I spent half of the month of August high.
NOT THAT KIND OF HIGH.
I’m talking about blood sugar here, people.
And I’m not talking about scary-high levels. I’m just referring to levels that are higher than I’d like – between 160 and 200. And I’d stay stuck right in that range, even after bolusing quite aggressively.
I chalked it up to stress – life has been a little unkind to me this summer. I also blamed it on making less-than-healthy food choices, and questioned whether I needed to seriously start thinking about taking Metformin again (even though I had a shitty experience on it).
In other words, I took the brunt of responsibility for my highs. I was angry with myself for letting my diabetes get out of my control, and was just starting to accept responsibility when it hit me that it might be something other than my body rebelling against me at play here.
As it turns out, I should’ve suspected an outside factor from the beginning. That’s because my insulin had, somehow, gone bad.
I’m still very confused about how or why it happened. My insulin had an expiration date that was like, 2 years from now. The contents within the vial were totally clear – discoloration would’ve indicated an issue – and everything about this vial of insulin looked completely fine.
It was, and still is, an utter mystery to me as to how or why the insulin spoiled.
If nothing else, the case of the rotten insulin made me wonder…why hasn’t anyone developed strips that can check the effectiveness of insulin yet?
Can somebody please get on that (and give me partial credit for helping to spark this genius idea)?