My Day From The Glance of a Glucose Meter
At 5.48, you saw me walk into the kitchen.
By 5.48, I had discovered that I was a slightly hypo 3.6. Then I walked into the kitchen.
At 6.25, you saw me eat breakfast.
By 6.25, I had calculated an insulin dose for the slice of Burgen fruit toast and Latte that I intended on having, and a fix for that hypo. Then I ate breakfast.
At 8.54, you saw me return to my work area.
By 8.54, I had checked that my blood sugar level was okay after breakfast. I had corrected that 11.3 with one unit of insulin. Then I returned to my work area.
At 10.23, you saw me come in for morning tea.
By 10.23, I had calculated an insulin dose for the banana and latte with a half sugar that I intended on having. Then, I came in for morning tea.
At 12.59, you saw me come in for lunch.
By 12.59, I had discovered that I was slightly hypo again. I had calculated an insulin dose for the Burgen bread toasted sandwich, muesli bar and 2 squares of dark chocolate that I intended on having. I had factored a fix for that hypo into my insulin dose as well. Then, I came in for lunch.
At 3.28, you saw me come out of my room after getting dressed.
By 3.28, I had discovered that my blood sugar was 5.2 after lunch, with one and a half hours of active insulin still on board. Then, I came out of my room after getting dressed.
At 4.01, you saw me go to sit outside with (another) coffee.
By 4.01, I had checked my blood glucose level once again. I had decided not to bolus for the coffee I intended on having. Then, I went to sit outside with that coffee.
At 5.57, you saw me sitting down at my desk.
By 5.57, I had sworn multiple times at my latest blood sugar reading of 19.8. I had rage corrected with 10 units of insulin. Then I went to sit down at my desk.
At 6.30, you saw me come in for dinner.
By 6.30, I had rage bolussed another 10 units for that plate of high GI risotto we were having. Then, I came in for dinner.
At 8.27, you heard me watching television in my room.
By 8.27, I had begrudgingly forced myself up to check my blood sugar level. Then I went back to watching television in my room.
At 9.29, you could hear that I was still watching television in my room.
By 9.29, I had begrudgingly forced myself up to check my blood sugar level once again. Then, I went back to still watching television in my room.
At 9.58, you heard me switch off the light and go to bed.
By 9.58, I had corrected my bedtime blood sugar reading of 4.3 with two marshmallows. Then, I switched off the light and went to bed.
At 11.59, you assumed that I was asleep.
By 11.59, my alarm had woken me up for my middle-of-the-night blood sugar check. 5.3. Then I was asleep.
Today, I did all of this without you even noticing.
Then tomorrow I’ll wake up only to do it all over again.