One of the greatest and most “winning” feelings to have with diabetes is when you go head to head with a beast of a meal and you get the insulin juuuuusssst right. May I present to you one of my proudest accomplishments: a 149mg/dL AFTER the feast known as Super Bowl. There were chips, pasta, chocolate chip cookies, and every other carb imaginable at the party we attended, but I somehow managed to come out with a near-normal BG and THAT makes me want to do a touchdown dance it’s so doggone pretty.
I wish I could say that this number was due to some hardcore strategery, or epic amounts of self-control, but I have to say that neither played a role. I kept my DexCom receiver tucked close to check in often, and took a bolus of three units before we even opened the first bag of chips. Getting ahead of the soon-to-come BG spikes from all the carb-heavy foods was the first secret to my success. Then, I bolused throughout the afternoon in small amounts (2-3 units) as I grazed my way through the football game. A temp basal woulnd’t have been enough to balance out the carbohydrates, since they can cause such a sharp spike in my BGs. I’m so stoked the plan actually worked! And I also need to file that scenario in the endless bucket of “do that with your diabetes next time” inside my brain. (Note: I rarely remember those. And rarely do diabetes strategies ever work twice in a row).
Parties like the Super Bowl where there’s lots of high-carb food, adult beverages, and mostly just lying around, save constant trips to the fridge are some of the hardest days to manage with diabetes. And it’s for that reason I don’t indulge like that too often – it’s too stressful to even try and manage.
But on the rare occasion you take diabetes by the horns, give it a good spanking and show it who’s boss? Those days are priceless.