My Bigger (Average) Piece Of The Pie

So another week another set of readings and data to go over. I have to say this time it is not too shabby. I am happy with my average graph, as you can see below:


My numbers are going good, save the 25th-don’t know what was up with that day, and my only out of bounds time was around 4. All in all I am happy that I am in the green zone more than not. Now another chart that I like to look at are the Distributions and Statistics, i.e. Pie Charts. Now I was never a fan of pie charts in school or in work presentations but I have to say for my bgs (blood glucoses) they are pretty helpful. They sum up everything in one quick circle. Have a look:


The white part is what I am most happy about. Lately the yellow has been taking over and that is not good. Finally the white is taking over (that is good) and is greater than 50%. I don’t mind the Orange so much because I am ok with those levels, I can still function and just need a little glucose to pick me up. The reds are always annoying and sometimes scary. Don’t get me wrong, I have never passed out or anything but I just hate it when I am low. I just feel so…icky.

The only way I can describe a low bg is that it is life sped up. You would think it would be the opposite since you are LOW but nope, for me everything feels like it is moving at 100MPH. The lowest I ever remember being is 39 and that was a long time ago. I have had a 43 here and there lately, scary but not bad. The funny thing is I will feel fine (some call that hypoglycemia unawareness) and then test my bg and see the low my heart starts beating 10 times faster it seems. There is a thought in my head of “Need something and need it NOW!” though thankfully I keep a level head. Recently I have discovered the wonders of Dex4’s Glucose Ligquid Blast. These little bottles pack a punch of glucose in 2 ounces and bring me up in a matter of 2-3 minutes. Normally I would take a few Dex4 Glucose Tabletsbut I find those chalky and they take about 5-10 minutes for the full effect to hit me. That extra time just gives me more time to worry. That is the other thing with lows, for me at least, is that once you have one you feel like you need to eat every piece of sugar in site right then and there just to raise  your bg. That is the panic. Once logic takes over I realize I just need a little something and all will be fine. 9 times out of 10 the logic kicks in. There have been a few times where a low lead to a high and then that just creates a roller coaster.

So you may ask yourself (or ask me since you are reading this) what does a high bg feel like? The way I like to describe it is think of normal bgs as water in your veins. Everything feels and runs smoothly. With a high bg it feels like you have ketchup (or catsup if you like) in your veins. Not a pretty vision but you get the idea. When your bg is high life slows down. You feel tired, sometimes sick, and thirsty…very, very thirsty. Extra insulin helps bring down the high but insulin takes time and meanwhile you are still thirsty. So you drink anything sugar-free you can find within reason of course. Once your bg returns to normal you start feeling better, you get some energy back , and the water in your veins feeling is back. Too bad you are left with everything you just drank! Yeap, you guessed it, high bgs lead to a few more bathroom visits. I don’t mind that at all. One of these days I will type up my diagnosis story, now that was some scary and crazy times. Still hard to believe that was 20 years ago.

Life has been a little crazy lately and I really hope things calm down in the next few weeks/months. Life, like my diabetes, is in my ultimate control and it is that control I refuse to give up.  And to end on a happy note, here is your awwwwww picture for the day. Our dog, Roxi, asleep in the car this past weekend on our trip back from San Francisco.


About 1setatatime

Born and raised in San Francisco. Lived in SoCal for 11 years and have moved back to the City by the Bay. Type 1 Diabetic since 14 and still going stron!
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