Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Fan Page Is Live/Hello, Low

Balancing Pregnancy With Pre-Existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby now has a fan page on Facebook.

Become a fan, won't you?

In other news, I'm on to the stim part of IVF, where I inject a drug that amps up the follicles on my ovaries to create some good eggs. I've gone for two blood and ultrasounds already, and things are progressing as they should, IVF-wise.

WTF? I just tested and my blood sugar is 41. This is after drinking two juice boxes because I felt a little off and noticed my CGM said I was 85.


This is where I want to eat the entire bag of goldfish that we buy in bulk for our kid.

But from past experience, those little golden cheesy fish taste OK going down but they will send me soaring into the 300s a few hours from now. And the irony is that I don't even like goldfish all that much.

My mom just bought me a bunch of holiday-themed Lifesavers in packs that went on sale immediately after Christmas. I haven't used Lifesavers to treat insulin reactions in awhile but since I have a fistful handy, I'm now chowing a bunch down.

I can't remember a recent post when I've blogged while low, so hopefully this will be intelligible later on after I've posted it.

But yes, back to the fan page. If you're on Facebook these days, do become a fan. For no other reason than to make me happy when I check to see who supports my book and my efforts to illuminate the world about what it takes to do pregnancy with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

I just thought about that Flo Rida song Low and now wonder if that guy has diabetes. One of the lyrics in the song talks about "Shorty got low, low, low, low, low, low, low." I always thought he was talking about some illicit sexual activity on the floor of some dance club, but now I see clearly how it can apply to an insulin reaction. Get Shorty some Lifesavers! Or a juice box!

(See the brilliance that comes out when my blood sugar plummets?)

Now my CGM is merely reporting a LOW with an arrow pointing right, rather than straight down.

What I've consumed to treat this low:

--Two Fruitables fruit/vegatable juice boxes, 20 grams of carb.

--One handful of goldfish, no idea of the carb count since it comes from giant bag of the stuff we bought at a local warehouse club and I'm not in the mood to figure out how many carbs are in the handful.

--An entire roll of LifeSavers, approximately 11 candies, about 34 grams of carb.

This is way more than the recommended 15 grams of carb you're supposed to take when you first flirt with the low end of normal, which in my pre-pregnancy state is anywhere under 100 or so before bedtime.

Lemme test again....Ah, 66. On the way back up.

And I'm starting to feel somewhat normal again.

My CGM, on the other hand, just alerted me that I am LOW! BUZZ! BUZZ! VIBRATE!

Thanks for sharing.

Now I'll wonder if I'll go super high in an hour from that handful of pesky goldfish. Should I take a small hit of insulin now to counteract the extra carb? Even though I still don't feel quite right. I mean, am I going low again despite all the food?

Now my meter tells me I am 93.

The CGM? Still holding steady at 60.

Technology: why can't it be accurate? I'm only relying on all this stuff to KEEP. ME. ALIVE.

OK, the CGM is noting an upward trend of 91.

Off to bed. I'll hold off on the extra insulin for now.

(Though I just Googled it, and it doesn't appear, on first glance, that the rapper Flo Rida has diabetes. HOWEVER, he has some other song out called Sugar.)



Casey said...

great post. I love it! I hope you don't peak up at 300.

The Stylish Diabetic said...

Hiya - just found your blog a week or so ago and have been glued to the laptop since, reading it from start to finish. It is fantastic. But more specifically I think this particular post is hilarious and that you should consider writing your 2nd diabetes book (in case you hadn't decided to write another one, I just decided for you :-) ) all in a state of low blood sugar (of course this is probably not a great thing health wise) but from a content point of view, genius.

Good luck with attempts for Baby L the 2nd - look forward to hearing more about the journey.

Shannon said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. Now that I've found yours, I'm going to dive right in (and soak it all up)!


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