diabetes management

Diabetes vs. Cortisone

This has not been a good week for me and Dear Diabetes. In the last five days I have had 55-60 total units of insulin shooting through my body. Of that, 30 units is continuos basal. That’s a lot. To put it into perspective, normally I average 17-21 total daily units of which 12 is basal. Right now, I am triple dosing. Yet, my blood sugars are high. Abnormally, dangerously high, unable to crack below 13 mmol most of those days. Generally, I am rarely above 10.0 mmol. The resistance is strong. The culprit: a cortisone injection in my right hip joint that was administered Thursday morning to counter the effects of a labrel tear. Apparently it is well known in the medical field that cortisone (and other steroids for that matter) can often wreak havoc on diabetes management. Yet, I was never made aware. Not from the surgeon who …

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Diabetes insta-photo

I’m what some might call a quasi lazy diabetic. Despite the fact I am OCD when it comes to obtaining BG perfection with my blood sugars, testing, on average, at least 12 or more times a day, I’ve been known to let the ball drop when it comes to physically recording my blood sugars, and for that matter, my insulin doses. For years I relied on the memory of my machines, only bringing them out on the hour drive to my endocrinologist’s office, frantically jotting a month’s worth of readings down while my moms drove the car. And when I got the pump, I’d make changes to my doses on the pump, but I never kept a file of what those doses were. If the pump was ever to crap out and revert back to factory settings, like it did recently, I would have had nothing to fall back on. …

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