Sometimes I need to calm down and stop interfering with my diabetes so much.
But that’s complicated, right? Because sometimes exactly what I need is more engagement and action.
There must be a happy medium, right? (shout out to Stephen)
Here’s an example. I tripped myself up over and over. I would have been better off relaxing and letting things play out. Let’s take a look.
What we don’t see here is my CGM graph, which paints a much more complete picture, and partially explains my … overreactions.
- After breakfast, my BG has spiked and is now dropping way too far and too fast. I can feel it coming, and am watching it on my CGM. So even though my BG is 125 mg/dl, I proactively eat something.
- Now I’m watching my BG steadily climb, and I’m worried that I’ve eaten too much. Will I be high on the basketball court? That’s no fun. I better try and take the edge off. But I’ll be exercising soon, so be careful! Small bolus.
- Of course, as soon as my bolus delivers (otherwise known as the point of no return), my CGM up arrow turns to a flat arrow and my blood sugar stabilizes.
- But now there’s fresh insulin on board. Just before planned exercise. Nice.
- Which resulted in a bunch of extra food and carbs that I could have avoided, just in order to get through my exercise.
- After a short run and some basketball, I got cleaned up and grabbed some lunch.
- Even though I didn’t see evidence of a dramatic rise in glucose levels on my CGM, I felt like I would be spiking soon, as if all of the carbs I ate earlier have been just sitting in my stomach and not digesting. And now that my body is done exercising my stomach can get back to work.
- So on a feeling (note: generally a really bad idea (but sometimes a really good idea)), I padded (increased) my lunch bolus a bit.
- Which resulted in my expensive shopping trip (a low blood sugar while stopping to pick up “a few” groceries).
Just freaking RELAX, yo!
In both cases, I am guilty of overly micro-managing diabetes. Which is tricky because that is diabetes! Micro-management!
It seems one of the tricks to diabetes is finding the middle ground – the happy medium – between micro-managing too much, like I did in these examples, and not managing enough.
Has this type of thing ever happened to you? Where you try and do the right thing, only to have it backfire on you? How do you know when it’s time to chill out and give it some time versus taking action?