I Shot Myself in the Foot – and Not with a Needle…

…or a gun for that matter. It’s just a figure of speech.

I mentioned a little bit about how I planned on doing some better logging to help me with my therapy overhaul. I went out and found a daily planner/journal type of thing that I liked, and started my logging.

Generic BG Chart
I’m sorry – but I’ve lost the actual photo that belongs here. Please forgive me…

I have no idea if this picture will show up clear enough for anyone to see any details, but you can see that it was a very busy day for recording. I had a TON of things to record, partially because this day was a day that I play basketball over lunch (which means lots of extra testing and activity).

I had some problems early in the day because I made some bad food choices for breakfast AND had just changed my infusion set that morning. So I was running really high for a while. Playing basketball seemed to kick my BG back down to normal, and it was very manageable the rest of the day.

As the day went along, I kept on testing and recording, testing and recording, testing and recording. The day was awesome. My range (after the morning problems) was between 186 and 57. That is during a time span from 12:05 through 8:15, so basically all day. It was good.

I had dinner at about 8:15 that night. I diligently recorded my blood sugar and everything I ate. Then I ate it.

I got ready for bed and laid down around 10:30. I felt kind of yucky. All of a sudden it clicked. I tested my blood sugar and it was 300. Guess what I had forgotten to do when I ate dinner…

So how can I spend the entire day paying such close attention to every little thing, and completely forget to take my insulin at dinner?!

Maybe I paid too much attention to everything? It seems I got so completely wrapped up with recording everything that I missed something basic! There are also a couple other things that I’m taking into consideration too. I just got home from work. For me, that is a very tough transition. Going from a fairly orderly work environment to one where my kids are pulling me for my attention (which they should, and which I should give them!) – it can just get a little overwhelming sometimes. The other thing that happened is my low test of the day, 57, happened right then too. So, I was dealing with all that and a low that I was treating.

All in all, I really think I was too focused on trying to record every last bit of information. Moving forward I will make sure I get the blood sugar tested, food calculated and bolus underway before I worry about the logging. I’m working to find the balance between obsessing over my new logbook and ensuring I cover the basics.

Stay tuned…

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate, and Senior Community Manager at Blue Circle Health. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent my employer’s position. Read more…

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