This afternoon I had to have a very simple filling and didn't know how much blood sugar planning I would have to do make the dentist visit successful. Going in to the appointment I knew I would have novocain so being having low a couple of hours after my appointment would be tough. After work I had a small bowl of cereal and took a unit of insulin to make sure I didn't go above 200, I wanted to be in the 170 range from the time of my appointment until the novocain wore off. Of course when you over prepare for a situation you are prone to make a mistake or to have something go wrong. As I left the dentist my blood sugar was at 150 and I couldn't have been happier, it was tough to smile however because the right side of my face felt like silly putty. When I arrived home that is when the fun started, I dropped down to 70 an hour after my appointment and needed to have some juice. As many people know drinking any kind of fluid while having novocain is hilarious, I believe I only got two ounces of the 8 ounces I tried to drink, the rest went dribbling down my face.
Obviously the low didn't cause any major problems but it amazes me how a simple dentist appointment can cause so many problems for someone with diabetes. As a diabetic you sometimes forget about the little things, in my case if I'm taken out of routine it causes some minor problems. That is the best thing about diabetes though, you need to be on your toes 24/7 365. One mental lapse and your blood sugars can be out of whack, I love every second of the diabetes battle and look forward to what tomorrow will bring.