford, and while our expectations varied going into the conference based on whether we’d been there before, we can safely say that the 72-hour sprint in Palo Alto will be on our minds for quite some time.
Bottom line: Medicine X is a conference unlike any other conference we have attended. In attending, we both came away with a new sense of purpose and a greater understanding that patient advocacy stretches far beyond diabetes, or cancer, or chronic pain: as patient advocates, we’re truly in this together.
Sara and I talked about Sonny Vu’s statements on the latest episode of my podcast. Rather than recommend you listen to the full podcast (even though you should, it was a great recap), I’ve pulled out the important part for the sake of this post.
I want to reiterate one of the closing remarks I made about this whole topic: Medicine X was the perfect setting to have this happen.
Medicine X is all about bringing pieces of the healthcare conversation together in an accessible environment. Under different circumstances, I would likely be too intimidated to talk to big time Silicon Valley folks, internationally known doctors and researchers, and people who have spent more time thinking about health care than I’ve been alive. Medicine X removes that barrier.