How is it when nothing has changed things can be so different?
We have been struggling with Cara's blood sugar trying to get it just right. We have gone from one extreme to the next this summer.
At first we decide to reduce Cara's insulin dramatically. We were having many many low's, too many low's for us to feel safe and with the beginning of summer right around the corner Cara would be increasing her activity and with the heat we all thought causing a very dangerous scenario. However the main reason we reduced Cara's insulin was because the clinic believed that we were giving her too much insulin which was causing her to go low at snack time if she did not have a carb snack. We were told that she should not NEED to have her snacks to keep her blood sugar in a safe range and that is exactly what was happening. If she missed a snack or did not have a carb snack (15-20grams) she would crash and they did not like that. However at all the other times her numbers were looking great to US...but it was a trade off that they did not want us to make. We were already starting to see a consequence of too many lows. Once Cara was able to catch herself dropping low in the 4's she was now only telling me when she was in the 2's. The nurses at the clinic told us the more low's the body experiences the more common the feeling is and the body stop's recognizing the lows that it use to feel. So we reduced her insulin...
After reducing her insulin we saw extrem highs, check after check she was in the high 20's and the new insulin amounts were just not working for us. I was correcting at every meal time for the highs and she was eating no carb snacks at snack time because her blood sugar was just to high. Cara also suffers from very bad mood swings when her blood sugar is high so needless to say our summer was not off to a great start. Also it seemed what we previously thought, that increased activity and increased heat would cause a drop in blood sugar was wrong. We saw her blood sugar rising when she would go swimming for hours in the heat with no carbs to cause a rise (and for all my peps that know diabetes we did not miss a low because I was checking her every 30 mins in disbelieve as she was just rising). So I decided to increase her insulin slowly in .5 unit increments until I stopped at the exact same amounts that we started at in the beginning of summer.
For about 3 weeks we have been at a stand still with Cara's numbers. Not great but not bad... just so,so. A few highs and very little lows but nothing amazing!!
UNTIL THIS WEEKEND
For some reason this weekend we have seen amazing numbers....nothing changed, her insulin is the same, her carb amounts are the same, the food is the same, her activity is the same...
so what changed.... I HAVE NO IDEA!!
Believe me I'm not complaining these numbers are amazing 5.3's, 5.6's, 5.2's....amazing numbers at almost every blood sugar check. It really is a great feeling, finally after so long of feeling like you can do nothing right you are doing something right...
BUT WHAT? What exactly would I be doing right?? I have changed nothing for 3 weeks, so what...
Did I cross my fingers while doing an injection?
Did I do a lucky carb guessing dance before I placed her meal in front of her?
Did my husband pay off the diabetes gods for a weekend of good numbers?
Was I wearing my lucky socks when I was checking blood sugar?
WHAT IS IT?!?!
I have NO idea but I guess I will just have to be thankful for these few wonderful diabetes days and HOPE for more because before I know it the 5.3's will be replaced with 21.2's and I will be running around the house trying to track down those darn lucky socks!!