I wake up to treat a low. I have five glucose tabs, wait until my BG is back up, then fall back asleep.
I’m low again thirty minutes later. I go downstairs and exercise great restraint by eating just one bowl of Lucky Charms (that’s hard to do even when I’m not low…). I pass the time by reading some blog posts, and once my BG is back up, I go back to bed.
An hour later, I’m up again. Low. Again.
In a fit of frustration I eat way more than I need to treat this low.
If I would have caved in to the urges to eat the house down on the first low, I would be sleeping.
My perception told me I was not being rewarded with calm and steady blood sugars from treating my lows sensibly. Just the opposite, in fact. I perceived that I was being run through the ringer that night, and that I should have just over-treated in the first place.
The reality is that my basal rates need tweaking, as do most of my other pump settings. I should have also taken into account the basketball from that afternoon and made some adjustments. When everything is working right (pardoning those occasional diabetes-goes-crazy times), a handful of glucose tabs should do the trick.
It’s all too easy to get lured in to the trap of negative thinking when it’s 3:00 AM and you’ve been up treating lows three different times. But negative thinking usually leads me into negative behavior, and negative habits, like over-treating all of my lows.
I’m glad that I didn’t let myself fall into that trap.
At least that night.
“Living with diabetes is like living with a tiger. If you feed it, groom it, never turn your back on it; you can live with a tiger. If you neglect it; it’ll pounce on you and rip you to shreds.”— William “Lee” Dubois
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