Good Day

As a type 1 diabetic, it’s surprising how blood glucose levels can contribute to categorizing an event (like a meal, or activity, even an entire day) as positive or negative by how well, or poorly, blood glucose is controlled.

I woke up this morning with BG at 82 mg/dL. I currently take 16 units of Lantus split between two shots – the first around 5am and the second around 5pm. Since today was Sunday, I wanted to go for a long walk and didn’t want fast acting insulin in my blood which could easily cause low blood sugar during prolonged activity such as a 5 mile walk. Therefore, using only 120 mcg of Symlin, I ate a 4 egg omelette with mushrooms, black olives, feta cheese and some spices. I also had about 4 oz. raw milk kefir and some coffee. Upon returning home, blood glucose was 71 mg/dL. Blood sugar slowly meandered upward over the next 4 hours until lunch time due to the large amount of fat and protein that gets digested very slowly. Around 12 pm, BG was 84 mg/dL.

So far, I’m loving this day because I had the energy I needed for the activities I wanted to do while maintaining BG in the normal range (70 – 100 mg/dL). Although I’m not against eating carbs, they would not have served me well today.

Lunch was an avocado salad made with tomatoes, feta cheese, macadamia nuts, sardines, and some more spices. I had another cup of coffee as well. Two hours later, BG was 88 and energy was stable and good. For a lunch like this, I needed no fast acting insulin and only took 120mcg of Symlin.

By the way, if you’re new to Symlin, follow your doctor’s reccomendations and be very careful. I’ve been using this hormone for over a year and have learned how my body responds to it through lots of trial and error. I did have some bad lows in the beginning so be careful.

All in all, this day has been perfect from a blood glucose / energy balance standpoint. Everything seemed to be balanced today without too much effort. Although my experience today is not rare, I just thought I post this day as a small celebration of normality, or something close to it, living with type 1 diabetes.

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