Back in my college days, I used to be a huge coffee drinker, but in the past couple of years I have made the switch to green tea – sorry Christi and Chris! I drink a green tea every morning after breakfast and then a second in the afternoon – I’m a serious creature of habit. However, once in awhile I do still like to enjoy a cup of coffee.
Like this past weekend when I went over to my sister’s house after work on Friday evening. I didn’t think much of it because I have drank coffee before and it has never really had a big effect on my body or energy levels, however, this time was different. I left my sister’s house buzzing with energy. I spent the entire night in bed lying awake. On top of this my blood sugars had been running low all evening, so I popped a few sugar tablets to correct the low. I managed to fall asleep for maybe half an hour that night.
Around 7 in the morning, my Dad called me asking if I wanted to go out for breakfast with him and my sister for my birthday. I was still buzzing with energy and figured what the heck, it’s not like I’m going to get anymore sleep right now anyways, so off I went. Before I left the house I tested my blood sugar and I was extremely high, which was strange because I had been low during the night. I figured maybe I had overcorrected with the sugar tablets. I corrected again this time with insulin to bring my levels down and carried on my way.
When I got to breakfast I immediately started feeling sick. The high blood sugar was taking effect on me – the worst feeling. I kept testing my blood sugar to see if it was dropping from the insulin I took, or if it was going up and maybe there was an issue with my pump and I was not getting the insulin I needed. I tested about 10 times within less than an hour (not practical or helpful whatsoever, but I was concerned and wanted an answer to what was happening). As soon as we finished breakfast I ended up going straight home to change my infusion site just to be safe and then corrected my high, again. Well, that definitely did the trick and brought me way down. Luckily, I was in the kitchen making my Raw Chocolate Coconut Cups, so I treated myself to a few of those to bring my levels back up.
My sister called me later that afternoon to check in on how I was feeling and I told her I was doing much better and my sugar levels were stable again. She asked me, “why did that happen? Was it your pump? Was it because you didn’t get enough sleep? Was it because you overcorrected your low the night before?”. I laughed and said, “I haven’t a clue what my body has been up to today!”, and that was the honest truth. It could have very well been because of any of those reasons, but I wasn’t going to sit there and dwell on what went wrong. I found humour in the situation and did the best I could to fix it quickly.
That’s how life goes in the shoes of a type one diabetic. As much as we are aware of our bodies compared to the average person without diabetes, we never really know what our next finger prick reading will bring, but we use the best of our knowledge to be proactive in managing our diabetes on a daily basis. It’s full of surprises, laughs, tears, highs and lows. Everyday we wake up is a new opportunity for us to make the decision on how we want to feel, and whether or not we want to carry the weight of yesterday with us. Roll with the punches, find the humour in every situation and remember you are doing the best you can.