An hour and a half before lunch, I realized I had forgotten to bolus for the two clementines I ate for breakfast. I checked my blood and it was a whopping 369 mg/dl.
"Those damned carby little fruits," I muttered to myself as I programmed my pump to give me a correction bolus. I went back to doing my work.
My co-worker returned from picking up our lunch at around 1:00pm. I checked my blood: 102 mg/dl. I cheered my pump. "Good work, insulin correction factor!" I bolused for my six-inch tuna sub and bag of baked Lay's chips. It was tasty, and I enjoyed my lunch break.
Around 1:45pm, some colleagues from another office dropped in needing work space. The plan was we were to all meet together to go over some process stuff. Not a big deal, but a lot to go over on very short notice. I showed them to the conference room, then as I walked the 15 feet back to my cubicle, I began to feel...off.
A wave of slight nausea and lightheadedness passed over me where I stood. I felt shaky on my feet. My heart started beating faster, and I suddenly felt voraciously hungry. "Oh shit," I thought, "I'm low, and I have to go into a meeting in like 20 minutes. Wait, am I low? Because I did everything I was supposed to." And then, after checking my glucose and finding it at 68 mg/dl only about 30 minutes after my lunch bolus, it dawned on me. I had overcorrected. I had corrected myself for being 396 mg/dl, and not the actual number of 369 mg/dl. I was sinking like a stone, and people needed me to be available soon.
I quickly chomped down five glucose tabs instead of the usual four, and also found two fun-sized Nestle Crunch bars to take the edge off my hunger pangs. I am NOT saying this is what you should do in this situation, but my time was limited and so was the time of the visiting colleagues. I can function with a high blood glucose, but NOT a low one. I ended up so busy for the rest of the afternoon that I did not have a moment to myself to sit down and do a retest.
I did what I had to do, and in the end, I think the meeting with my colleagues was really productive! My blood sugars for the rest of the day, however, may be another story.