In honour of international Women's Day I want to touch on something that really affects women living with diabetes, that is often unmentioned in discussions about effective control.
I know, men have hormones too, but from my understanding they don't have the massive swing like women do, especially women like me who are in their prime child-bearing years.
Only since I started wearing the Dexcom have I truly noticed that for one week of the month my blood sugars are so wildly unstable and unfixable that I require and entire 40% increase in my basal rates (maybe more! this is a WIP). That is a HUGE amount of insulin that I need to fight off whatever other hormones are surging through my body. I know I am not alone, I know I can't be. I have lots of female friends who go through this, right?!?
I won't get into a lot of personal details, but I noticed yesterday that I started having my typical PMS symptoms, and also my blood sugar was darn near impossible to get under 10. I ate almost entirely carb free all day and still was stuck around 10-12. I had a site change and everything. I dipped a few times to the 5-8 range but as soon as that happened my body reacted quickly and spiked me back up.
I always knew there was a bit of connection between that week for me and blood sugars, but having the Dexcom has provided insight for me that is invaluable. I know now that I need a second set of basal rates every 28ish days...do I have to start charting that too?
Seriously, sometimes this is just too much work for my brain. Most of the time I am fine, but some days (like today!) I just want my body to function for itself. I am sick of doing the work of all of these organs! Geez.