With A Bullet In My Foot…

undoDo you ever wish you could “undo” insulin? After you’ve sent it inside you, and it is working away to lower blood sugar and store calories, and you realize that you didn’t need as much insulin as you took — wouldn’t an “undo” button be awesome?

Today I met with Rachel and her husband, who were stopping through Minneapolis on a road trip. We had a great brunch, then it was time for them to hit the road again.

We met out near the Mall of America, so after they left I headed over there to do a bunch of reading and writing. I wanted to mix in some walking and people watching too. Instead I spent the day second guessing myself and cramming food into my mouth.

It is all Auntly H’s fault, and I thank her for it!

I first met Auntly H last year, when Allison was in town. Auntly H was talking about her team (The Pancremaniacs) and their 2009 ride. For some reason, I said “Hey – that sounds pretty neat! I’ll ride with you next year!”

Well, “next year” is suddenly two weeks away, and I’m in the worst shape of my life (again). Thankfully, Auntly H has pulled us together for a few “team training rides” over the last few weeks. It has been a really great thing to get out on my bike again, and because of those rides I’m not feeling so intimidated anymore.

Yesterday we went out for a long ride. I think we did maybe 18 miles? We pushed pretty hard too. No, scratch that. SHE is a badass bicyclist who rides FAST, so I was pushing pretty hard to keep up. I think we were pedaling for just over an hour or so. It was exhausting, but a really great ride.

All of that exercise did me great, but I totally underestimated how long it would crank up my insulin sensitivity. Turns out that I needed maybe 1/4 of the dose I took for brunch.

I started walking around the Mall and within 5 minutes I was just not feeling right. I glanced down at my CGM, and sure enough I was heading low. I spent the afternoon being low, eating, waiting for the rise, rising, thinking I was safe to walk a bit, walking a bit, going low again.

I had cookies, regular sodapop, a cinnabon, frozen yogurt, more regular sodapop, ice cream, pretzels. It was crazy how much stuff I ate. Yet I was stubbornly trying to get my walk in. Ridiculous! After a couple hours of that I was frustrated and just went home. I didn’t get any writing done, very little reading done, and only tiny spurts of walking done.

I intended on walking to take the edge off of a high carb brunch. Instead of going high, I was low all day! No walking needed! Maybe if I went for a hard bike ride a few days of the week I could skip half of my insulin!

P.S. – We would love more riders! If you are interested in joining us, we’d love to have you!

P.P.S. – I’m liking the Dexcom so far!

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16 thoughts on “With A Bullet In My Foot…

  1. Sign me up for the undo button my friend! Would have been nice when my 6 year old barfed up his dinner, SECONDS after I bolused him for it. 🙁
    Congrats on the ride! You are awesome for doing it!

  2. An undo button would be fantastic!! (I love that it’s a function in Excel lol) But I do appreciate that with the pump you do have a bit more of that control of your insulin as opposed to injections. When you take x units of Lantus for example, that’s it. It’s in your system until it wears off. But when you are on the pump and feel your needs have decreased, even temporarily, you can always suspend or decrease your basal. Not exactly an “undo” but still can be helpful. I’m sorry you had a rough afternoon .. I hate those times when all you do is ingest food and it doesn’t seem like enough.

  3. Oh what a drag!!! Isn’t it crazy how fast exercise can change our insulin needs. I’ve been trying to get back to regular exercise too – and I’ve already had to drop my basals and I’m still low all the time. Ugh.
    So cool you got to have brunch with Rachel. I’ll meet her in August at BlogHer and can’t wait!! And you know AuntlyH too? I “know” her from Ravelry first (a knitting site, of course). 🙂 So I’ve met you – and you’ve met her – so now I’ve met her once removed. LOL

  4. My favorite part is that you probably ate more calories than you burned exercising! That is why it is so hard for me to be motivated to exercise with diabetes! 🙁

  5. that’s why we need Smart Insulin..because the stuff we’ve got now is incredibly dumb.
    Glad you’re liking your Dexcom thus far-sux that it was necessary to switch though.

  6. i cant say much other than that sucks scott..there nothing worse than a “all day low”.thats when you know something is for sure messed up.
    the best to you.

  7. glad you’re liking the dexcom. it’s got some useful buttons, but nothing quite like an “undo” (although the “ok” button does not automatically make your blood sugar ok, which I find to be a flaw in the design).

  8. A Cinnabon? You had a freaking Cinnabon and that didn’t do the trick? It’s too bad we have such a hard time enjoying these episodes. So much delicious food getting sucked down with nary a thought. Oh, how I wish I could eat a Cinnabon and not take insulin for it . . .

  9. Me? Badass? HAHAHAHAHA.
    Sorry for the lingering low. Mine came at bedtime last night (I had my fitness class Monday am which seemed to raise my BG). Chipotle burrito bowl supper (granted with much reduced rice) seemed to do nothing. I had to keep testing every 15 – 20 min from 10 to midnight. That undo button and some sleep would have done me good!
    Oh, and I found some options for mounting CGM to the handlebars, but nothing quite right. The quest continues.

  10. “Undo” button indeed!. Sounds like you were “treated” to a Jopke special! Nothing quite like ringing in 52 mg/dl with 10 dings on board. Great…that is about as useful as that parka you packed for your Death Valley trip in July.

  11. I feel sorry for you Scott, obviously you have learnt a lesson from this, lol.
    I cannot complain too much as i am only type 2 but i do still have to take as much care as type 1’s.
    Too much exercising for me can be just as bad as you taking too much insulin so ……… HELL YEAH, Give me an undo button too.. or maybe .. DELETE….. LOL

  12. Undo button! I love that idea. Can it come with an eraser, too? Let us know how that hard bike ride scheme works!!