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Everyone Poops

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The Children's book Everyone Poops takes away the stigma of talking about bowl movements with your children. Both of my kids read this weird little gem when they were potty training and I hope that you did as well, because I got some shit to talk about.

The first time I thought that I was imagining things, the second time it seemed like a coincidence. I ignored the fact that Arden's BG seemed to fall after she, well, pooped. Then one day a few weeks ago Kelly mentioned it to me and last week I saw someone on FaceBook ask the question. Today, we are going to get to the bottom (pun intended and it won't be the last one) of this most vexing, strange, yet natural type I diabetes question.

Everyone poops, but is everyone's BG effected by having one in the chamber?

I'm considering making an addition to the endless questions that I ask when I can't figure out why Arden's blood glucose won't come down. In the past it was, did she eat something I don't know about, maybe I mis-calculated carbs, do we have a bad site and the rest of the usual suspects. I'm getting close to asking, "when was the last time you made a number two" to that list.

My parental detective work can only take me so far. I need help. I need to know the answers to a couple of more scientific questions that I'm hoping you may have some insight about.

  • Does our waste material still contain carbohydrates?

  • If yes, are the carbs being leached from the intestines?

  • If no, what is it about having a belly full that could raise BGs?

This is the only hypothesis that makes sense to me but I am more then willing to believe that I am, you'll excuse me for this but, full of crap. I have witnessed this oddity consistently over a long enough period of time to say that we see higher BGs when it's been awhile since a BM. Moreover, these BGs always seem to drop rapidly after the completion of a belated constitutional.

So that's it. If you've noticed this phenomenon please leave a comment and share your observations. If you haven't, please keep your eyes open and report back with the skinny (thought I was going to say poop didn't you?).

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Why not? Everything else seems to affect BGs, right?

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCassie

You said it Cassie!

January 24, 2013 | Registered CommenterScott Benner

It's too bad you didn't ask this question in time to make the "48 Questions" craze that's sweeping the nation!

But yeah. I'll raise my hand on this one. It's not so much like my blood sugar plummets, but following a persistent, stubborn high (and a poop), the stacked correction boluses finally begin to do their thing. It's as if that excess glucose had no way to leave my body until someone opened the door...

Great conversation topic! Thanks for being fearless enough to bring it up -- I only hope Arden doesn't stop speaking to you because of it.

January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterScott E

Scott!!! Way to step up man, thank you!

Anyone else seeing this, what could it be?

January 25, 2013 | Registered CommenterScott Benner

I've never thought about this, despite living with my daughter's T1D for 5+ years! I think I'll start paying more attention to poop! Thanks Scott! :)

January 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi E.

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