Injecting the Air

More A Sweet Life Aug 4, 2011, 2:58 pm

Last night I checked my blood sugar before going to sleep. It was 73. I checked my pump and saw I had no active insulin, but fearing a low, I ate a two small pieces of watermelon- just in case.

This morning when my alarm woke me at 4:55am I staggered quietly out of bed and checked my blood sugar before getting ready to run.  228!  I assumed that my high waking sugar was a “rebound” from an overnight low.  This is known as the Somogyi effect or rebound, and it’s something I suffered from frequently before getting an insulin pump.  Normally after an overnight low I feel terrible in the morning and sometimes can barely lift my head.  This morning I didn’t feel that bad¸I just felt a little hammered- something I could attribute to three mornings of waking up pre-dawn.  (Monday and Tuesday were 3:55 a.m. wake ups).

Other than the Somogyi effect, I couldn’t think of any other explanation for my ridiculously high blood sugar so I took some insulin to get my blood sugar down to normal.  And since I’ve had very little success running after nighttime lows, I went back to bed.

At 7:30am I felt fine and went about the usual morning chores .  At 8:15am my blood sugar was 238. Frustrated, I bolused again.

A few minutes later I looked at my infusion site. I’ve been placing my infusion sets a little bit toward my back after getting some

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