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Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in April of 1980. I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. I hope to share my struggles, my successes, and everything in between.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Short Term Memory?

Four thirty something on Friday. I'm at work. I rotate in my chair slightly to the left and do a test. I have the result in a few short seconds. I rotate back to center, move my mouse pointer on the computer into the appropriate cell in Kevin's logbook, and then ... nothing!

I could not remember what my blood sugar was! In the fraction of a second that it took me to read the result and position my mouse pointer on the computer, the number was gone. Vanished. Nowhere to be found in the vast space of empty that is sometimes called my brain.

I paused, thinking to myself "I couldn't possibly have forgotten that number so quickly". I was kind of disturbed and worried.

I actually had to turn back to the meter and pull the number out of the memory!

149 mg/dl.

Our lives are so full of numbers that sometimes a few of them fall through the cracks I guess.


Blogger Amylia said...

hah...all part of being human. I do that sometimes. I'm thinking to myself, what was my blood sugar? How much insulin should I take? Being with my twin this week who is also type 1 brought it to my mind as she asks me sometimes, "Kins, what was my bloodsugar again?" A 3 year old and a 1 year old can do that to ya! I think being a mom with two kids at home and taking good care of yourself and type 1 diabetes is a lot of hard work! VERY hard. I know I'm not ready for it yet. Working on myself is hard enough right now!

7:29 PM  
Blogger Rachel... said...

Yeah, I can relate. (Especially the past few weeks.)

7:40 PM  
Blogger Christine-Megan said...

I've done that before too. I've also thrown the meter in the garbage and put the strip back in the case before.

8:50 PM  
Blogger George said...

done it and do it often. You (like myself) need a bigger hard drive.

If only it was that easy.

10:27 PM  
Anonymous in search of balance said...

Sometimes on routine checks, I put the blood on the strip and then forget to look at the result!

10:36 PM  
Blogger travis said...

Yeah, I'm with the last guy. Sometimes I'm on the computer, do a test, not have the patience to watch the screen until there's a result, then just leave the meter on the table. Then I'll come back to it in a few hours and see the strip in the meter, and not know whether it had been used or not. hmm. maybe i should get myself checked out.

11:34 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

That happens to me more often than I care to admit. Glad I'm not the only one getting old around here!

Drop the hash pipe -- that should help.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Bernard said...


I've done worse. Like turn around and completely forget that I've tested. Turn back hours later to see the dried strip still in the meter and I don't remember if I was meant to bolus or not.

Ah old age, it's just a wonderful thing.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

Thanks for writing this.
Phew, I thought it was me just getting old... :-)
Been there, done that.

2:36 PM  
Blogger George said...

LOL dude, I just did that. I thought I would tell you. LOL

3:08 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

It happens to me all the time. Glad I'm not alone in this or it might worry me more. Thanks for bringing it up so we could all relate. LOL!

3:41 PM  
Blogger Chrissie in Belgium said...

Scott, that happen ALL THE TIME for me. I think there is a very simple explanation. We do test so often that we don't think. Wr do think, yes I have to do a test and then we do it and that is just like turning on a light switch which you know is to the right of the door! We don't think at all about turning on the light switch. Haven't you gone into rooms and done the light switch thing for other houses you have lived in? We certainly don't need our brain to carry ot the steps of doing the test, so we think about other things. That is why we forget - I guess! Don't worry about it!

3:45 AM  
Blogger Wingman said...

I hate it even more when I can't remember if I bolused or not - much easier to figure out now that I'm on the pump but I used to sweat bullets for 2 hours (until my next test) when on shots and couldn't recall if I stabbed myself some 30 seconds before I ate!

10:33 AM  
Blogger mollyjade said...

I do this with my insulin. I test. Count the carbs. Divide by 7. Write the number in my log book. At this point, I've spent so much time thinking about bolusing that I forget to do it.

9:13 AM  
Blogger GloriaG. said...

i do not have diabetes bu i do forget stuff most of the time. yeah i guess it is "old age".

by the way i put you in my blog roll at daily-diabetic.comgtq

7:50 PM  
Blogger Lyrehca said...

Yep. Have done that often. Thank goodness for meter memory.

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Maniacally Monday said...

Have a diet cherry pepsi. That always makes me able to concentrate more. Promise. It's the stimulants.

9:45 AM  

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