Since my first one went pretty well, I figured it was time to try another “off my diet” experiment to see how I was holding up (first one here http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/15...). That and I have test strips about to expire.
This time we went out to a chain place called Jim & Nicks BBQ http://www.jimnnicks.com/ and I’ll reserve the restaurant critique. I love me some catfish, so my meal was 2 catfish fillets –“southern” breaded, a side of coleslaw (creamy), and another side of collards. I resisted the urge to have an app of onion rings, and a beer with my meal, but will admit to having about 3 of their little cheddar muffins, and of course picking some pulled brisket and pulled pork off the wife’s plate, as well as sampling some of their BBQ sauce (about 1 tbs. total). Washed all this down with about 32 oz. unsweetened iced tea.
All in all this wasn’t a terrible meal for a diabetic, it was all straight off the menu, and it certainly wasn’t the gorge fest I did the first time around. We ate from 6:15-6:45 and I started testing every ½ hour after the first hour (can’t test and drive) while settling in to watch another episode in the Millennium Trilogy on Netflix. I started out at 73, but then something weird happened:
6:00 73 (start)
7:30 171, 162, 155, 147, 151
About 9:30 it was time for my nightly snack which was a handful of lightly salted almonds both at 9:30 and 10:00 (wasn’t really hungry for them, but didn’t want to wake up low or high). Notice however my entries at 7:30. You see 5 numbers for a reason. That first 171 scared me since it’s been 4 years since I saw a number that high. So I washed my hands and tried again – 162, still too scary for me. Washed again and this time discounted blood – 155. Washed again, different finger, discounted blood – 147. Washed again (by this time I was frustrated) with different soap, different finger, no blood discount and….151. What the heck?
Well, my anal retentiveness relented and I gave up for the next half hour, and you can see the remaining results were pretty good. I woke up this morning at 8:00 to an 86 – around my usual – but what the heck was that 7:30 thing all about? My meter is usually only 2-3% off, which is why I like it even though it’s fairly low tech. I hadn’t starved myself all day in anticipation – in fact I actually took in few more carbs than I normally do, and had snacked on sliced ham and nuts most of the afternoon. Went through half a gallon of iced lemon water during the day, and between my hour on the treadmill, and 2 hours cutting grass, I was fairly active. So what was it? Just testing error? By rapid-fire testing did I just witness something that happens I never knew about? Could it be the diabetic’s equivalent of the “green flash” in blood glucose?
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