Since I was diagnosed only a year ago, people frequently ask me, “Is your blood sugar regulated yet?” I’m not sure how to answer them: I’m always regulating my blood sugar. In fact, each day I perform a string of science experiments on myself in order to keep my blood sugar in range as much as possible.
Take Tuesday, for example. I spent my first full day at my assigned high school for Practicum: I taught all three of my mentor teacher’s English II classes. When I teach, I get a surge of energy that seeps out through my toes and into the carpet as soon as the period ends. I also get a surge in my blood sugar. But I only checked my blood sugar twice during the course of the school day: once before the school day started and once right before it ended. Between the adrenaline and the lack of an early correction dose, my blood sugar climbed to 375 mg/dl, which I believe may be the highest number I have on record.
Experiment #1: Correction dose, water, and a nap, followed by a low carb supper and another correction dose.
The result: A crash about 3 hours later, resulting in a blood sugar in the 50’s.
Experiment #2: 12 grams of Nerds followed by a 50% reduction in my basal rate in order to keep my blood sugar steady during my jog in an hour.
The result: Beautifully steady blood sugar numbers during the jog, followed by an annoying 200-something right before bed. Grrr.
Today, I decided I was tired of simply accepting that stress was going to through my blood sugar out of whack every Tuesday and Thursday morning I spend at Practicum, and I decided to do something to keep my numbers more even
Experiment #3: 20% increase in basal rate throughout the morning
The result: 160 mg/dl after breakfast and 129 mg/dl before lunch. A little high, maybe, but much much better than the 200-somethings I’ve seen every Tuesday and Thursday morning since I started my Practicum.
As I got ready for my evening jog, I checked my blood sugar and wasn’t exactly happy with the number: 256. Time for another experiment.
Experiment #4: Reduce basal by 50% an hour prior anyway. Check for ketones. Drink water. DO NOT TAKE INSULIN, as having active insulin in my system would cause me to drop much too quickly.
The result: Despite the reduction in insulin intake, I still dropped 121 points in 45 minutes.
So, no. My blood sugar isn’t regulated.
Pre-workout blood sugar: 118 mg/dl
The workout: 5-minute warm-up. 5-minute warm-up. Alternate 1:30 minutes jogging with 2 minutes walking. 4 minutes cool down. 31 minutes total.
Post-workout blood sugar: 107 md/dl
Pre-workout blood sugar: 256 mg/dl
The workout: Same as Tuesday
Post-workout blood sugar: 135 mg/dl
Time for a new goal!
I’ve made it through two weeks! My new goal is to stay on target for two more weeks.
The carrot: Some new exercise pants would be nice.