Saturday, February 4, 2012


What do you do when it's 4:00 am, you have yet to fall asleep, the prospect of sleep is very, very dim due to having been up all night fighting a high BG and ketones, and you've corrected via pump, syringe AND done a pump change with an extra bolus AND temp basal just to move that BG out of the upper 400s?

Why, you write haiku in your head, with a diabetes twist. And rename it dia-ku, all the while laughing maniacally at yourself in your very sleep-deprived state.

(I won't mention that this was the second night in a row that we had high BGs because of blood in the cannula - oops, I just did).

So that's what I found myself doing last night instead of sleeping. Fred is out of town and I was afraid with all that insulin coursing through her body, Elise would drop dangerously low. So I wrote some haiku and thought I'd share some of my craziness. Join me, won't you?

High, then low, then high
Who needs to sleep anyway?
Stupid growth hormones

Darkness surrounds us
489? WTF!
Time to change your pump

High BG, ketones
Why won't these corrections work?
Diabetes sucks


  1. The new term you have coined is certainly the work of a wordsmith.

  2. So sorry you're having rough nights. Thanks so much for sharing your pump experiences. We are hoping to go robotic in a few months and its been an education, I just wish it was a bit easier for you.

  3. Love this!

    Your brain works in amazing ways ;)

    Sorry about those highs...on the rare occasion we deal with highs like that -- especially at night -- it's a sure sign that something is wrong with her infusion.

    I'm sure you've fixed it by now and have gone on to conquer those numbers like a super hero!

    Hope tonight is better than ever!!!!!

  4. Oh so sorry this is happening! Love your haiku though. You will get it all figured out!

  5. Love the haiku! Timely, as my 8 year old is learning about haiku this week in her class!

  6. You are simply amazing! Wishing you sweet dreams and numbers/pumps that behave.

  7. From where did this come?
    Your guess is as good as mine.
    Diabetes SUCKS!

    Hope tonight is much, much better!

    Bean's been dealing with some stubborn highs the past few nights, too, but thankfully they haven't required much more than a couple of serious corrections and temp basals!


  8. I'm sorry about the sucky circumstances, but I love the dia-kus!!

  9. i have missed your voice
    glad to be catching up now
    two more posts to go

    (hope elise's BGs finally settled down and you got some sleep)


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