The Highs and Lows

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Many of us share lots of aspects of our diabetes lives online for the world to see.  What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet?  Or from your family and friends?  Why is it important to keep it to yourself?  (This is not an attempt to get you out of your comfort zone.  There is no need to elaborate or tell personal stories related to these aspects.  Simply let us know what kinds of stories we will never hear you tell, and why you won’t tell them.) (Thank you Scott E of Rolling in the D for this topic.)

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I had no idea what to write about for this response. There were a few things that were floating around in my brain, but nothing really seemed right. Then this morning, as I was suffering from a 341 mg/dl blood sugar that was a result from severely and stupidly miscounting the nachos we had for dinner last night, I finally figured it out.

I don’t like to write about my blood sugars.

Now, I need to clarify that I have written about my blood sugars. Sometimes I include them in my race recaps, and sometimes I do write about episodes of high or low blood sugars, such as when I started Victoza. But for the most part, I don’t like to tell stories just about being low or being high. There are a few reasons for this.

First, it’s kind of embarrassing. Especially with the highs. I mean, I know that I shouldn’t think this, but I think part of me is afraid that everyone is judging me for doing things “wrong.” For example, I jump to the conclusion that all of you are now either judging me for not being able to figure out the carbs for nachos, or you’re judging me for eating the nachos period. So there’s that.

Second, I don’t find my blood sugar excursions very interesting. Most of the time when I’m low or high, I just deal with it. Lows? Juice box. Highs? I bolus. I don’t find my blood sugar stories to be very interesting, unless for some reason I’ve been able to glean some kind of lesson from it. For example, sharing my blood sugars from starting Victoza or learning about insulin absorption after my epic low blood sugars last summer.There are times when my blood sugars teach me something about how to be a better diabetic (or a better blood sugar whisperer — haha) and those are the times that I want to share with the Diabetes Online Community. That’s when you’ll see me writing about my blood sugars. That doesn’t mean my blood sugars are perfect, it just means that I don’t find them very blog-worthy.

When I write on The Blood Sugar Whisperer, I want to write about things that will help people become better blood sugar whisperers. I never want this blog to be a “I ate spaghetti three times last week” kind of blog. I want this blog to be something that you might learn something from. So even if that means that means my quantity is a little bit less than other blogs, hopefully they are always quality posts. That’s the kind of thing I want to write about. Thanks for reading.

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5 Responses to The Highs and Lows

  1. Laddie says:

    Well said, Allison. Blood sugars rarely are worthy of a blogpost, but you’re right that your posts on Victoza were very helpful to others considering using it. And I have certainly never figured out the carb count for things like nachos. I either over-estimate carbs and go low or else just go high, high, high. In general restaurant meals are laden with hidden carbs and I have never figured out why.

  2. StephenS says:

    I’ve seen so many takes on secrets today. Yours is one of the best. Thanks.

  3. Scott E says:

    I can totally relate. There’s really no point in telling a story if it’s been told before, unless there’s some new and unique spin or perspective to come from it.

    And it is scientifically proven that it is IMPOSSIBLE to bolus properly for nachos — I think there was a presentation about it at ADA Scientific Sessions last year (if not, there should have been).

  4. Kelley says:

    Great post, Allison! I agree 100% with this :)

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