Leap of Faith

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Those moments during a calibration (or a restart after seven days) that I wonder what happens behind the scenes. After seven days of (nearly) continuous data, I have to wait a little under three hours to resume my data obsession. A little under three hours before I can resume checking the receiver every 3 minutes despite a five minute interval between new data points.

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Carb Guessing

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I understand and respect what Subway does to strategically position itself against its competition. I also understand that diabetes is becoming an epidemic, assuming you don’t consider the rate of diagnoses worldwide to have already reached epidemic status. But Subway doesn’t understand that while calories and fat and sodium are all important nutritional values, carbohydrates are the most important value.

My insulin dose depends on that number. That number impacts the rest of the day’s blood glucose readings (obviously including meals prior and post). While some restaurants offer full nutritional information (rather than hide everything or give the bare minimum) I won’t be carb counting at each meal – I’m carb guessing.

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Off Color

I take pride in my ability to grow a full-connector. Because stubble is “in”, I can take a trimmer to my entire head and be done with hair maintanence in a matter of minutes. The only difficult spot is about an inch or two behind the top of my head.

True story: I decided to quickly cut my hair before going to my morning classes at Virginia Tech and missed this previously mentioned difficult spot. I didn’t realize my misstep for about 4 hours. Yikes.

I don’t consider myself a particularly vain person. I do what I can to keep myself looking not disgusting and when the situation calls for it I think I can clean up quite well (see: Sister’s Graduation). However, I found something disturbing one day looking at the bathroom mirror. Rather than bore you with text I took my turn at showing my lack of artistic ability with the lovely and standard-issue Microsoft Paint.

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I am Smart

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No matter how much routine and consistency I try to build into this life with diabetes, diabetes always has other plans. Not that diabetes has a personality or an agenda, but sometimes it makes things a bit easier. Instead of battling a disease with no explanation and no cure, sometimes butting figurative heads with something that looks like Sir Wilford Brimley is a lot more…comforting. This, despite diabetes’ attempts to make me feel like a dummy.

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Neglect

Every time I intentionally neglect or ignore a high or low alarm from my CGM I can’t help but think I don’t deserve this technology. With so many people fighting their insurance companies, I feel like I’m wasting the benefit of what this device can do for my diabetes management.

Maybe it’s been the rough day and half of completely non-sensical blood glucose readings. Maybe it’s a mini-burnout. Maybe I need to stop starting sentences with maybe.

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Bendy Straw

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After a glucoaster like this, a bendy straw is the only true remedy.

The fun part of that second peak is that I took 3 injections during that ride. One before crossing 200. One around 250. And one more, that in theory was a bit too much insulin, just as my blood glucose started to level out at the top. I suppose last night is where that “insulin on board” value would have come in handy.

I hate diabetes.

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