The 3rd Annual Diabetes Blog theme for Saturday is “Saturday Snapshots”—showing life with diabetes in pictures.
Oh, I could post a gazillion pictures. To be clear, they would nearly all be of Madeline living her life like any 7-year-old girl.
But, on this particular Saturday—actually, Saturday night—I found myself once again in the trenches of BG highs. We’ve had many nights like this in the last two weeks. I have no idea what is going on: is she growing? is she getting sick? is she stressed about something? I do know this: I am exhausted.
Every once in a while, though, I can determine why her BGs are in orbit. I have heard countless stories about pasta being a diabetic nightmare, causing sustained highs for hours on end. That’s never been our experience, and I’ve always wondered why. Until Saturday night.
We attended an excellent spaghetti dinner fundraiser for our community school. She gobbled up spaghetti, homemade bread, and a yummy dessert (see the carb count at 5:20 pm: YIKES!). I gave her a huge bolus, and then we were on our way home for bike riding and waffle ball fun. You can see by the entries on the BG log that I was up most of the night.
Why? At home, we eat multigrain or whole wheat pasta. At this dinner, though, she had “white pasta”— the kind most people eat. These kinds of pasta are clearly are digested very differently, having wildly divergent effects on Madeline’s body. It’s just information, and now we know it.
And for good measure, here’s our Diabetes Dream Team: Hazel and her accessories.
And finally, my amazing Madeline.