I switched to the pill version of the same type of medicine, but it still sent my blood sugar soaring the rest of the day. I didn't realize that even pill versions of the cough syrup would still have sugar in it. So, in combination with drinking tea and blowing my nose away, I was also combatting high blood sugars all afternoon. I finally set a temporary basal of 200% for 2 hours before bed. This seemed to help bring me down, but I never crashed (thank goodness!). I was still a little high all night (~140 mg/dL), but nothing compared to the 300s I was battling earlier.
I'm feeling a little better this morning, but I'm still battling the highs associated with the sinus pills. It's so frustrating to feel like I have to choose between good blood sugars or avoiding feeling like a helium-filled balloon from the sinus infection. Since I am feeling better, I'm going to try to delay taking another pill until I feel like I need to and try to get by with tea and sugar-free cough drops. I usually get one bad sinus infection a year that paralyzes me to the couch or bed all day, so I'm not worried about getting over this crud.
However, one thing I'm quite proud of is I didn't get (very) frustrated with the fact that I was having constant high blood sugars. I know it's not my fault, it's diabetes. I didn't yell, I didn't throw Constance across the room when she kept BEEEEEEPing at me that I was HIGH, and I didn't curse each time I had to go to the bathroom between the tea and water I was chugging all day long. I just tested, corrected, and went about my day. I know a few bad days won't ruin a stellar A1c, and I am sick--I should be expecting SOME high readings. But I'd still rather not deal with this at all; sinus infections suck, diabetes or not.
|My cough drop choice: sugar-free kiwi apple!|
Hope you feel better soon! When I am sick, I use Coricidin. It doesn't raise my blood sugars at all. Good luck! :)ReplyDelete
Oh crap, I hadn't even thought about the blood sugar ramifications of cold medicine!! Thanks for posting this and I hope you feel better!ReplyDelete
I hope you are feeling better today.ReplyDelete
Sugar free kiwi apple??????? Brilliant!
Sudafed & Mucinex are my go-to meds when I've got sinus issues. I hope you're feeling better for the holiday!ReplyDelete