Yesterday I had an experience I won't forget. After breakfast I noticed that my ISIG was running about 5.6 but my BG levels were low for post breakfast (in the 80's). Even though my BG levels rose slightly my ISIG did not change. I decided to pull the sensor. I took a shower and inserted a new sensor, but for some reason I couldn't do it. I had the inserter backwards (I've been doing this for 4-1/2 years and never had a problem). It just wouldn't work. I tested my BG's with my meter and when I saw a 39 and was shocked because I had no other symptoms of a low other than confusion about the sensor. I'm sure I must have been that low before but I never actually tested that low. I quickly grabbed a bottle of glucose tablets and took a lot of them, but I was becoming more and more disoriented. Now I remember everything that happened and the part of my brain that knew to eat was working. There I was just out of the shower with nothing but a robe on. I had finally inserted the sensor. I had not yet reconnected my pump (thank goodness). I grabbed it and didn't know what to do with it. I decided to call 911 but here' s the weird part. I realized (don't ask me how) that I couldn't go to the hospital with nothing but my robe on. I ate more glucose tablets (so many that my throat was sore) and I actually got dressed and figured that I could then call 911. When I replay this in my mind it was like slow motion. By the time I was dressed my BG's were up to 81 (I knew where I was and I knew to test). During this time I had (after finally inserting the sensor) just pulled out a brand new sensor for no reason. I told the whole story to my neurologist with whom I had an appointment in the afternoon and he didn't seem surprised that "modesty" won out but he was surprised that I didn't call 911 first. I guess there is a brain function for modesty. By the way, the function for fashion was not working. I ended up in a terribly mismatched outfit.
I recently (after major surgery) raised my basal rates ever so slightly and I think it's now time to go back to my old rates. Of course, the first question I was asked was "Didn't your predictive alerts warn you?" They would have if I had been wearing my CGMS.