I put in a comment earlier today that I have been called a “strange” diabetic by a couple of doctors who have treated me over the years. I was called that once because of the amount of insulin I had to take to keep my BG stable. There was a time when I was taking almost 300 units of U-100 R everyday. I’m not blowing smoke either. This was the endo who put me on U-500 insulin so I could drop the number of injections I had to do each day.
I have also been called strange by another endo because of my “swings”. I will be going on just as happy as can be. BG as steady as could be. A HgA1c of 5.3 and then all of a sudden without changing anything the bottom falls out. I have not had one of these episodes on over a year. I guess to day is just the day. BG 99 before breakfast. Regular insulin (100 u of Lantus) and the same breakfast I normally eat (1 egg scrambled with 1 piece of toast w/margerine and 10 oz of OJ). Two hours later my sugar was 48 and sweat was pouring off me. For the next 4 hours it was a fight to get the BG above 85. Now 9 hours after breakfast I sit a 154 and have barely eaten a thing. But I know what is coming next. By the time I go to bed in about 4 hours my BG will be back in the toilet.
These swings make me feel like crap. I feel like I just went 10 rounds.
But over the years I have been on insulin I have come to expect these swings from time to time. In the period BL (before Lantus) this happened once every three months. When I first started isulin this event was more of a monthly thing. Hence the title of brittle a doctor put on me once upon a time.
The swings usually take about 36 hours to steady and go back to normal. All I could ever do was do what I usually do and test, test, test and test.
So I know what I’m in for tonight. Be afraid to go to sleep for fear of my BG going low.
This is what my diabetes does to me. What is your story? Blog and tell us.
If I mispelled anything please forgive me. Another casualty is my ability to focus (head and my eyes).