Living With Diabetes is tough.
Constant blood sugar checks. Invading thoughts about what the numbers mean and whether that'll impact your day or task, and how so. Balancing snow shoveling or dog-walking with BG levels and what type of quick-acting sugar you might need to haul with you. Frustrations with insulin pumps, from low battery or refill alerts to wondering about whether the little speck of red near a cannula is hindering the insulin flow and causing your mood swings. Beeping Continuous Glucose Monitors. Math equations every time you consider putting food into your mouth.
To put it mildly, those daily routines can be overwhelming at times. We can drive ourselves nuts.
Diabetes doesn't give us a break, but sometimes we need a mental vacation - if even for a few hours every once in a while.
My slacking came on Tuesday, after a long day at work that only forecast what was expected to be an even longer deadline-heavy latter part of the week. Frustration with the D-Routine boiled over and pushed to the point where I just stopped caring at that point. I needed a night off.
A dinner-time blood test was 122 mg/dL. But that wasn't going to last long.
I was hungry and tired and stressed, and needed to just sit back and relax and not care. So, I ate a bagel-and-egg sandwich, munched on some oyster crackers, and enjoyed a cup of hot cocoa. Without bolusing.
Sure, I thought about it. But... "I just don't care."
Searching the cupboard later that night, I found a delightful surprise I hadn't planned for:
While they weren't the girl scout variety, they were my favorite style: Keebler Fudgeshoppe Coconut Dreams. Mmmm.
I became The Cookie Monster, gobbling up each and every one that was in that package. Nine cookies. Every two translated to 17g. Some milk to go along with them.
But I didn't do the D-Math, because...
"I just don't care."
Tweeting about this, the desire for cookies festered in the Diabetes Online Community and several indicated that they'd also been craving some of these. Ah, my slacking is contagious, I thought!
Only once, did I think twice about my carnivous cookie-eating and Tweeted about this.
"Scarfing down those massive cookies w/o regard for accurate bolusing might not have been the wisest move in playbook. (sigh)."
But, that regret didn't last. I was convinced this was a needed break in D-Devotion.
A few hours later as bedtime rolled around, a blood test revealed: 342 mg/dL.
I smiled, and didn't regret my earlier eating decision at all. The cookies were awesome, and just what I needed. So, I corrected and went to bed.
Slept like a baby. (my wife may disagree, but my rest was peaceful - and I thank the cookies!!!)
Now, I did wake up to a 300 (indicating the cookies took me even higher during the night), but still that didn't convince me I'd made a regrettable decision. My sugars came back into the 200s and finally 100s by early afternoon.
This was a needed mental break, and I'm perfectly fine with just letting go every once in a while.
You don't own me, diabetes. Yes, I CAN eat that and I'm going to. Go screw yourself, while I eat some cookies.