Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ode to Cereal

So, cereal may seem like a pretty ordinary thing to most people. It's a staple of the college student diet (cereal, ramen, cup o' noodles), what most people eat for breakfast, and lets be honest, what a lot of people eat for dinner.

Cereal is not an ordinary foodstuff for a diabetic.  Most of us simultaneously detest and worship cereal.  See, cereal is one of those foods that is notoriously hard to bolus for. Normal carb ratios don't often work even if you measure it precisely, or even if the cereal is low in carbs and high in fiber.  It's just plain magical. (The devil's magic, that is.) But, we also worship cereal because 1) it tastes so damn good and we don't get to eat it very often and 2) because it is THE cure for a marathon low.

The other night, I had been low for HOURS, no matter what I did. Glucose, juice, glucose, juice, repeat, over and over and over again. After hours of this, I had finally had enough. It was in the wee hours of the morning, and I'd been up dealing with this low for so long, and I was desperate to sleep. So, I did it. I walked my bottom down the stairs, poured myself a bowl of corn chex and milk, and ate it. Consequences be damned.  I went to sleep with confidence and serenity, knowing that I wouldn't go low again that night and could get a good few hours in.

 Aaaaaaand the next morning I woke up at 353 (very high).  Sigh.

CEREAAAAAAALLLLL! (shakes fist in air)

(For a good illustration of what I mean, I will direct you to this diabetes comic.  That's right, folks, we have our own humor.)