Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Since I've travelled by car before, I knew I would probably need more insulin. Last year, I needed about 8% more. This year, I needed 40% more every day that we were in the car. I'm not joking! I was really conservative about it the first day and spent a good part of it over 200. Once I'd gotten up to 40% and stuck to it, everything was fine. I had read that a lot of people needed less insulin at high altitudes, so I went back to my normal insulin amount once we got to Tahoe. Actually, I needed 30% more on the first day (for other reasons) and 20% more after that. When we got back in the car to drive back, I went back to 40% and it worked out great. On the one hand, there were some really crappy days in there. On the other hand, I managed to figure it out and the last 3-4 days everything went really well. My housemate had about the same experience - he needed tons more insulin in the car and some more in Tahoe. He told me that 40% was ridiculous and couldn't be right, but I guess I think that until he keeps track of his own insulin intake and proves to me it's not 40% more, he can stfu. ;)
There was one day where everything seemed to go wrong: our first day in Tahoe. In the morning, I had settled on 20% and everything was going fine, but by afternoon I kept taking insulin and it seemed to have no effect. I was pretty sure my insulin wasn't bad and my set looked okay. I did have a low a couple hours before dinner, so I ate 28g of chips (low fat) and then bolused for most of it. When I sat down to eat dinner, I was at 171. Wait, what? I bolused for dinner even though we hadn't ordered yet - about 10 units. I checked again about 40 minutes later and I was at 220. I still hadn't eaten anything yet. I can assure you that I wouldn't see a rise from eating chips after more than two hours, so I was completely puzzled. We ate dinner and hurried back to the hotel because we were supposed to be somewhere. When I pulled my set, guess what happened? About 12 units of insulin came pouring out! This was only the third day for it, and normally I change after two because it's a needle set, but tunnelling never happened to me before. Once I'd changed it, everything was back to "normal."
The best part is that I have an endo appointment tomorrow! Heh. I wish all of you less "interesting" trips.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
I can has cabinet
Originally uploaded by LilituC.
I finally got a cabinet to put all my diabetes supplies in, since I was tired of them being all over the house. I especially wasn't enjoying storing my sets on the floor. I absolutely love this cabinet! Here's what it looks like closed. I got it from this site.