Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Save the A1c

I have had a very frustrating week. Since my training weekend about a week ago, my blood sugars have reverted to their high-in-the-morning, crash-in-the-afternoon pattern. I thought I had taken care of this with a new bottle of insulin and diet modifications. Well this time it is not the insulin, the infusion sets and probably not the pump (although it is my current suspect). It is like I suddenly reverted back to my pre-Ironman-training state. Right now my BG is 300 and I only briefly was able to get it down this afternoon. It's either low or high--I'm not finding too much middle ground right now. The Dexcom has helped me cut back on testing, which makes my fingers (and my insurance) happy, but the high BG's do a number on my mood. I guess I should just increase all my basals, correction factors etc. It seems like the insulin is acting way too slowly--like 2 hours too slowly.

The Tierra Bella Century went great on Saturday except for the 419 that struck me after descending a 10-mile climb. I gave a 1-U injection of insulin and it came down to 124 or so within about 70 minutes. My gut feeling is that this would not have happened if I'd done it with the pump, but that is because my pump is currently the object of my blame. Anyway, the rest of the ride was good despite pretty decent headwinds for the last 20-25 miles.

On a cheerier note, I saw some random things at the ride Sat--a herd of all-white cows getting rounded up by a guy on a tractor. Those cows were running! I also saw about 200 soda cans that someone had spilled on the road. They were all blowing in the wind, reflecting different colors off the sun, and making little tinkling sounds as they rattled around. The whole group of riders I was with spontaneously slowed down to observe the scene and then dug back in to finish off the last few windy miles. The people who had lost their recycling were trying to reclaim as many cans as possible...

2 comments:

LindaF said...

I'm going to make a big wish on the first star that I see tonight that your blood sugars will improve!!
It was fun hearing about the white cows and colorful cans.
Love, Mom

Shane and Becca said...

hope to hear that your bgs stabalize

the can stories reminds me of the tumbleweeds...