Today I decide to mix it up a bit and pull the wild card topic, blood sugar nirvana or moronic moment. While figuring out if I would boast a little and choose one of our very few blood sugar nirvana stories or pick one of the thousands moronic moments in our diabetic life....I soon thought of an experienced that encompassed both.
A few weeks back my husband left for a week long business trip, I was very skeptical that I was going to be able to pull this off. With the six kids and diabetes for a week all on my own it is A LOT to say the least. Prior to him leaving we stalked up on all "D" supplies so I did not run out, I had all my meals planned out, alarms set, everything was done and I was ready...
Monday came and went no issues, everything running smoothly and the same with Tuesday by the middle of Wednesday I felt very confidant and amazed at how smoothly things were running, especially Cara's blood sugar. It was amazing her numbers for 3 days where unbelievable, almost perfect.
Here is a day of numbers just to boast a little more:
7:29am BG 11.1 (199.8)
9:55am BG 9.8 (176.4)
11:57am BG 11.3 (203)
1:51pm BG 5.8 (104.4)
3:37 pm BG 6.5 (117)
6:03 pm BG 9.8 (176.4)
7:48pm BG 4.1 (73)
10:20pm BG 9.6 (172.8)
1:13am BG 5.8 (104.4)
Now I must explain normally we do not get many wonderful BG numbers, we deal with a lot of highs with Cara, let alone 2 in a row and now I have 3 days worth of wonderfully great numbers...AMAZING and pure Blood Sugar Nirvana. I called my husband that night, I could not wait to tell him how I was kicking diabetes butt, "I don't need you" I joked, "I have everything under control", "maybe it is you that makes Cara's diabetes act up" I said laughing....
OH YA.... I went on and on and on, not once thinking how really weird and strange it was the we have not had one high number for 3 days...?!
It really was Blood Sugar Nirvana and it felt GREAT!!
The week continued just like the earlier 3 days, Thursday turned out to be a little rocky but nothing the Great and Marvelous Diabetes Tamer could not handle....oh ya it went straight to my head :)
My husband returned home at the end of the week and the first thing that I HAD to show him was Cara's meter "look" I said throwing the meter in his face, "I have to read this past week to you" and I began reading off the numbers all with the tiniest of smirks on my face...I really was soooo proud and maybe even my husband was too.
The next morning of course I slept in (it was HIS turn) as he went to check Cara's blood sugar before breakfast as he did that he realized the meter was coded wrong. "UMMM Nicole" he called out from the Kitchen (I'm sure with a great big smile on his face) "YA" I said (rolling my eyes in disbelief that he can't even handle one morning with Cara on his own). "Has the meter had the wrong code for the WHOLE week or just THIS morning" "WHAT" I yelled, "you have to be kidding me"!!
Like I said earlier before he left for the week we re-stalked which included a fresh new batch of meter strips. Just one problem, we did not code them on Cara's meter. Well that explains it and there you have it.... The Very Moronic Moment (or week)
**If you need here is a little explanation of what coding is and how it effects blood sugar readings**:
Coding: Since test strips may vary from batch to batch, some models require the user to enter in a code found on the vial of test strips or on a chip that comes with the test strip. By entering the coding or chip into the glucose meter, the meter will be calibrated to that batch of test strips. However, if this process is carried out incorrectly, the meter reading can be up to 4 mmol/L (72 mg/dL) inaccuracy. The implications of an incorrectly coded meter can be serious for patients actively managing their diabetes. This may place patients at increased risk of hypoglycemia.