The food log is one mile long at this point.

The food log is one mile long at this point.

Before I started the 48-day project of drawing everything Bubs eats on a roll of receipt tape, I barely noticed the juice.

Now I see juice, juice, and juice. A nip of prophylactic juice for a looming hypo. Rescue juice, to give a guy a bump. Zero days without juice! And zero nights. Especially nights: hold a Juicy Juice straw near his sleeping face, and Bubs’s mouth steers itself right onto it, demolishing a half box in one mighty tug. Does the very berry fragrance enter his dream? The lips seem to knows what’s coming. Also this: what colleges provide maternal trundle beds?


Overnight fun.

I need to but am reluctant to tinker with basals. It takes for ever to settle into a plan. Over the last week, we’ve taken baby steps here and there, dialing back from, say, 0.7 to 0.65u/hour. But what we need is a total overhaul.


All this PLUS the Vitamin Water Zero that was actually a normal Vitamin Water.



Morning has broken.

Meanwhile, clinging to the skeleton of the current basal program has turned us into the kind of people (monsters!) who keep a juice box on our person’s dresser at all times. To save ourselves the 2AM trip to the fridge. Sometimes two juice boxes on the dresser. Our failure rate is 100%, and we have grown accustomed to it.


Bedtime delight.

When my first knitting teacher told me to rip out all of the stitches on my mitten down to the cuff because of a cable error I’d made on the back of the palm, I was furious. (But silent! I was 19.) Why couldn’t it be my choice to have an off-center cable? And why did we have to learn to make cables for our first project? Way too hard. Why couldn’t we make a washcloth?

Programming basals is like making a fisherman’s knit sweater, only it’s floor length and has a hood, and pockets, and you have to get every stitch right or your knitting teacher will come into your bedroom in the middle of the night to criticize you and jab your feet with needles.


Bedtime with zombie bonus.

Fortunately, we will see the endo this week. She will open her shoebox of cords and download our data and look at Dexcom line graphs and pie charts and divine a plan. And I’ll be all, whatever. This makes no sense but I guess we’ll give it a try. And it will work.



  1. Larry Here · January 26, 2015

    We feel the same way about the basal/endo thing, except what they say makes perfect sense, but never works. And for us juice is oh, an every other night thing. Or several nights in a row, then no nights in a row.


  2. skchrisman · January 26, 2015

    We have been working really well with making basal changes over the last two years, going really slow making small changes and then waiting a week for results and then making more changes if necessary. When Dex shows a low or high trending, or there’s activity, we do temp basals, either up or down, probably 4 out of 7 days a week. We also have juice boxes on the ready in her room! And peanut butter with a spoon, and cheese crackers, and most recently a cookie in a white generic looking wrapper. Last night I thought I was being brilliant with a 3-hr 50% reduction to hold off on a low. Eventually it beat me and I had to open the mysterious cookie, have her suck down a juice and she begged for more cookie. I think it probably tasted like cake. Red Velvet cookie. Where on earth did Grandpa get you and where can I get more? I was up until 5am checking and poking. This is all a result of a mall trip with friends – even on a severely reduced basal!

    Even the best plan, and the most educated guess of basal change can result in feeling like a complete moron!


  3. EBWard · January 27, 2015

    30 years old and STILL juice and/or skittles everyday. However, CGM sensor fell off yesterday night and I never thought I would be happy when that happened. BUT it leads to such an amazing, quiet night of uninterrupted sleep (though slightly higher blood sugar). Today, anything feels possible.


  4. theperfectd · January 27, 2015

    I have a fisherman’s sweater. It’s unraveling on one wrist.
    And oh my, this is an amazing post. Love.

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  6. shannon · January 29, 2015

    i complimented a gent on his fisherman’s sweater the other night. he told me: “did you know that in ireland every village has a different cable pattern? kind of like a family tartan or crest, but in sweater cable form? that way, when a fisherman is lost at sea, no matter where his body might wash ashore, they will be able to identify which fishing village the body came from, based on the pattern of his fishermans’ sweater!?”

    this seems like something that is interesting to tell people but i’m not sure if i believe it. i really want to believe it. i don’t want to google it to find out it’s not true. i did that once with the whole “pet boa sizing owner up to eat” thing and was disappointed when i learned the truth was different than what i originally heard.


    • skchrisman · January 30, 2015

      It’s true! It’s true! And I didn’t even have to look it up! Patterns did vary by region and clan. Not sure if that is still practiced today, but isn’t it fun to know it’s true?


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