I am a bit distractible. Those who know me or have read many of my posts realize that I have a wandering mind. In my day to day life this means I get to go back for things, in fact, I get to go back for things a lot. I get my stuff in the car in the morning and come back in for my lunch… Or, I come down to go to the store and realize I forgot my monitor, or something else upstairs so – I have to go back. What occurred to me recently is that I am willing to run back and do a lot of work to go get things that are not even close to being as important to me as my health.
I can almost hear it reverberating back through your monitors “why does he feel compelled to share this with us?”
I have times, sometimes mid-morning before lunch and sometimes mid-afternoon after lunch where I’m trending up just a tiny bit. What I used to do was just up my basal by 5% for a half hour or bolus for 3-5 carbs extended over 30 minutes. Usually my sugar would crest up a bit past normal but come back within the 90 minute window and I’d be fine well before I was facing my next meal.
Okay, so the building I work with has a stairwell that goes basement to roof which is five floors. (I’m about to tie it all together I promise!) Now that I have the CGM I am getting better insight as to how my little trends and spikes evolve.
So, I was sitting at my desk and I was watching my CGM go from 86, to 88, to 93… and so on… and about the time it hit 105, I realized – I had forgotten my normal blood sugars upstairs! So, I went up and down the full flight of steps three times my sugar came back into the 80’s and stabilized. I’ve now been using this technique as another management add for my days. So now, if I’m drifting up, if it is a slow rise and I don’t want to bolus, I am starting to think “Hey, I think I left my normal blood sugar upstairs!”
I would love to hear any games ya’ll may play to hit those happy numbers! J