If you follow The Life of a Diabetic on Twitter, then this post is not going to sound like much of a surprise to most of you. My blood sugars have been crazy over the past 2 months, even 3. I haven’t seen my endocrinologist since October, which I was seeing her every month for 6 straight months so I can make changes quite frequently. There are multiple reasons for these higher blood sugars, but today they come to an end. Actually, yesterday they did, I didn’t have a blood sugar over 170 all day. Screw diabetes! Let’s get into some of the reasons.
- Diet – Or should I say lack there of. I haven’t been following any sort of diet at all. It’s just been eat whatever is made for dinner, or eat wherever Amanda and I feel like going out to eat. When I did go out to eat, I wasn’t ordering anything healthy, plus I would eat Amanda’s leftovers instead of taking them home, sometimes. Well my solution to this has been portion control. I haven’t been eating too much healthier, but I have been eating less, only one serving. At night, I then am eating a PB&J and that holds me off and also keeps my blood sugars stable.
- Exercise – Once again, lack there of. The portion control helps some, but added exercise would make things a lot better and also help me lose more weight, which means less insulin, which means the longer I have to wait before I buy more of it. I have gone back to doing little things to get more exercise, that you may not even think about. For example, when I did laundry last night, instead of bringing upstairs all of my dress shirts, I walked them up one at a time and walked up and down the stairs about 10-15 times. I park a little further from the store and make myself walk a further distance. These little things will add up to big things for me.
- Lack of Testing – I know that I am running low on strips, so I have been testing less. I always told myself that I wouldn’t do that, but I am. I still test 4-5 times a day, so it’s not that bad, but I don’t catch the guys until it is too late. I can’t pick up on trends of my blood sugar that way. I will be getting a full 90 day supply of strips next month, so I have enough to get my by until then. The only problem is that I’m not so sure how accurate the meter is because I don’t have control solution. And I must say, I was a big fan of Home Diagnostics products (True2Go, TrueRead etc.), but lately as much as I have been complaining about their product, I haven’t heard a single thing from them. Where are you on social media and tracking your company brand? Bad, bad, bad job. In fact, 3 of their competitors have contacted me because I was tweeting about not liking HDI. (Being a social media consultant, I tend to prefer businesses that are doing social media right).
- Max Bolusing – Well, since I haven’t been testing, and then I haven’t been eating healthy, and I haven’t been counting carbs, what else am I going to do? Max bolus of 25.0 and then eat to the bolus or if my sugar was high, which I’m assuming it was over the past couple of months, then that would include the correction bolus that I would need.
This is not something that I am proud of at all, in fact, I am quite embarrassed by it. But, what can I do about it now? I can’t change the past couple months, but what I can do is continue to get better at doing the right things and keep moving forward.