Have you ever been driving down the road and saw a buzzing neon store sign or motel sign?
Or had a lamp not quite plugged in all the way, and the light was flickering all weird and stuff, going in and out quickly and randomly? Where once there was a room full of light, but now, suddenly, there are quick flittering flashes of blackness?
Imagine thatâ€™s you.
Youâ€™re driving down the road and suddenly, there are split-second bursts of darkness.
Thereâ€™s a â€œloose connectionâ€ somewhereâ€¦
That was me yesterday, coming back from lunch. My insulin worked a wee bit faster than my food did, and I had gone from having a blood sugar of 156 to 40 within minutesâ€¦ with no symptoms other than the above.
Whatâ€™s even scarier was that I didnâ€™t think I had glucose with me. ( I later found a snack bag of gummies in my purse for times just as this.) I kept on going until I got to the gas station and got some food.
Yes, it was stupid of me to not have glucose tabs with me. Yes, I was irresponsible in the fact that I probably shouldnâ€™t have drove the rest of the way to get something, but in my mind, I had to get something and fast.
Whatâ€™s more upsetting than all of that, to me, is this. I asked the question during the JDRF Live show Monday, â€œIf we know we need better insulins and more accurate CGMs, why arenâ€™t we working on those first before the artificial pancreas project?â€ Why would I ask that, you might think?
Because my CGM hadnâ€™t â€œcaught upâ€ to the low yet. I was still reading 114. Even if my pump was equipped with LGS, it wouldnâ€™t have worked. My pump wouldnâ€™t have automatically suspended. I still would have been low.
Maybe Iâ€™m just on a rant, but seriously, I wonder how is the Low Glucose Suspend going to help if the sensors arenâ€™t accurate enough to catch these lows?
I understand that the JDRF has their â€œpathway-planâ€ laid out as to how they think the steps need to be followed, but I personally have to disagree with their plan. I mean, itâ€™s kind of like trying to build a wonderful house with laid with marble tile and crystal chandeliers on a foundation of rocks and sand, and then coming back to fix the foundation later.
Iâ€™m all for advancements in technology concerning diabetes. I really am. I just really hope that when it is available, the sensors will be more accurate as well.