There’s something about 2/29

It's been one of "those" days.

There must be something magical about February 29th. I didn’t do anything particularly extraordinary – I woke up at a normal time, had a normal breakfast, made myself some coffee, and took the strenuous fifteen-step walk from the kitchen to my home-office, where I parked my butt in the chair for the duration of the morning. My Keurig got more of a workout than I did.

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away

Yet, every time I glanced at the CGM screen on my pump, I was convinced something was missing. The dawn-phenomenon spike that plagues me 365 mornings out of the year? Gone. Those glucose “excursions” that follow every breakfast and lunch? Barely a blip. I had flat-lined. If the CGM were an EKG, I’d be dead. I must’ve burned through 15 test strips that morning, seeking reassurance that the horizontal line I was seeing was indeed true. My blood sugar practically never left the 80 to 130 range all day. I was overjoyed. I probably haven’t had a day like this in four years.

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one. Jess, blogging at Me and D, had flatlined as well.

Today (yesterday to you, I’m writing this on March 1) was a return to normalcy. While my CGM told me I was trending a mediocre-but-acceptable 135 all morning (after correcting a dawn-phenomenon spike and a stubborn post-breakfast high), my meter told a different story. Not only was my true BG way off, but it was way worse — about 70 points higher. Today I was constantly chasing high blood sugars with correction boluses, and chasing inaccurate CGM readings with new calibrations. Double-up arrows alternated with double-down arrows. Today was one of those days that was a complete disaster.

On my CGM display, today’s purple mountain majesties sharply contrasted yesterday’s fruited plains.

And I can’t explain it.

Maybe diabetes forgot about this extra day, and decided to make up for it on the next. Maybe it’s just one of those things … those many things …. that all the diabetes experience in the world can’t explain.

Maybe there’s something magical about February 29th.

Posted on March 2, 2012, in Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM), Diabetes, Insulin pump, Personal and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. That was a great flatline Scott. Just think, in 4 more years, you get another day like that! Come to think of it, my BS was pretty good that day also – maybe there really was something in the air that day.



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