Blog Week Day #3: Improve

Yesterday we gave ourselves and our loved ones a big pat on the back for one thing we are great at. Today let’s look at the flip-side.  We probably all have one thing we could try to do better. Why not make today the day we start working on it.  No judgments, no scolding, just sharing one small thing we can improve so the DOC can cheer us on!

Want improve breakfast. Every morning Bigfoot feel guilt/iron bar press down on chest: low protein breakfast. Wish Bubs eat whole grain mini bagel w/almond butter + turkey bacon. One time read of diabetic person eat this combo, mini bagel aspect seem so cute, almond butter hit Bigfoot favorite trustafarian faux naif note, turkey bacon badass (it meat) yet conscientious (it low fat). But Bubs not like bagel, almond butter, or bacon. Instead every day choose oatmeal w/ maple syrup + milk. And Bigfoot enable by make.




  1. reyna · May 16, 2012

    Read blog out loud (in cavewoman voice) to husband. He like.


  2. cbwinchild · May 16, 2012

    when i’m so tired at work and have to make synapses fire, pounding water actually helps. protein, too.<—LOOK! I'M MY MOTHER!


    • Katy · May 16, 2012

      My problem with water is that I am already so hydrated and sloshy from the tea and things. But today is the first day of the rest of my watery life. I will keep a glass of water by my side. I’m so glad you didn’t mention “add a lemon slice to make it more enticing” or that other stuff health people always say. For protein, you mean nuts, right?


      • cbwinchild · May 16, 2012

        nuts, hard boiled eggs, nice tuna salad, peanut butter. should i be annoying and tell you i heat my water to get it down easier? it’s LIKE tea.


  3. Katy · May 16, 2012

    or warm babybel cheese left behind in a lunchbox? mmm.


  4. hinventon · May 16, 2012

    mmm…love that babybel cheese. Fond memories of making fake fingernails in elementary school with the red wax 🙂

    I’ll add to your list. Downer of choice for me…red wine (ok, maybe slightly more than dr. recommended 5 oz per day). Morning upper is brew at home Dunkin Donuts Strawberry Coffee – so yummy!

    I get the breakfast dilemma. We were struggling with BS over 300 2 hours post breakfast. My kiddo insisted on cereal every morning and I even buy the semi-healthy stuff. Still, 300+. So, we switched to 2 scrambled eggs and 1 slice of whole wheat toast with butter. Also he takes insulin no less than 20 minutes before eating, even when BS is low 100’s to start. Major improvement. Now he’s only in high 100’s 2 hour post meal. So complicated this stuff, and yes, he’s getting sick of eggs!! haha!


    • Katy · May 16, 2012

      That fingernail stuff–inspired!

      I have been bolusing once he begins eating–but I should be doing it while the oatmeal cooks, shouldn’t I? Does it matter if he spikes after breakfast if he’s normal by morning snack time? I don’t know what his # is after breakfast. (7AM breakfast; 10AM school snack time; if he’s not high at 10AM, should I assume he’s OK between 7-10?) (And if he is 300+ at 8AM, but drops by 10AM, is that just a tiny irrelevant blip or is this the kind of blip that will ruin him?)

      You don’t need to answer this. I know I need to get that Pumping Insulin book. Or read more on Tudiabetes. It’s just so deluxe being spoon-fed information.


      • TwoTooSweet · May 16, 2012

        As far as the after breakfast spike goes, our doctor saw it on the CGM graphs and recommended we try to avoid it. But it was a really high spike (300+). She said we don’t want him reaching 300 after a meal every day like that, even if he does eventually come down.

        Our big issue initially was that he wouldn’t come down by morning snack time. It sounds like you guys don’t have that problem. At 9am he would check blood sugar before snack and was always over 300. Then we would panic, give him more insulin for breakfast the next day, but he would still be really high before 9am snack and then massively crash before lunch. It was a disaster for several weeks.

        I changed his breakfast and gave the insulin right when he wakes up and it was like a miracle happened. Everything leveled out. Even with that change, we do still see a spike on the CGM graphs (now more like high 100’s or low 200’s). The endo actually said “I don’t know what else to tell you to do, except give less carbs for breakfast”. Yikes!! Not doing that (we’re already at 13 carbs) So, I’m just keeping with our current plan.

        I think if your kiddo is okay by 10am, then you are doing excellent! Maybe test out giving the insulin while the oatmeal is cooking. Not sure if you guys use a CGM, but seeing those graphs is so useful in finding undetected spikes between BS checks. Ours was a definite pattern that couldn’t be missed.


      • Katy · May 20, 2012

        Twotoo, we have a CGM, but don’t know how to use it yet. I was thinking it would be too much of a burden for him to wear at school–since it beeps for attention, maybe kind of often? The idea of all that data is tantalizing.

        What’s the 13 carb breakfast? I’m tired of trying eggs in different formats—all winds up with the dog.


  5. shannon · May 16, 2012

    gold star with circle and line through it, now THAT’s inspired!

    also, naif! interregnum! bigfoot blog enhance vocab!

    breakfast is something we should probably be working on as well, but i sleep through that shit so it wasn’t on my mind when it came to bloggy times today. my kiddo eats mostly carbs for bkfst but she’s back in range by snack/lunch time so i guess we turn a blind eye to what might be happening in the interim there (ie “is this the kind of blip that is ruining him??”) oh boy.

    as for uppers/downers, your description was very illuminating and entertaining (illumitainent?) but i have no helpful advice for ya, sorry. hope your other commenters come through for ya!


  6. Katy · May 16, 2012

    what is it with women and wine? i feel like a boy.


    • Reyna · May 16, 2012

      dude and the whiskey must really make your testosterone level feel elevated. Big foot hairy for reason.


      • Katy · May 17, 2012

        OH NOOO!


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