I'd intended on an early night last night. I was exhausted from those ridiculous highs, caused by a failing infusion set and prolonged by my stubbornness - choosing to rage bolus rather than take a shot or change it at around 1am. I gave in at 5am when I met that second peak, along with a bunch of ketones and I spent the day with a tired, hungover feeling.
But the early night never happened.
Instead I became mesmerised by tracking the progression of this flat line low, that saw my blood sugar stay under 4.0 mmol/l (72mg/dl) for over six hours, as I shovelled carbs into my mouth until I thought I would surely burst. For the first time since I started using it, I wanted the Guardian to be wrong, to be misreading the numbers and misleading me. I made my way through more than 10 test strips in my quest to catch it out. The Guardian just wailed sweetly at me, the technological equivalent of a smug smile. If it wasn't for the fact that it was actually doing me a favour, I'd have hurled it against the wall.
I didn't want to go to sleep until I could see an end to this. I pulled back my basal rates dramatically and watched trashy TV, waiting for the carbs to hit, and the decreased basal to take effect. Eventually, a little after midnight, a finger stick yielded 8.3 (150) and then I must have drifted off.
I was awoken around half an hour later by the insistent alarm of the Guardian. I was back to 3.9 (70)
Lying in the darkness, the window open just a little, I could hear the distant screaming of sirens. An ambulance, perhaps, racing across London's streets. Of course I was thankful that it wasn't coming to me, but at the same time I was acutely aware that even if I had needed it, it wouldn't be coming. Because there was no one else there to call it. Just me, on my own.
Twenty minutes later the Guardian stirred to life again. As I simultaneously reached with one hand to silence it, and with the other to my testing kit, I couldn't help but wonder if there would ever be anyone there; if I will ever find someone who will happily tolerate these rude awakenings; who will sit with me as I eat my way through the entire contents of the kitchen in a single midnight feast; who will share a bed with not only me, but also my pump and all the leftover crumbs.
I know that there are so many people with diabetes out there who have successful, supportive relationships. In fact, I wasn't going to share any of this here, feeling it may be somehow a step too intimate. Until I read Kerri's story tonight and found myself overwhelmingly unable to hold back the tears.
Even I am shocked by the intensity of my emotion. I've never felt before like I needed someone so much as I did last night. I've always been a very independent person, who likes my own company. I have a good network of friends, but despite spending the evening with several of them, I've been unable to confide any of this, because that isn't what I'm looking for. I need more than I can ask my friends to give.
I feel again now like I did last night as I continued to lie in the darkness listening to the distant sounds of a city that never sleeps: that finding what I'm looking for might just be an unreachable goal.