How To Get Perfect Blood Sugars… .

After all this time, I’ve figured out how to get perfect blood sugars. It’s so easy that I’m shocked more people don’t do it!

  • Get “real people” sick.
  • Stay in bed and sleep.
  • Let The Kid put a band-aid on your forehead and declare you better.
  • Eat a slice of French toast. A single slice. And some cheese. And drink a Diet Coke with Splenda. (Ok, and a little bit of ice cream.) Repeat.

975475_84823308That’s it. Easy. Of course, no one wants to be “real people” sick - even “real people”, but it was a nice respite.

My blood sugars stayed between 80 and 140 for most of the time. (A brief foray into the 180-200 zone happened with the ice cream, but it was so quick that I’m not counting that.)

Being “real people” sick is alien to me. A stuffy, scratchy throat and a head full of cotton threw me for a loop. I usually know when I’m getting ill. (My Dexcom tells me.) Persistent highs and ketones - I’m all over that. I know how to deal with “diabetes” sick. Total loss for “real people” sick.

It was nice to not worry about my blood sugars while I was sick. For once. A visit to a “real people” doctor, not a specialist ended with antibiotics and codeine syrup. I’m almost over it, just in time for The Kid to begin throwing up.

Ahh… “real people” sick… there is more than one kind. (She’s better now, but I didn’t put a band-aid on her forehead.)

Heads up, all… West Coast Bound

I’m heading to San Francisco for American Diabetes Association (ADA)’s 74 Scientific Session, beginning at the end of the week. I’ll be covering a whole bunch of stuff and meeting with a whole bunch of people. Like always, I’ll share everything, because that’s how I roll. Even with a band-aid.



  1. Scott E

    Well, I’m glad real-people-sick worked for you, and that you recovered well from it — and just in time, too!. (My version was quite different — the first morning went really well, but then the BG’s were downhill from there. Ever try to do an infusion set change when the slightest mere movement makes you sick to the stomach you’re about to jab an introducer needle in? Not fun. But I still wonder if those 24 hours without eating can qualify as a legitimate basal test. I suspect not).

    Have fun in San Francisco!

  2. Hannah McDonald (@dorkabetic)

    I can tell you-Real People Sick works. All you have to do is get a really nasty stomach bug, and when you notice your Dexcom doing double-down arrows at 80 mg/dl and your meter confirms it, chomp down some glucose tabs. When your down arrow turns into a single down arrow, disconnect your pump. Enjoy at least six pump-free hours hovering between 90 mg/dl and 130 mg/dl. (Not going to tell you how much of those hours may need to be spent in the loo-at least you’re not getting tangled in your pump tubing!)

  3. Katy

    One of our 11 year old friends had the same experience recently. (Perfect BG while sick /not eating.) We need to keep this under our hats. It is too confusing for people who think we can fix this with okra.

    “I have a friend with type 1. She cured it with a band aid to the forehead, french toast, and cheese.”

  4. lesleykimball

    I always say that all I have to do for perfect blood sugars is to not eat. (knocking on wood furiously) My basal rates are usually good enough that if I just don’t eat, my bgs stay perfectly stable!

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