This week, there has been LOTS of changes going on with me. So much that my head is spinning, with numbers twirling around my head like little birds.
My glucose levels have been doing some pretty weird things the past few weeks. This week was the worst. I was constantly in or above the 200â€™s, and no correction or temp basal increase would bring it down. I finally had to double my rate at one point just to get down to 150-ish! When I uploaded my Dexcom before figuring my rates, I got really upset. Everything was floating all over the place and my averages where high. I broke down in sobs because all I could see in my mind was my wonderful 6.8 A1c floating out the window. Funny thing is, I got so aggravated at trying to figure out what was causing it, that I named the new basal rate the WTFreak rate. I know, itâ€™s corny, but I liked it. Now, the bgs are getting more in line, but with quite a few lows as well, so Iâ€™ll be doing more math to refigure my basals once again. The highs and lows have been really hard to treat for some reason. My highs are taking a lot more insulin to bring them down and my lows are taking longer to come up. Two nights ago, Erik and I stayed up a good two hours eating various foods to try to get me to come back up from my 40 zone that my bg was determined to stay in. Two Oreo Double-stuffed Halloween cookies, half cup of orange juice, one cup of milk, and half of a peanut butter sandwich later, I was finally on my way up. And only topped off at 200 (imagine me adding sarcasm there..)!
The hardest thing for me to learn right now is how to compensate for workouts. Since getting the Wii Fit Plus and the EA Sports Active, I have been trying to workout each night. The Active doesnâ€™t take that long, usually only 20 minutes at the most, so I will add in the Fit Plus (I LOVE the hula-hoop and dance in the aerobics section!!!!). My only problem is that after about 10 minutes into my workouts, I am low. I know I need to change my basals anyway for that time period, but how do you compensate for 30-45 minutes of exercise too? Lower by 50%, 30%? Time to get the math figures going again!
And, finally, after much thought, I have come to the conclusion that I need to change my goal. Instead of trying to lose 40 pounds, Iâ€™m shooting more for 30. That way Iâ€™ll be back in the healthy range without trying to set a goal that I may or may not be able to reach. Not to mention with the lows Iâ€™ve been having and eating more than my Weightwatcher’s daily allowance because of snacks, it makes it that much harder. I know I can reach the 30 mark, so Iâ€™m set it for that and celebrate even more if I pass it. Whereâ€™s The 40 will change to Whereâ€™s the 30. I did gain this weekâ€¦ 1.2 pounds, actually. Iâ€™m not too terribly upset considering I know itâ€™s because of overeating on my part, and maybe even some muscle weight (trying to be hopeful and optimistic hereâ€¦)? Iâ€™m not in any rush or time frame, so I will get there when I get there.
But, even with all of the issues that diabetes has thrown me this past week, itâ€™s all good! Itâ€™ll be better next week, Iâ€™m sure of it.
By the way, did you notice the webpage change, too?