Having type one diabetes is like being in a science class sometimes. WE might have a hypothesis as to why our blood sugars are high or low and then sometimes the hypothesis does not pan out.
Just the other day, I had my usual oatmeal with chia seeds, skim milk, and almonds. I am sort of boring most days with my breakfast foods - because I love oatmeal in all its many forms. Most times, with the injected Victoza I use and my insulin dose, I can prevent my morning blood sugars from going into the stratosphere of the 200s. Some mornings though - with all factors the same - (time eaten, Victoza injected, corrections made, etc) and my blood glucose will take an excursion upward.
It is not fun to have high blood sugars - and it is likewise not fun having lows. I feel the highs in many ways - a sugar high, increased bathroom stops, itchiness in my skin. Lows are intense shakiness, psychedelic dreams at night and waking up in a sweat.
Type one diabetes can be unpredicatble, even with the most fastidious use of technology, journals and paying attention to every detail that can affect blood sugars.
Is it better with the technology? Absolutely yes! Getting an insulin pump was a life-changing event for me. My first pump was a Minimed 508. For the first time in my life, I felt like the food and insulin were not completely controlling my wake up times. I was on NPH and it was unpredictable. I could not exercise without a low. With an insulin pump, I was able to lower my basal rate or suspend my insulin for an hour without any lows. That was indeed life-changing!
I had a Dexcom Seven for a while and used it for trends. The much newer G4 has also been life changing. My meter and my CGM are within points of each other. I am liking both my Animas Ping pump and the Dexcom G4 as a pair. Am now considering the married pair in the Animas Vibe.
And even with the technology and all the advances in diabetes care - I am still trying to figure out things every day. It is a disease where we cannot take for granted that everything will work out the same.
Just when I think I have it all figured out....