Work reached fever pitch last week, as did I….
I had multiple bookings everyday for more than a week. Which is excellent. Long days shooting and late nights editing are absolutely fine when well. I rest assured that I’ll have some time off after a busy stretch. That’s how it works being self employed.
Typically, on day 2 or 3 I went down with a cold/flu bug. You just can’t make up the timing of these things, of all the weeks! I dosed up with cold and flu relief ahead of a very busy day shooting video, followed by photographing a corporate AGM business meeting that evening, and then returning to the office that night to start editing and sending the video through. I was still working come 1am, but called it a day shortly after. I returned to my desk at 7.30am the following morning to squeeze every working minute out of another busy day that lay ahead.
Continually I kept a watchful eye on my blood sugars. It was surprising how good they were considering how rough I felt. I think all of the work, the running around and the mental tension was keeping a lid on them, along with insulin corrections, barely eating and drinking plenty of water.
Thursday came, I felt so rough. You know when everything hurts. It was an effort to get in the shower let alone to try and mask the poorly face I was wearing. Thank heavens for concealer!! Three more days work ahead was all I could think….I finished my jobs for the day, and popped into a shop for tissues on my way back to the car, when I suddenly felt really peculiar….hit by a sudden wave of nausea, head spinning and the feeling of my legs buckling beneath me, I felt like I was going to pass out 😦 I clung to a shelf as the feeling washed over me two or three times. Luckily I didn’t pass out, and I bought the tissues but the whole episode made my blood sugars plummet. I just wanted to be home in bed, but instead sat and waited in the car until I felt safe enough to drive. Friday and Saturday were similar, flagging, I finished my work and went straight to the office to edit. Sunday came, 6 hours of editing and sending work. And then…..hoorah I made it, I could rest!!!
I don’t know what this bug is, it’s not your average cold, there’s elements of flu about it, joints hurting, eyes that can’t bear the light and a banging headache all the time. I still don’t know how I managed the past week, but I did!
I hadn’t needed to increase my basal insulin until Sunday. Sunday and yesterday are the worst I’ve felt, so I got my pump guide out from hospital and read through the sick day rules to familiarise myself with what to do.
For the past day and a half I’ve needed a +40% TBR and today I’ve a +50% TBR on. It’s a bit of a learning curve, as its the first time I’ve used the positive temporary basal rates for sickness. Hopefully today, my second day of rest will turn the corner on the road of recovery. Plus I’m under the excellent care of Dr Monkey PHD toast, tissues and cold n flu relief administrator!! Hey Monkey are you making tea?….
This week, 22 April marked one year with my pump!!
I love it! I love it for transforming my life, for repairing my eyes, for making exercise possible without hypo’s, for making me feel free again.
Ps: I’ve celebrated with a present to self, a new handbag!
Start on the right or wrong foot, and they really can shape a day…
My waking thought is, what are my blood sugars?….
When in range I bounce out of bed, when off target everything feels like a struggle, and my first thought is why? Is it my fault/did I do something to cause it? I beat myself up over it. But sometimes there aren’t any obvious reasons why, which can feel hugely infuriating.
It’s funny with Diabetes being about control and balance. It’s quite an art to balance, controlling blood sugars yet accepting not always having total control! *Said the control freak!*
Diabetic Clinic, Monday 9 March 2015:
HbA1c: 45 (6.3)
BG Averages: 81% in target, 3% lows
Top of my list for discussion with a DSN was *CGM, or Libre if the starter packs ever come back in stock again.
1. If I want a CGM?
2. If I want to be attached to two things, the CGM as well as my pump?
3. Would I want it all the time?
4. I realise the benefits but is it too much data for me?
5. What if I became reliant upon it? This scares me!
6. Which to go for..CGM or Libre?
7. Can I afford it?
I strive for the best control I can achieve, using diet and exercise – don’t get me wrong, I’m human and partial to a cream choux bun!…But I’m also aware everything has consequences! I’m obviously doing something right, but there’s always room for improvement.
Most of the time plenty of regular BG testing works, but there are two areas that rock my boat….possible hypos during the night (not all the time) and the effect of hormones, and exercise, all of which I want to investigate. I’m interested to see the fluctuations and what goes on during these times…CGM or the Libre being a way to answer some of these unknowns, especially as I never wake up for alarms set during the night.
My motto ‘If you don’t ask you don’t get!’
I asked the DSN if there were any moves towards CGM funding at my hospital, which there aren’t, but hospital could loan me a CGM for a week! Little did I realise I’d be going home with a CGM attached!!
So far….I’m still undecided. I wonder if a months worth of data is what I really need…or will it make me want for more!
Anyway, I can’t wait to look at the results next week when hospital download the data.
*CGM = Continuous Glucose Monitor, worn in addition to my pump