Friday, 13 July 2007


I have been experiencing some numbness on one side of my face recently. Well, not exactly numbness, but I don't know how else to describe it. Not tingling, not pins and needles, so I guess it is numbness. I can feel if I touch my face though, so its not completely numb, just an odd feeling. Anyway, I am going to see my GP about it on Monday morning.

I attempted to test another set of basals today.
7.30am - 8.0 (144)
8.30am - 8.1 (146)
9.30am - 7.9 (142)
I then left to drive to work. There was a lot of traffic built up in town so I turned off to go the long way round. As I drove up onto the bypass, I felt really hungry and my stomach was growling, and I started to get that tingly feeling in my arms. I got anxious because I was driving at 65mph, but knew I was only 15 minutes from work. I came off the bypass still feeling a bit low, and when I was stopped at traffic lights I had 3 mouthfuls of Lucozade from a bottle that I keep in the drinks holder. (It tasted yuck, I can't remember how long its been there but I must remember to replace it with a new one.) Five minutes later I was in the car park at work and checked my bg - 7.4 (133). So I wasn't low after all. I doubt it had risen from a low in 5 minutes (less actually), so it was probably the anxiety that made me feel odd, and the fact that I hadn't had any brekkie was why I was feeling hungry and tummy rumbly. Anyway, that put paid to my basal test as it rose to 10.7 (192) by 10.45am.

However, since my appointment last week I have been (mostly) bolusing correctly and doing these basal checks and my confidence has been increasing. My 7-day average is now 10.8 (196). I will be really happy to keep all my bgs under 10 (180) if I can and then lower that number in about a weeks time. I'm sure I'll be fine as long as something doesn't happen to frighten me and set me back to square one. But I am thinking positive, so that isn't going to happen. I AM going to get that HbA1c down again, I AM I AM I AM!!!!


Chrissie in Belgium said...

Dee, it definitely sounds like you are on the right path. It is so hard to give advice b/c each diabetic reacts so individually. When my bg drops quickly even when the actual bg level isn't low, it feels like a hypo. i will keep my fingers crossed for you on Monday.

Chrissie in Belgium said...

BTW did you see my comment/questions under your post entitled "Rumblings...".

Donna said...

You are doing so great! I can tell such a difference in you within the short period of time we've had our blogs. You should be proud of yourself!

Let us know how it goes on Monday. Good luck & I'll say a prayer for you.

..M.. said...

Dee, I've been in the exact same situation many times! Like Chrissy said, sometimes I feel low just because it's dropping - even if it's dropping from up in the gods and I'm over 10, I can still feel low. Also if your body gets used to higher numbers, normal BG can feel low. It seems like (for me, anyway) I only have to run a little higher for a day or three before this kicks in!

You're doing great. I love your motivation & determination! You will get that a1c down, without a doubt, because you want to! YAY you!

Kevin said...

I too would often chicken out of my basal rate tests. I would get full on symptoms of hypo even though I was quite in range! This was when I first started pumping, and then I left my (incorrect) basal rates for 5 years.

I finally decided to take control (and sought help working with Gary Scheiner), and finally got my basal rates set appropriately (I now have 8 or 9 different settings).

And the confidence this brings in knowing that all-else-equal, my BG will remain relatively stable, is HUGE. It really is THE most important thing to do when getting on a pump. But I think a lot of people don't follow through (I can't be the only one!).

Good luck getting them set, gaining more confidence, and do let us know how things turn out with the numbness.