This morning, I woke up to a blood sugar of 8.4. It had come down a little from a 12.7 earlier in the morning, largely thanks to a late dinner of chicken and chips the night before and an inability to keep my eyes open for much longer after that.
Normally, starting my day even slightly out of range would be a recipe for disaster. The high combined with dawn phenomenon and my non negotiable morning coffee would be sure to send me even higher.
However, today I had a new tool at my disposal.
If you haven’t heard of Fiasp, it’s a brand new and faster acting insulin from Novo Nordisk. It begins working within around 5 minutes of injecting, compared to the 15 that I’m used to with my Novorapid. It’s approved for use in people over the age of 18 and was listed on the PBS here in Australia on the 1st of June, meaning that people with diabetes can access it at a similar subsidised cost to other insulins.
Although I’m not visiting my endo until tomorrow, I was lucky enough to be hooked up early with a spare pen from a friend of mine until I receive a script of my own. In return I promised her that I wouldn’t come back and hold her liable for any consequences of my mischief. Which brings me back to this morning.
I got up out of bed, switched on the lights and reached for the spare box of needles in my wardrobe. I screwed the needle onto my Fiasp pen, and injected two units. Half an hour later once coffee was in my system, I was 8.3.
Another 40 minutes later, and my blood sugars were back in range.
But this story still isn’t over.
I was also running a little late out the door this morning. Not having time for breakfast, I decided to wrap up three Weet-bix to take to work. Fun fact: Weet-bix also spikes my blood sugar without a decent pre-bolus. Weet-bix is one of those foods that I instantly think ‘high’ and not worth the effort. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten Weet-bix and not gone high.
So when I arrived at work with around 10 minutes to spare, I injected another 2 units of Fiasp to cover me for the Weet-bix. The highest blood sugar I registered was 7.3 around an hour and a half later, before eventually drifting back down into range.
It was like magic.
Fiasp, I love you already.