Diabetic Shaming

Laughter makes everything better.  Let me explain:  My husband came up to me randomly, asked me to hold up this piece of paper without reading it and snapped my pic.

Diabetic ShamingWhen he showed it to me, I started cracking up, even though minutes before I’d been upset about my recent bout of high nights.  Even when we do our damnedest to maintain good BG control, we can’t always get it right and sometimes laughter really is the best medicine.  If you’re confused by the post title, or the sign I’m holding, and yet still reading, see DogShaming.  This is also my “Photo-a-Day: Frustration” for National Diabetes Awareness Month.


This post is one in a series for the National Diabetes Month of November.  Kerri from sixuntilme.com initiated the Photo-a-Day idea and prompts and lots of other diabetes bloggers have chosen to follow suite.

Having My Cake and Eating it Too!

So, like a lot of people, I tend to get higher blood sugars after breakfast (which I rarely eat) or morning coffee (which is a “must have” every day) than after any other bolus in the day.   Until about 6-12 months ago my post-meal highs were something like 150-160.  Lately, though with all the other variables I’ve introduced (post-pregnancy, nursing, hormones, stress, etc) it was getting to be like 250…even 300 some mornings.  I always felt guilty about it but did I give up my morning joe?  Heck no!  I’ve just been keeping the problem on the back burner for several months knowing I would eventually have to deal with it.  Now is the time.

Realistically, I need to reassess my entire insulin regimen including my basal rates (but for me that’s phase 2 after hormone-adjustment phase 1), so for now I’m experimenting with less conventional ways to bolus in the morning that might make the difference.  It looks like I may have found one!

Having my cake and eating it too

For the past several days, I’ve been giving myself a square-wave bolus over 30 minutes and then actually drinking my morning cappuccino starting at minute 45.  Look at these CGM results:  On this day, I took my bolus about 7:45 and drank my coffee about 8:30.  The little bump you see about 9:30 never got over 140.

It’s not the most ideal but it’s working for now so I’ll take it!  What do you do for post-breakfast (coffee) highs?