I wrote this post on Saturday 10th January because it was such a good day and worth recording. Don't worry though I will balance it with A Day of Diabetes - A Not-So-Good Day! And be assured that I do have many of those too:-D It's also written before I got hooked up to my continuous glucose monitoring system.
The alarm went off at 8:28am, I feel well rested but still want another snooze. My husband's alarm went off at 8:30am and I was afraid that I would actually fall back to sleep so I rolled out of bed. I use the term rolled because that is actually what I do. I roll over and off the edge of the bed - it's very effective!
I went downstairs, said good morning to my already fed and dressed daughter on her laptop. I filled the kettle to make tea and she had already made it! How lucky am I? ;-D I popped two slices of wholemeal slice pan into the toaster. While waiting for the toast I did my first blood glucose test of the day. 7.3mmol/l (131.4 mg/dl), what a nice way to start the day. I gave myself insulin to cover the toast and 3 mugs of tea with skimmed milk.
After breakfast, it's time to drop the family off to Coderdojo and for me to get the weeks grocery shopping done.
What seemed like a short time later, my insulin pump vibrates to remind me that it's been 2 hours since I took my breakfast bolus and that it's time to check my blood sugars again. 4.4 mmol/l (79.2 mg/dl), a bit on the low side because there is still active insulin in my body so I ate half a granola bar to keep my levels up until lunch and went about collecting the family from Coderdojo and home.
After all the groceries have been put away and both children had been fed, it was time for my own lunch. I decided to have a two egg omelette with smoked salmon and cheese, one slice of wholemeal slice pan again and two perfectly ripe kiwis. While my omelette was cooking I tested my blood glucose and it was 5.2 mmols/l (93.6 mg/dl).
I'm having such a good day. It feels so nice to have good numbers and no crisis hypos getting in the way.
By mid afternoon, I decided that all major household tasks were done for the day and I was going to have about three cups of coffee, read the newspaper and some internet articles. My insulin pump had perfect timing; it vibrated to remind me to test again before I made it to the comfy chair. My blood glucose test revealed 6.0 mmols/l (108 mg/dl). You should have seen my happy face!
Roll on the coffee and two small McVities chocolate biscuits. I know I shouldn't have them. So I've estimated that they work out to be 15 grams and I bolus 1.15 units of insulin. I wonder to myself if the biscuits are more like 20 grams but I decide that the next blood glucose test will reveal it.
Dinner at 7pm and my blood glucose is 7.8 mmols/l (140.4 mg/dl). It's sooooo nice for the things to go right for a change.
The two hour post meal check revealed a 5.8 mmols (104.4 mg/dl) - this is a normal reading for someone without diabetes but for me it's a bit too low for an after meal and with active insulin still in my body I give it a snack to work on. What can I have for a snack? Ohh I haven't had a packet of crisps in months, double ohhh, Salt and vinegar. Sold! So 14g of carbs and a lot of fat later my blood glucose dream comes back to reality with an 11.2 mmols (201.6 mg/dl) result.
Well, it wasn't going to last forever, was it? But when the good days come they should be celebrated.