Rinse and Repeat
Bolus. Eat. BG Monitoring to follow.
Rinse & Repeat.
Just like I have for a lot of years.
Simply enough, right?
Not so much for me, apparently. At least not lately.
My newest habit appears to be forgetting at least one of those two important parts, totally throwing off the third leg of that three-part routine.
The monitoring part doesn’t exactly turn out the way it should, thanks to the lack of one of those key influences that makes the numbers go up and down.
Usually, it’s the first.
Taking insulin for breakfast before I head out of the house in the morning, and then walking out the door and forgetting to grab the toast, pastry or mini-muffins I’ve already bloused for.
Bolusing ahead of time for that morning trip to Starbucks and then, upon seeing a long time-stealing line at the drive-in and being too lazy to go inside, I cancel the plan despite.
Planning to make up for my earlier forgetfulness by grabbing a vending machine snack at work, yet realizing I have no spare chance or dollar bills on hand. And then totally getting side-tracked once I make it to my desk.
And so many more examples.
Of course, sometimes it’s the second carb-consuming part.
The whole carb calculation and eating food” part plays out fine, but it’s the forgetting to actually push the pump buttons and make sure the insulin is delivered that is the issue. And then not realizing there’s been a dose until the high BG hours later.
We’re not talking rocket science or memorizing the periodic table here… it’s simple cause and effect (what’s with the science blog talk…???). Should be too tough, yet it’s a common occurrence in my own D-Live.
And probably many others.
I often read posts and hear parents of Children With Diabetes come down on themselves for forgetting in one of those two ways and then feeling all guilty. Like they’re the “worst parents in the world” and it’s like some crime they’ve committed.
Hey, it happens. To us all. No matter the age. So, CWD ‘rents: It’s no big deal. You haven’t lost your superhero-ness. You still rule. (as I reassure myself of this simultaneously).
So are the days of our D-Lives.
Now, I’m off to check my CGM and meter to see if I’ve managed to miss a bolus or carb consumption any time recently…
Rinsing & Repeating.
I will admit to making those same mistakes sometimes- my newest common mistake seems to be leaving insulin and/or syringes at home when going to work and occasionally I make the huge mistake of packing too few (or no!) fast acting carbs. When that's happening, it does me some good to buy a lot of candy to leave around (because of extra hypos while forgetful), be a little bit more conservative with corrections, and write down what I'm doing (which for you pumpers is probably not even an issue).