You need to test your blood sugar. It's the middle of the night. This is what you see. You have your testing kit. But now what? You need to get a test strip. Not too hard. You need to insert the correct end into the meter with the right side up. What's that? You can't see? How can you tell if the strip is in right? Poke your finger and squeeze out a … [Read more...] about You Try It (testing in the dark)
I recently had a dream that I was attending the 'Design of Medical Devices' conference at the University of Minnesota. I had no idea such a thing existed until somebody signed me up to their mailing list. I was hoping for a free invitation, but nothing ever came of it. Must have been someone's idea of advertising. In my dream, I was sitting at a table with a number of … [Read more...] about 28% Interested (a.k.a. Distracted!)
Diabetes and exercise is something incredibly hard to manage. It is difficult to get my blood sugar where I want it for exercise, and even harder to get it to stay there. For many people, managing blood sugars before, during, and after, is so hard that they just don't exercise. I don't blame them. It introduces a million new … [Read more...] about Diabetes and Basketball
Yesterday I didn't get into the gym until around 8:30 PM. I had been in the car all day. As I was getting close to the gym I started really feeling excited about lifting weights (I know, weird, right?). I felt strong, and I was probably just feeling pretty antsy from being cooped up in my car all day. My blood sugar was in the low 200's, which is not where I wanted it. I … [Read more...] about What’s That Thing on Your Arm?
Is there something more than Dawn Phenomenon? The dawn phenomenon is typically described as the body releasing a handful of hormones overnight that cause some insulin resistance. You see this as higher blood sugars in the morning, even though you went to bed with a great blood sugar. I do experience the dawn phenomenon, and have been able to adjust my pump to deliver a … [Read more...] about A “Wake Up” Bolus?