I’m skipping out from the HAWMC prompt again today since I don’t find it that interesting…and I have other things to talk about.
Primarily, my scary experience with basal testing recently (and hence why I’m wishing I had a CGM).
So Thursday I didn’t feel the greatest but I figured that since my BGs hadn’t been affected all day they also wouldn’t be affected that night. I wanted to do overnight basal testing, so I got myself all ready to wake up every few hours to check my blood sugars (I even slept in the living room so I wouldn’t disturb my fiance). And this happened:
9:20pm (was going to sleep): 152
So I ate some jelly beans and cancelled the rest of the test (and went to finish sleeping in my bed). I chalked it up to being sick and was going to disregard it…but last night makes me think it wasn’t a fluke.
Last night I repeated the test…and check this out:
9:30pm (was going to sleep): 222 *oh how it pained me not to correct this
Holy crap, Batman! I am seeing huge massive enormous drops over the space of 4 hours. What scares me is that weeks ago I was waking up at 1:30-2am-ish and feeling low, eating jelly beans, etc…and I finally changed my basal rates from about 10pm to midnight. And then I stopped waking up feeling low, so I figured the changes had worked.
However, now I’m just scared out of my mind that I’m actually just sleeping right through it. I’ve never had a seizure, but now I’m terrified I’m going to. What if I’m losing consciousness and not realizing it because eventually my liver is dumping glucose and I’m waking up fine?
And if this happens when I’m going to bed with elevated blood sugars and no correction, what in the fricking heck is happening when I have a high and actually give myself insulin for it at bedtime, or when I go to bed with a blood sugar in the 90s or low 100s?!
I have never experienced any real fear of dead in bed syndrome. It’s just something I’ve never thought deeply about in terms of affecting me – primarily because I thought I wake up for all my lows and I’ve never had a seizure, etc etc. But now? I’m terrified.
Needless to say I’ll be making more basal changes, and I will be retesting with those changes tonight.
EDIT TO ADD: Something else scary – I didn’t feel the slightest tiniest littlest bit low at 1:30am either time I was basal testing. So how low did I have to be the times I used to wake up at 1:30 feeling low? I never tested then – I just started eating jelly beans. And even then sometimes I’d still be low hours later at 6am when I woke up for the day. Ugh….