I'm afraid of lows. I'm so afraid of lows that I sometimes will eat something and not bolus, only to find I'm sky high 2 hours later. Such was the case yesterday.
Less than two hours after my lunch of a PB sammich, Sun chips, and a Babybel, my eyes were feeling dizzy and I could barely read the words on my computer. I had a colleague coming to help me set up some executable files, so I did a quick test: 72. Not low, but I felt low. So I reached into my desk and pulled out a grape Juicy Juice, 16 g of quick carby goodness. Shortly afterwards my colleague came in and helped me get set up on my new project. Thirty minutes later he leaves and I test again: 126. "That shouldn't have happened," I thought. "I didn't over bolus for food . . . did I?"
Around 3:00 PM, I decide to have my afternoon snack--Fiber One oats and chocolate bar, yum. However, fearing a low later before my 5:30 PM softball game, I decide not to bolus. Stupid stupid stupid! "It would only be 2 units, how high could I go? Should help before my game, too." Rookie mistake.
I arrive at the field at 5:00 PM dressed and ready to warm up. I test before I get out of my SUV: 213! "I'm sorry," I actually said to Arnold. I know better than this. I know it's better to bolus and THEN disconnect before a game. I was torn on what to do next. "Do I correct and risk a low during the game? Should I not worry about it and try to exercise it out? But that might mean I can't drink my G2, and I still need some hydration." I decide to correct and immediately disconnect, a good 10 minutes before I start to really exert myself.
I worried about going low, so I kept a mental check on how I felt after each inning. However, the excitement of the game made me completely forgot about going low (it was a tight game that we lost in the last inning, boo!). I barely drank half of my G2 before I get back in my SUV and test: 131. *sigh of relief*
I didn't go low, but I very well could have. It was a rookie mistake to not bolus that far before a game, and I knew it. I know better than that. So why did I do it? Because I fear lows, and always will.
Hey, even pros make mistakes, right? And I'm still in the minor leagues here.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, nurse, certified diabetes educator (CDE) or any medical professional of any kind. (But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express!) Therefore, please do not use any of my postings as medical fact. I am simply a blogger expressing my highs and lows (pun intended) with diabetes. For changes in your medication, exercise regiment, or diet please consult a qualified physician.