Free Meter Is Awesome

I ordered this free meter as a spare to put in my desk at work but was immediately blown away at how little blood it needed to produce a result.

This is the Abbott FreeStyle Lite This thing needs a fraction of the blood my One Touch Ultra needs! Simply put, I’m amazed but have such a surplus of One Touch lancets and test strips it would be tough to switch. If they had a better lancing device I might actually be forced to switch but for now it’ll have to be a backup though!

This has me wanting to try other meters and lacing devices, any suggestions?

30
Apr 2012
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A Week Without Insulin

Over the past few weeks I’ve had a strong desire to discover how much insulin I really need. Not only do I dread finding a place to give myself a shot, but I hate wondering if i gave myself too much or too little insulin for the meal. I decided to start giving myself a little less each day to see what the resulting bg levels are and to my surprise they haven’t changed much at all. I can’t complain, my abdomen is loving the time to heal but I can’t help but to wonder how long this will last. I guess time will tell. But for the last week I haven’t had any meal time insulin and I’ve reduced my night time insulin (Lantus) to 4-5 units without reducing my overall carb intake.  In fact, I’ve been eating everything from cheeseburgers to potatoes with no real changes in bg levels.

Unfortunately I don’t know too many diabetics who were my age when diagnosed, well actually I don’t know any diabetics, so there aren’t too many people that can personally advise me to do otherwise. I’m very new to diabetes, so figuring this stuff out is trial and error. I don’t wear a CGM, so I only know what my bg level is 2 hours after eating. But since I started this I haven’t gone below 75 mg/dL and wake up between 80 and 90 mg/dL every morning. I think the key to this working for me has been a good mix of protein, sports and general awareness of this condition. I’m also still making lots of my own insulin, something I hope lasts as long as possible.

 

29
Apr 2012
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Needing Less Insulin

January of this year when I found out about this annoying condition my need for insulin was pretty high (for me). I was guzzling megatons of water, pissing every 15 minutes and going in and out of random dizzy spells. The day after being diagnosed I started my insulin treatment with 4 units of Humalog for every ~30 carb meal adding 1/2 a unit for every 10 carbs after that and 10 units of Lantus before bed. Of course, with an a1c of 14.6 (372 mg/dl avegage bg) I think my body just gave up entirely on making insulin, or maybe my pancreas was tired of trying to save me? I have no clue, but luckily I found out in the safest way possible and began to get my bg’s under control .

Here’s a snapshot of my bg’s for the first few days after discovery:

Since then, especially in the last few weeks I’ve stopped using insulin before breakfast every morning because I would go low no matter what I gave myself, I even tried one unit but still ended up low. I reduced my night time Lantus to 9, 8 then 7 units and still may need to bring it down to keep from waking up low. In just the past week without any major diet changes I’ve actually skipped about 4 days without taking any meal time insulin. Maybe playing basketball is helping, hmm… not sure. Either way I’m sure this isn’t something that will last forever, I’m still a new diabetic but I’ll do whatever i can to prolong this “honeymoon” stage I appear to be in. Hopefully it lasts a while.

This is an idea of how it has been for the past few days with barely any insulin at meal time:

All of these bg results are checking before and 1.5 – 2 hours after eating with or without insulin. I wake up pretty much at the same bg every morning and usually go to bed slightly above 100 (usually orchestrated by me eating a snack late). We’ll see how this goes for a while and hopefully my doctor isn’t too upset with me for changing my regimen on my own!

13
Apr 2012
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Love this shirt

I laughed as soon as I saw this, now I’m thinking about getting one.

It looks like its from a creative diabetes awareness team. Good work guys, I totally agree.

10
Apr 2012
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Clean it up!

In the first few weeks following my t1d discovery one of the most overwhelming things was the huge bag of stuff I had to walk out of CVS with and figure out some place to put all that stuff when I got home. Bottles of blood testing strips, lancets, pen needles, insulin pens, rescue kit, glucose bits, alcohol wipes and not to mention disposal. At first I didn’t even care, my entire dresser in my bedroom turned into a diabetic testing grounds and it took me a while to realize that just looking at it was depressing! This was a good example of letting diabetes take over. When I had company I scrambled to clean it up to avoid embarrassment so one day my girlfriend and I decided enough was enough lets figure out a better way to manage this stuff! Here’s what we ended up with:

Overall it helps make me feel a lot more organized and under control. It also helps me to assess how much of my supplies I have left to avoid running out.

 

Total Cost: $32.98

Bristol Valet Box – Container Store

Flip Bin – Container Store

 

09
Apr 2012
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Cool Diabetes Mobile App

I’ve been using this diabetes management app called Dbees.com for about three months now and surprisingly I have been using it pretty consistently. The app makes it simple by considering everything related to your diabetes management an activity.

You can manage as many activities as you want but I’ve been sticking to glucose and insulin which helps me remember when the last time it was I checked, ate or how much insulin I gave myself and when. One of the things i like is that you can get a nice scatter chart on your mobile device of the last 7 days which gives you a good idea of how your management has been over the last week:

The website lets you do even more with your data such as more options for graphing the data (averages, daily averages etc) and lets you print patient logs to take with you to your doctor if you like.

Dbees.com makes this app for both iPhone and Android platforms.

08
Apr 2012
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The Amazing Stevia!

One of the first things I learned after being told I have type 1 diabetes is that i can no longer dump sugar into my coffee and enjoy the yummy deliciousness of sugar in pretty much anything else anymore. This was probably one of the hardest things for me to accept and i wasn’t sure how I was going to deal with it. Luckily after scouring the earth (searching the internet) for an answer I kept hearing about this sweetener called Stevia, a zero calorie all natural sweetener. At first I ignored it because I thought it was simply another artificial “Sweet-n-Low” type sweetener, and I hate that stuff. Then after drinking coffee without sugar one time I realized I had nothing to lose but my MIND. So i shot over to Whole Foods and found Pure Via and threw a packet of that in my coffee the next day and wow was I surprised! I had to check my blood sugar to make sure I wasn’t going crazy because for a second I believed that it was actually sugar! I was so excited I told everyone i know which led a co-worker to bring in another brand for me to try, Truvia.

I liked this one even better and the best part was it actually LOOKS like sugar too.

Then i started noticing the there are lots of products out there that use different brands of Stevia including Vitamin Water Zero and Sobe Life Water (my two favorites).

If this sounds too good to be true, well, i don’t know what to tell you go try it for yourself!

07
Apr 2012
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Whats wrong with my eyes!

I don’t know how many other newly diagnosed diabetics had to deal with this, but in the first three or so weeks after lowering my blood sugar my eyes were effed up big time. They weren’t focusing properly and I was having trouble seeing anything close. At the time I didn’t know anything about diabetes and I was pretty sure I was going blind. Google only made things x10 worse, I’m sure you can imagine trying to search for “eye problems” with “diabetes” anywhere in the search string. After finally seeing my endocrinologist about it I was assured it would go away and was entirely due to the rapid change in my blood sugar level.

Fortunately the issues slowly went away after about three weeks and after seeing an optometrist I was told I have 20/20 vision and no other issues found. I figured I would post about this since I couldn’t find anything to help me when i was dealing with this!

06
Apr 2012
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