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.