Wash Your Hands!

The BG roller coaster. If only I remembered the basics, I could have avoided taking this ride.

It’s grad season here. A busy time filled with celebration, ceremony, and light refreshment. No gathering is complete without some kind of food.

I found myself back home ready to take my dinner dose of insulin after eating dinner. Faced with my BG meter I knew the reading would be high. After all, tonight I was doing this backwards.

But I didn’t expect it to be that high.

It was so high it triggered a text from the CDE. Oh crud. Quickly, I dosed the insulin and took my shot. My phone buzzed.

“Are you okay?” was the text.

I texted back, “Yes, I’m okay. I was out at a graduation and ate before I took my diner meds. Just took my shot.”

Then I looked at my hands. And realized something. I hadn’t washed my hands before testing. And I had eaten pineapple earlier with my fingers. No toothpick. No chopsticks. No fork. Oh, crud.

I quickly washed my hands and tested again. My BG reading was 50 points lower. Still high. But not setting-off-the-alarm high.

I texted the CDE with this update.

And then I realized the dose of insulin I just took was higher than it needed to be. Oh, crap. I had a long night ahead of me. Now I had to monitor my BG to see if it would go too low.


If only I had remembered to wash my hands before testing.

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  • Nearly 30 million Americans living with diabetes and 86 million more at risk of developing it.
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Good Idea: Make It Into a Salad

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Having a salad makes for a simple, healthful, diabetic-friendly meal.

I know. I know. Salads are boring. Lettuce, tomato, vinaigrette. Lettuce, tomato, vinaigrette. Lettuce, tomato, vinaigrette. How many days can I eat such plain food?

Or the other complaint I hear is that salads are too fussy. To be interesting they have to be filled with exotic (and expensive) ingredients like dandelion. Somehow I don’t think I can just go out to the front lawn and harvest some of those.

A well made salad is filled with flavor, nutrients, and yumminess. Continue reading “Good Idea: Make It Into a Salad”

Good Ideas: No Bun

One day I figured out that if I said “no bun, please” when ordering I could still enjoy my juicy burger yumminess with all the fixings without blowing my carb count for the meal out of the water.

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Can you enjoy that without the bread?

I’m the first to admit I enjoy a big sloppy burger with all the fixings from time to time. That’s probably the reason I’ll never truly become a vegetarian. Every once in a while I get that hankering for the juicy hamburger yumminess and mmm…

My occasional indulgence can come with a lot of carbs—most of which are in  the bun. The carbohydrate count of a hamburger bun can range anywhere from 22 grams (Pepperidge Farms Classic Hamburger Bun) to 36 grams (Orowheat Country Potato Hamburger Bun). It can go even higher with bigger burgers that come with bigger buns. With a total carb count for a meal of 45 (or even 60) that’s significant.

Continue reading “Good Ideas: No Bun”