Hot Dog

For the last few days my sugar has been really high. I say “really high” – it was 11 mmol/l (200 mg/dl) this morning. OK, not really high but I’m used to single digits these days.

The culprit? Well, I did get myself a little treat at the weekend. One of those multipacks containing 4 x 4-finger Kit-Kats. That’s English candy, a chocolate and wafer thing. I kind-of think that anything around these days must be internationally available, but I could be wrong.

I had my last one of these bars yesterday. But the whole bar is, like, 50g, I’ve had 50g bars of candy before and it is never even noticeable in my sugar readings. maybe  it’s because I had one the day before too, and the day before that? I’ve observed that after some “bad” foods, it takes my body a good 2 or 3 days to get back to normal sugar levels (not “normal” – average for me).

The other thing I bought at the weekend was a packet of Bratwurst, plus some hot dog rolls to go with them. I had 3 Bratwursts – half the pack – on Sunday for lunch, plus another 2 yesterday for lunch. It is difficult to see the Bratwursts themselves putting my sugar up, although god knows what has been added to them in the factory. but those white bread rolls…

I’m normally very careful with my bread consumption. It is difficult to avoid it completely, especially as I rely on sandwiches for lunch. But usually it is, at least, wholemeal bread. The way it was explained to me, white bread is easier to digest (i.e. your body doesn’t have to do as much work). wholemeal makes your body work a bit harder, so you end up using more energy to digest it, and therefore your sugar goes up less. A bit, anyway. I’ve never looked at this in detail but that’s what I was told by a diabetes nurse and it makes sense.

I can’t imagine white vs. brown makes that much of a difference, so my main “tool” in terms of controlling my sugar is simply to eat as little bread as I can, full stop. So the hot dog buns were a treat, I knew that. Plus, in one of those buns, you’re eating far more bread than you would in, say, a slice of toast. But when I think of my diabetic diet, there are very few foods that I totally ban – most stuff, even chocolate, I just make sure my intake is sufficiently small – a bar per month, say – that I don’t notice it when I test my sugar. But perhaps I just need to think of these rolls as totally off-limits?

As things stand, there is one Bratwurst left and one roll (I started off with 6 of each). I plan to have the last Bratwurst for lunch, but I can’t risk the roll. I’m gonna do that and measure myself again come tea time.

This diabetes – having to worry about this stuff – is a real pita, although I must admit that I do find it fascinating to know that such-and-such a food will do such-and-such to my sugar. I guess I’m lucky in that I can test all this stuff on myself, it is all empirical. A lot of peope can live in ignorance of this, but for me, that knowledge is literally life or death.

I did take a little extra insulin this morning, just when I saw the high reading. I’m out this afternoon so I’ll need to make sure I have my jelly beans with me, just in case. Although I’m in the centre of Salisbury so finding some food or other to put my sugar up a bit shouldn’t be a problem.

Author: Stroke Survivor UK

Formerly, designed and developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged pre-50! I have returned to developing from home, but some of my time is also spent volunteering with the UK charities Age UK (www.ageuk.org.uk) and the [UK] Stroke Association (www.stroke.org.uk).

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