Two words from the Diabetes Terms of Endearment that came to my mind this morning.
See, when I woke up at 5am this morning with Erik to get BabyK his bottle, I knew I was low. But I hadnâ€™t been alerted because my CGM didnâ€™t alarm. Why? Because it had â€œLost (the) Sensorâ€. Ugh. I guess I had rolled the wrong way and it couldnâ€™t get a signal. After checking my bg, and seeing the nice 44mg/dl come across the screen, I went into panic mode because it was then that I realized I was out of glucose tabs, fruit snacks, oreos, and juice. Lovely. So, I grabbed a glass, the milk, and the chocolate syrup in the door of the fridge. I figured, â€œhey, I donâ€™t get chocolate milk very often, and Iâ€™m sure it will bring me up, so Iâ€™ll endulge thanks to this low.â€. And I did. I probably lowbrainingly poured a full 2 â€“ 2 1/2 cups of milk and squeezed a ton of syrup into a tall glass and mixed it and chugged. Then, I found two mini- moonpies in the cabinetâ€¦ Not sure what flavor they were because they werenâ€™t the classic chocolate onesâ€¦ Iâ€™m not even sure of how long theyâ€™ve been in the cabinet either. I just know I was in a rage and ate those too.
Which I shouldnâ€™t have.
And I should have known that.
But I was tired and I knew I had to get BabyK so Erik could rest a bit before getting ready and going to work since he had worked late.
So, this morning, I got up after taking a two hour nap with BabyK and got ready, took him to the sitters, stopped by to get my breakfast and then headed into work (I try to get in early so I can eat breakfast before starting work).
Keep in mind that my CGM had not alarmed this whole time, so I just thought that I must have either been dropping really low in the morning, or my pumping right after eating offset what would have been a high.
That is until I checked my bgâ€¦.
I absolutely could not believe my eyes. This had to be a mistake. I donâ€™t feel high at all. No dizziness, no thirst (other than my need for my morning caffeine), no pukey feeling, no getting up to pee millions of times until I woke up, nothinâ€¦ zilchâ€¦ nada.
So, I told my pump to use the number to calibrate and I bolused based on this number. Then I thought, â€œOh gosh, what if it is a false reading?? Maybe I still have some chocolate syrup on my fingers from spilling the sticky stuff (I somehow managed go get it all over my hand, not just in the glass)!! I might have just over bolused! OH NO! Test! Repeat! Now!â€
And so I grabbed my alcohol wipes, rubbed down, and checked, and while the number came up, I looked at the CGM graph to see what it â€œreadâ€â€¦.
Ummm. Yeahâ€¦ so that answers why I didnâ€™t get an alarm saying I was high when I hit 200.
Technofailâ€¦ guys. This is why Iâ€™m scared to death of the artificial pancreas. I like having my CGM as a safety net, not as a main treatment device. Of course, it could just be my fault for calibrating while I was low, I donâ€™t know. I like having the CGM integrated with the pump, but I would like a bit more accuracy than I have been seeing with it. It seems to not be as accurate as the Guardian CGM was, and that is kinda upsetting. Hopefully Minimed will work on a better, more accurate, less complicated (re: calibration restrictions!) integrated CGM + pump system, especially with Animas heading into the market with their Vibe soon (FDA, ARE YA LISTENINâ€™ TO ME??? PLEASE APPROVE THE VIBE FOR MY FELLOW DOC PEEPS!). *Note: The CGM did correct itself after calibrating that massive BG.*
Diafailâ€¦ Yeah, probably had some user error in there (lowbrain pantry rage, anyone?)â€¦ but I donâ€™t remember having this â€œoffnessâ€ with my CGM, calibration error or not. But for this high, I canâ€™t blame the CGM. I should have never raided the way I did, and if I did, I probably should have had a â€œchaserâ€ (quick bolus to cover a rage session).
I guess itâ€™s just another day in the life with D.
(PS., Itâ€™s 11am, and Iâ€™m just now eating that breakfast I bolused forâ€¦. because now, I fear, I am plummetingâ€¦.)