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Did the Pink Elephant, Yellow Canary and Blue Mouse Trio Fly by My Window Sunday Morning

What do I mean by that title? I mean that diabetic stuff is happening to me that I find totally incomprehensible. So maybe the Trio did fly by. That is the best explanation I can come up with. That is what I spent all last night thinking/dreaming about - honestly I couldn't get the Trio out of my head. I wish I could include here a funny picture of the Trio but I am not computer savvy so you can all picture this Trio as YOU imagine them to be! The Trio sure had me laughing.

The following picture of Skye also makes me laugh:

This is Skye's favorite position now a days! On his back, feet up in the air!

Anyhow, back to my point. For those of you who know me, who know how diligently I track everything and try to maintain constants so that I can understand the results in my diabetic log sheets, I think you will believe me when I just simply say that the normal explanation factors of food, exercise, stress, illness have NOT caused my diabetic troubles this week. I am not going to bore you and give you all the details to prove this, I am just going to say it and hope you believe me! Anyhow I am not looking for advice on what to do; I just have a horrible need to TELL someone what has been happening to me. .... Monday I had to drink 200ml of coke to get a hypo to LEAVE ME ALONE. As you know, 15-30ml (1-2tablespoons) is usually all I need to treat a hypo. I patiently sipped and sipped and sipped coke for 2.5 hours sitting in a public place. I was too scared to try and walk home. My bg was down to 35mg/dl. I did not feel that I was having a hypo, but I KNOW that I am hypo unaware so I had done a test to check what the bg level was. Tuesday was normal. No problems. No hypos at all. Same food, same insulin, same exercise. Actually I got a little more exercise on Tuesday than on Monday! Then Wednesday again terrible hypos. I finally broke down and ate 2 slices of bread and peanut butter and iceberg lettuce because I HAD to go do errands and I didn't want to collapse. Usually this is really a bad idea b/c my bg will rise several hours later rather than immediately. Well not yesterday. My bg never rose above 95mg/dl. I cannot make any changes in my insulin or food amounts since there is no consistent pattern. Today no hypos. So yup, I guess the Trio caused it. There is stuff we do not understand about this disease. It is important that we share with each other our experiences. Maybe if you have really weird hypos like these you will remember what I am saying and realize you are not alone. I was so tired last night after the horrible hypos that I didn't even have the energy to pick up a nail file and file a little jag on my ring finger nail. Sooooo tired out!

Another thing I don't understand. I need about twice as much bolus for a given meal. Is it the Trio again? This has been going on since February of this year. First just my lunches were affected, then my breakfasts and now also dinners. Why? OK, what could be the possible reasons. I have gone down in weight by about 2 kilos. When you loose weight you often need more insulin for a given food amount - but two kilos, that is not much of a weight loss. Usually increased insulin levels indicate an illness in the body. I have requested several tests and we will see if anything is found. I will let you know. The thing is that I had to fight to get these tests done. If one has a good HbA1C then you are fine and so my requests were considered stupid. My best guess is that my digestion has for some reason changed. The reason why I think this is that my basal levels are NOT increased. Maybe my good values after three years of having the pump have made my digestion more efficient. This increase of meal bolus amounts, even though food amounts have not been altered, has made it so that my basal insulin is less than 30% of my total daily dose. According to Gary Scheiner's book Think Like a Pancreas - A Practical Guide to Manging Diabetes with Insulin, basal insulin should be about 40-50% of the total daily dose. This is a really helpful book. Why am I weird? AGAIN - why don't I fit the normal patterns? Why don't I follow the book rules? I kind of think that we all often don't follow the "normal patterns". Why should I be the only one, the only exception. I DON'T think I am the only exception. Maybe it is because I am small and thin?! That is my best guess. I absolutely cannot increase my basal amounts. I have done basal tests. A possible explanation could be that I eat very little protein. I have for this reason requested that a blood test be done to make sure I am eating enough protein . At the same time I requested a test for celiac and the level of vitamin D and calcium. See what a trouble maker I am..... Not all the results are in yet but I have already been told to increase my vitamin D3 supplement from 400IE to 800 IE per day. Many diabetics need more vitamin D. New research indicates that increasing vitamin D supplements can help our body reduce the destruction of beta cells. So vitamin D supplements can improve our management of diabetes. I do not really think this can help ME b/c I produce less than 0.009 µg/l c-peptides. Many T1 diabetics DO produce more than this. To say this more simply, since my beta cells are so totally destroyed, I don't see how they can be helped with some extra vitamin D. Nevertheless, I do think I should increase my daily amounts. Others of you reading this might request to have a check on your vitamin D level.

It seems that October 3rd was delurking day. I have said so many times that I write this blog to share and to discuss with other diabetics how diabetes affects us. I don't write it to hear myself yap. I don't write it because I want to be a writer. I write it for your feedback. I NEED your comments. I hope we can help each other. Medical science does not have all the answers yet!

See the cool button:

OK, I am a day late!

Finally, I have to recommend another book. It is not a new book. It came out in 2004. Probably I am the only one who has not read it! The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. This is what it says on the back of the book:

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like
no other. The detective and narrator is Christopher Boone. Christopher is
fifteen and has Asperger's Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and
very little about human beings. he loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates
the colors yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than
the end of the road on his pwn, but when he finds a neighbor's dog murdered he
sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down."

Now I don't have Asperger's Syndrome but I love lists and patterns and the truth. I find math a piece of cake, but I am terrible at fitting in with other people. My social skills are lacking. It is simple to understand the logical way in which Christopher thinks, and we both love dogs! I haven't finished it yet but so far I love it.

PLEASE leave your comments. I NEED them. And laugh at the Trio!

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