Last night got home after a big chinese banquet (I only ate low carb foods, but still it was big!) and tested my BS.

It was 440! OMG! Panic! Never ever ever had levels that high.

First thought was oh no, I've surely killed the baby.

Second thought was should I go to the emergency room.

Third Thought - Rationality reestablished. Better wash my hands and retest (maybe it was my vitamin-C face cream).

Retest #1 - 137. Hmmmm... High, but not terrible. Obviously the cream.

Retest #2 - 83. WTF? How could this be so different within a couple of seconds.

Retest #3 - 93. ??? Ok. Enough of this.

Obviously BS is not at critical levels and so I drank a very large glass of water and went to bed.

This morning fasting was high at 108 (target is now < 95, and usually I am now < 90). Serves me right for last night's feast! That was a lesson learned.

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Comment by Kari on January 30, 2011 at 6:28am
The 137 to 83 is a bit of weird difference, but the 83 to 93 is within normal limits.

Home blood glucose meters only have to be within +/-20%. So the 83 and the 93, by meter standards, are technically the same.

I's enough to drive a person crazy.
Comment by Brian (bsc) on January 30, 2011 at 7:25am
The winter weather is really harsh on my hands. Most every hand cream I have found messes up meter readings, just like you observed with the face cream. t try to carefully wash the FUT (Finger Under Test), but I don't always do a good job. Lately, I've been using johsons baby oil on my hands to keep them moist and soft, and of course the side benefit is that it has that "manly" smell.
Comment by Trudy on January 30, 2011 at 9:53am
Washing hands--great! The next line of defense, I think, is to have a second meter of the same type that you have to double check. I'm glad it turned out well for you.
Comment by John Smith on January 31, 2011 at 12:40pm
Whether you wash your hands or not, it's always a good idea to wipe away the first drop of blood and squeeze out a second drop for testing.
Comment by Super_sally on March 5, 2011 at 8:04pm
Decided to experiment with Blood sugar today. No insulin for the past 2 days.

So I ate 5 small (1 large Tbsp of batter/pancake) homemade gluten-free pancakes for breakfast (with butter and a smear of golden syrup each), and white coffee. A lot more carbs than my usual, but not really 'excessive' for a typical non-diabetic's person's Sunday breakfast.

Fasting this morning was 90 (no carbs at dinner last night, except a glass of red wine).

Breakfast plus 30 minutes: 148
Breakfast plus 1 hr: 142
Breakfast plus 1.5 hrs 165
Breakfast plus 2 hrs: 159
Breakfast plus 2.5hrs: 135
Breakfast plus 3 hrs: 122

I guess I am still in trouble here!

As I should not eat until levels are < 190, I think I have another 2 or so hours to wait.


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