Monday, May 10, 2010
Day in the Life...By the Hour
3:30p: BG = 345. A-Ha! I KNEW it! Fine... Off to men's room to correct. 8 units. This time, nothing distracts me and the injection goes into my behind. I hope it orks and doesn't screw up. We'll see. Read some D-Blogs to calm down, and move on to a little more work before the day ends.
5p: Test shows 101. Perfect. Cut out from the office a bit earlier today, just in time to go out and mow the grass before the approaching storm sets in. Somehow, a sleeve of saltines finds itself into my hands... I snack on them, rationalizing that the grass cutting will level it all off.
6:30p: Though it's not a daily ritual, the lawn mowing needed to be done today. However, a Low interfered and forced a task-swap with Suzi while I went inside briefly and tested (a 48). Apparently, the correction worked and is still working from earlier. Munch on some Royal Rolls Fruit Candy that I got from my aunt for Christmas (a roll of six are 18g, so I eat them all.) Then, off to trim the sides with the edger. At least all the outside work is done before it rains.
7:30p: Pre-dinner test is now 165, so I'm nice and corrected from earlier. Time for second round of Lantus today, this time 10 units. Where to inject, where to inject..? Need to remember where the day's injections have already gone, so that I can appropriately rotate sites. I choose: a right leg site. Those usually work! And, it's dinner time! Heated up BBQ chicken breast from the other night, mixed veggies, three dinner rolls, and 1/2 cup of applesauce. Total carbs: 70g. Since I am on a 1:10 insulin unit to carb ratio, it's easy math this time (7.0 units). Plus, I'll grab my four daily pills from the plastic day-of-the-week pill case on the microwave since they evaded me before leaving the house this morning. Then, I'll let the insulin and food mix and hang together for a few hours.
10p: It's May. Time for a Law & Order sweeps episode! Dun dun! Sometime near this time, I usually plan on an evening blood test as I settle in for my last prime time show of the evening. Hopefully, I avoid the evening snacking that sometimes happens despite my best attempts. Usually, I'm be running a little higher in the 180s to low 200s or so if I calculated the dinner carbs and bolus correctly. But even if a tad higher, it'll come down by bedtime and be all good. Either way, I'm ready to watch Jack McCoy and Crew kick some legal butt. We make sure all the D-Supplies are sorted and on a commercial break I do a test, only to see the BG Verdict come in at: 51.... Dun Dun! Guilty... Guess I'll have to eat some more Royal Rolls this evening, after all. The D-Dance throws me a curve ball! Oh well. I'll do a little dance... get down tonight. Still going strong.
This next part is a predictive look into the future - an educated guess, based on experience:
Sometime around the Midnight Hour: After the evening news and Jon Stewart, a night-time test. Hopefully, the candy did the trick and my BG has settled into a safer level. If it's 180, I'll call it a night. If still too Low, a piece of toast with PB to get me through the night. May take in Keith, Rachel Maddow, or Hannity depending on what the mood says at this hour. Then, will hit it and get up for that 3 a.m. test to make sure before it all starts again.
This is a typical day, plus or minus a few unique aspects that happened today. Regardless of what is happening, the blood tests and injections only take a moment. A few brief seconds of of my time that really don't take away from anything. That's true. But the consequences, the emotional aspects, the mind-games and fluctations that are tough to predict each day no matter how similiar your actions are from the previous one, all throw your clock and daily routine off. It's never the same. At least not for me. And now you know. Take it as you will.