All types of unexplained craziness

Since completing my DAFNE course, I am fairly pleased with how my sugar levels have been. Except for two days this week. One day, I had incredibly high levels, for no reason. The next day, I had incredibly low levels, for no reason. 

Thursday was an inconvenient day to have unpredictable levels. The plan was to try out a new zumba class. I am obsessed with zumba at the moment. If I didn’t have Paul to keep me company, I would probably go to a zumba class five days a week! 

My pancreas seems to know the best time to make life difficult for me. Thursday, 5.30pm, was dinner time. Testing my sugars as always, my monitor displayed the rather worrying figure ‘15.3’. Darn it. At least a test for ketones came back negative. As my mum says, always look on the bright side! I took a 2 correction units, ate my dinner, and away I went to my zumba class!

I hate being late anywhere, so good old me, I turned up to my class half an hour early. Ok, a little bit early. Testing my blood would kill a minute or so. I wish I hadn’t. A very angry ‘3.1’. Thanks, pancreas. A guzzle of lucozade and a couple of dextrose tablets sorted me out. I called this a victory, as my bg level was 7.7 after my zumba class. All hail my hypo treatment strategy! 

So, Thursday was my day of highs and lows. Friday then, was my day of lows. Probably because I did one too many units of insulin with my evening meal, I dropped to 2.7 at 9pm. This was a big shock to me, as I was only testing before taking my background insulin. I wouldn’t have tested otherwise, because I felt absolutely fine. Poor Paul, rushing around trying to get my hypo treatment to me as quickly as possible. And then me telling him I didn’t want haribo sweets, I wanted my yummy lucozade! I don’t think I sounded like a spoilt brat at this point, I just wanted to taste Orange lucozade, I lived on it before I was diabetic! I over treated this hypo, as my monitor told me my bg level 2 hours later, was 11. It was worth it though, I LOVE Orange Lucozade! Correction dose taken, and to bed I went. 

I’m not sure what’s causing my sugar levels to go haywire these past few days, I just hope they start to get back on track soon. It’s tiring, having such high’s and low’s. 

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Still Ill

Does the body rule the mind
Or does the mind rule the body ?
I don´t know….

These lyrics are from ‘Still Ill’, by the Smiths. One of my favourite bands. My IBS have flared up once again and the lines  sum up how I end up feeling whenever I’m ill. I won’t bore you with every detail of how I’m feeling. I’ll just say that it being ill sucks.

My first week, trialing DAFNE principles in real life, seems to have worked relatively well. I may have to change my lunchtime ratio, but I am pleased to say that I gave myself the correct amount of insulin for two pizzas (pizza two days in one week, naughty me!) and the most amazing Indian takeaway! Hurrah! If only I had been on the course months ago when I first went on insulin…

I’ve wasted today, being ill, so I’m really hoping tomorrow is a better day. A trip to IKEA is needed, as I broke my lovely green lamp 😦 RIP Little Green Lamp…

Graduation Day

I graduated from university four years ago. I earned a BA English & American Literature. This week however, I also became a DAFNE Graduate, after only 5 days. Yet, this was arguably a big a step as graduating from university. 

I’ll admit I was a little skeptical about having 5 days to learn about ‘carb counting’. Surely there is only so much you can be taught in a classroom, about counting the amount of carbohydrates in the food we eat?

Thankfully, my attitude changed quickly over the course of the week. I have learnt so much more than I imagined possible! I was shocked at how little some people with diabetes, actually know about the ‘disease’, despite having to cope with it every day of their life, for the rest of their life! 

Fast forward 5 days, and here I am, confident that this course has changed the way I think about my diabetes. No more missing out on alcohol or takeaways, no more forcing myself to eat when I’m ill, and more control in my life. 

Safe to say, I’m feeling pretty optimistic at the moment. I’ve given myself 6 months to get my HBA1C to 6, and I really think I can do it!

Au revoir, bad diabetes control!

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Can’t believe I was allowed to treat myself to one of these at the end of the DAFNE course! Yum!

 

Welcome to Diabetics’ Anonymous

My name is Louise and I have diabetes. The end.

Not quite! I have had diabetes for nearly two years and for me, life is just beginning. I have been reading a lot of blogs recently, and have felt inspired to share my experiences, as we all know that every single person living with diabetes, will have different stories to tell.

I’m not going to blurt out the story of my life, I wouldn’t put anyone through that. I do hope though, that people can read my blog and feel a sense of relief if they, like me, are struggling in their journey with diabetes.

Starting this blog comes hand in hand with me starting my DAFNE course this week. I really hope I get a lot from the course, as I confess that I’m beginning to feel at my wit’s end, when it comes to my diabetes and health.

If you have diabetes, or know someone who has it, I’d love to hear from you!

That’s me, over and out. Time to waste my evening doing not a lot!

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Big cheesy grin for you, for reading my post