ups and downs

By suecsdy Latest Reply 2014-11-17 17:22:39 -0600
Started 2014-11-16 18:35:24 -0600

Is it normal in the early days of controlling blood sugars to have a run of good readings and then a few days that are a little higher? I was doing really well and the last 4 days have been running a little higher even when I make an effort to eat better. Sometimes it makes not want to eat at all. No carbs in, no problems. Have been feeling really down all day and these readings aren't helping any.

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suecsdy 2014-11-17 08:38:14 -0600 Report

Thanks everyone. I really needed some support yesterday. It was just a really down day. My timing has been off the last few days and I need to pay better attention to eating and taking my insulin. I get sidetracked and before I know it I forgot to eat or I ate and forgot my insulin. Also, even though I like the colder weather, we had not seen the sun in at least a week. Started this morning at 95 and when I took the dog for a walk, the is sun is out. Things are looking better this week already.

Glucerna 2014-11-17 17:22:39 -0600 Report

I'm glad you're in a better frame of mind today, and that you have some specific areas to focus on that you know will help you feel better. A sunny day definitely helps! ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-11-17 06:13:55 -0600 Report

There are so many things that can affect our levels beyond what is on our plates. Could you be not exercising as much because it's cold? Maybe even the cold can be an issue (if you live in most of the country that is suffering this weird cold blast) Feeling down could even contribute. Our bodies are so complex.

There is also the honeymoon period where we do great just after diagnosis, and then we tend to creep up in some fashion. Like Lilleyheidi said, talking to your doctor and meeting with a diabetes educator can be a huge help. Not just physically, but emotionally as well.

lilleyheidi 2014-11-16 23:31:34 -0600 Report

I think it is normal when you first get dx and when your meds are getting adjusted to have your BG numbers fluctuate a bit. Your body is doing a bit of adjusting. The best thing at this point you can do for yourself is to stick to a low carb diet, not NO carb, but LOW carb, and add some physical activity to your day. I know and can totally relate to how frustrating it feels and how down you can feel when the numbers don't respond but keep doing what your doing it will show up soon enough. Get your doctor to make a referral to a dietician and diabetes educator, that helps a lot. Also, stick with this group, for emotional support, that is what we are here for. Diabetes sucks, but we are all here for each other. Best to you. Heidi

RebDee 2014-11-16 18:55:22 -0600 Report

Since my bariatric sleeve surgery, my blood sugar has been normal without my insulin pump. Then two months ago, I got a shot of cortisone in my right knee which was wonderful as the pain stopped and should last me at least 2 years. My blood sugar readings spiked to 178 and higher. Then one month ago, I got a cortisone shot in my right index finger and while it is somewhat better, it is still quite painful and the doctors still do not know what is wrong (I have been tested for gout, arthritis, and anything else the doctors could think of). Then two weeks ago, Basal cell carcinoma was found in a large freckle on my back and I was given prednisone. All three times, my blood sugar spiked higher and higher as did my blood pressure. So now I have been told no cortisone for at least a year and the same with steroids. Meanwhile, my blood sugar is slowly coming down. Have to take another A1c on December 1 so that when I see the endocrinologist, I will be ok (at least I have a great excuse right now — it certainly is not because I am eating too much, I barely eat as much as 1000 calories per day. So I am bouncing up and down = none of which is my eating habits. Hope to level out pretty soon. Bare/bear with me my friends.