I like ice cream.

With some foods, I never quite know what will happen with my blood sugar (i.e. pizza or a bagel), but I SWAG (Scientific Wild Ass Guess) for ice cream with a confidence that I rarely have with other desserts. Most days, I bolus my insulin like a boss for my small cup of peanut butter fudge ice cream with peanut butter sauce. The graph of my continuous glucose monitor rarely spikes or plummets for this treat; it’s a boring flat line that I adore.

On one particular day, my family and I ventured out for a meandering walk around the neighborhood. It had been a few hours since I’d eaten ice cream, and dinner was on the horizon.  My CGM showed a magic number of 173 mg/dl and two arrows pointing down. We didn’t intend to be gone long. 

Fifteen minutes later, the magic number wasn’t so magical anymore. Meandering became speed walking and chewing glucose tablets while the CGM alarm accused me of being low. The meter agreed: 62 mg/dl. Those glucose tabs got a chaser of juice.

My first “foolish” response was not to suspend my pump, followed quickly by not following the standard hypoglycemia protocol of checking 15 minutes after treating a low blood sugar.  I ignored blaring alarms from the technology I wear to keep me safe. A

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