Sunday, December 29, 2013
Lessons in technology......
I have been diagnosed with high blood sugar, some years ago.
Also, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, slowly worsening eyesight, and slowly expanding pants size. In other words..... about normal for my age.
Back to the blood sugar.
I deal by taking an oral med in a dose so low the insurance company does not want to pay for it. The doc writes the scrip as per industry guidelines, and we just kinda wink and I take what he tells me to.
I also keep a vaguely loose idea of what my weight is, and try to make the occasional good decision food-wise. Yes, I eat salads pretty regularly.... but I still watch just in case a rabbit is attracted to the stuff. My weight is higher than I could wish.... but has been stable for years..... and I LOVE to eat good food.
As for monitoring blood sugar, I did it a lot at first, but since I've been pretty stable and normal-ish for years now I just glance every few months or so.
I tell you all that, so I can tell you this.....
I took a blood stick about two weeks back, and the morning number was in a bad place. Rut Ro Rhaggy...... Rot Ro Good! I made some major changes to diet, doubled the med, and began daily testing again.
This morning... the number was still high. Son of a.... what the hell? I am doing everything it normally takes to drop that sugar level, and it was still high!
Stewing about it while I was in the shower, I realized something. All my numbers were testing high, but UNIFORMLY and UNVARYINGLY high. Ah Ha!!
Finishing the shower yadda yadda blah blah.... I dug out fresh test strips and fresh batteries. Five minutes (and a reprogram of the tester) later, I am looking at a reading of 136 two hours after a healthy breakfast.
I can live with that.
The lesson here is obvious now, but not so much while I was living with daily concern. Technology is a tool...... and will never fail to fail at some point. We must master, or least understand, the technology we use.... or be prisoner to it.