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Buckeyes really are poisonous!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

So. I go in for my laser eye surgery tomorrow. Feeling kind of half-worried, half-meh about the procedure itself.

However, I am much more concerned with how I'm going to keep future diabetic complications at bay and ward off repeat procedures.

One of the myths about being insulin-dependent is that you can eat whatever you want so long as you take some fast-acting insulin to keep your levels in the right range. That would be great and work wonderfully if your endocrine system worked independently of your other systems and things happened like they do in the textbook diagrams.

Case in point: I have a Achilles-level weakness for buckeyes. The candy, I mean - who doesn't like balls of peanut butter & powdered sugar dipped into chocolate? They are delicious. But also problematic as they have *just* enough sugar in them to bounce my levels out of spec, but then again *just* enough that one unit of insulin is too much.

Sigh. You can see where this is going...add in the issue of mis-firing enzymes (the liver controls glucose output from the cells, and sometimes the liver is passed out somewhere in the upper abdomen while you're trying to lift weights or get home after class and its not picking up its cell-receptor phone) and...disastuh.

Today I planned breakfast so I could have a buckeye when I got to work. Tested before I ate - 156. Took 1.5 units of insulin to counteract the higher level and cover the candy.

An hour later? Oh yeah - 55. What should have taken my levels down 50-75 points took me down 100. Grrr. My liver is getting me back for my college years, I know it.

What is one of the root causes of diabetic complications? Low blood sugars! Especially when it comes to the eyes... greeeeeaaaat. :-(

It all sounds bad, but it's really not. Diabetes may not be my fault (I put that blame squarely on my parents) but it is my responsibility. No more buckeyes for me...unless I'm...eating a bunch of other crap too? IDK. Just no more killer candy.
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    I actually snorted in agreement as a sort of Ha! to your use of the word "myth", because its so true! Can you even imagine how easy this would be if ALL you had to do was add carbs, divide by some ratio and inject insulin accordingly? Piece of cake! emoticon And don't get me started on the stupid liver! Some days I wish I could turn my liver off, and then me and my pump would rule the BG world, with out someone sneaking in a sabotaging my good work. Seriously, this morning I ended up eating 60 grams of carbs to get from 60 to 140. Most days, 60 grams = 200+ BGs. What the heck, liver!? That also meant that instead of going to the gym and BURNING calories, I just ate a bunch and they're all going straight to my butt. Thats just rude!
    I've never heard of these buckeye things, but after reading about them, I've got half an idea to go home and make some. But that would be silly because your post was warning against them, but maybe I could make just one? Or three, and then I can eat enough to take insulin to cover it. Yep, and then we're in the same boat eating more things we shouldn't so that BG goes high enough that we can take insulin for it.
    Good luck with the eyes! emoticon
    2662 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/5/2010 6:03:32 PM
  • MAGIK0731
    hope your surgery went well!
    2663 days ago
    I love those candy buckeyes too, but they are just one of those things that I can't even start with because they really send me out of control - can't have just one and if I do, then before I know it, everything is shot. So, we both just need to remember - don't eat the buckeyes! (both real and candy ones are "poisonous", like you say).

    Good luck with the eye surgery.
    2663 days ago
    I hope everything has gone well with your eye surgery. Catch you on the flip side!
    2663 days ago
  • SARA_ANN12
    Oh dear! I'm glad you're ok now and I'd have to agree- I'd probably push them off my list! Good luck with your surgery tomorrow too, I hope it goes smooth like buttah!
    2663 days ago
    hope your surgery goes well tomorrow.
    2663 days ago
  • HHI0901
    I forget if I've asked you this before, but how long have you been diabetic? What kind of complications have you experienced?

    I just hit the 15-year mark and for the past couple of days I've had trouble with part of my left foot (not as sensitive as usual), but it's happened before and then gone away. I just had a nerve test done and the doctor said I looked great... so I'm worried complications are going to come up and smack in the face all at once.
    2664 days ago
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