Quick note before I start: I got this wonderful piece of art from Melissa Arandia’s art blog. View the post here.
My next proverb in diabetes language:
A penny saved is a penny earned.
Testing more often is a high avoided.
Ha! It’s actually somewhat lyrical! I’ve always liked poetry, but I like free verse because I can’t rhyme.
So, to the meaning part. I know it’s sort of self explanatory, but oh well, because I’m going to explain it anyway.
Test your blood sugar more often! I should take my own advise, since I’m not perfect. For example, I’ll feel fine so I’ll skip testing for lunch. Don’t do this. You might end up having perfect numbers, but when you look at the records, your doctor might have been able to take something out of that one number and it could help adjusting basals or something else.
Bottom Line: Test even when you don’t think you need to. (Though I don’t mean to test when you are fine, just test before meals.)
Type 1 Diabetic, Teenage diabetes blogger, Bad Rhymer
If you’ve noticed, I’m not good at rhyming, I’m good at saying what I want to say. Well, this is what I want to say.
I would actually give yourself insulin whenever you want to eat food. I know from experience. Sometimes either I’ll bolus twenty or thirty minutes after a meal, or just wont bolus. Wouldn’t recommend this technique. You almost always go high, and it’s not good for your numbers.
Besides you just feel better when you’re steady and not up and then down and up and down and up and down. Get the picture.
I really feel like I’m lecturing anybody who is reading this, so don’t take it that way, as I’m the only person I know who bolus’s late. I guess it’s just some advise born from experience.
Type 1 Diabetic, Insulin Dependent, Apple Eater
Welcome to Claire Montgomery’s all new “Diabetes Proverbs”! The whole concept is that I take a well know proverb, and turn it into a “diabetes proverb”. For example:
A squeaky wheel gets the grease
A beeping pump gets basal rates adjusted
This is a tribute to my CGM (continuous glucose monitor) for driving me crazy by doing things like beep. Beeping isn’t a bad thing, it just says that your numbers are off and maybe you should adjust. But the only way it can help is if you are a good diabetic and actually take the time to plug in your Carelink and send it off to your doctor. Which reminds me, because I need to do that.
All I’m saying is that when your CGM alarms, do something about it instead of ignore it. And because of that you will be all the more healthy and feel better.
Type 1 Diabetic, Insulin Pumper, Proverb Changer
I went to the movies last night. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the movies. But it’s really the big thing that throws my numbers off.
I went with three friends last night, Atalya, Sofie, and Adrian. Cool people. But whenever I’m with friends I neglect my diabetes more. Well, not really. I just don’t pay attention as much when my CGM says I’m high, and maybe I’ll bolus five minutes before a meal instead of fifteen.
But when you put the whole movie thing into perspective, I just seem to go wacko. For instance:
I’ll ignore my “hands off of non-diet soda” rule.
Then I’ll proceed to chug it down, and not wait for thirty minutes for my insulin to soak in.
Who really knows how many carbs movie popcorn has, and really, how much are you going to eat when you have to share with three other people?
You get the idea. So imagine me last night. We were all trying to figure out if we should get the combo with the nachos or the hot dogs, what size popcorn, whose drink is whose, etc. Meanwhile, my CGM was beeping, saying, Bolus! You’re 200!
But I’m focused on, that’s my drink, I got the Sprite. I want three straws. I’ll hold the popcorn if you hold the drinks. But I’ve still got this nagging feeling in the back of my head. You need to test, moron, or you’re going to go even higher!
So I glance around, and the place is packed. Most people were watching us bicker over popcorn sizes. No way was I going to let go of my popcorn and show the world that I can stick a needle into myself on command.
So finally we walk into the theater, find our seats, and I can take out my tester and test. Yup. 250. So I bolus for 120 carbs (I know, I’m crazy), and try to convince myself that I’m not thirsty and I wont drink some of my really high carb soda.
During the movie, I glanced at my CGM, and hey, I had an arrow going down! Everything was great. But my victory was short lived, because just a little later I’m about 250 and steady.
I pretty much stayed 250 that whole night, sometimes going a little higher. That in itself is a victory for me. I managed to bolus about the right amount of carbs, and didn’t shoot up to 300! Points for Claire!
So maybe next time I’ll get myself down before the movie starts and stay at a steady 150 instead of 250. And maybe you’ll be smart, and do the same. Good luck!
The movie, by the way, was I Am Number Four. I would highly recommend the movie, though it did get a little scary. The action scenes were incredible, parts of it were funny, the plot was genius.
Type 1 Diabetic, Teenage Diabetes Blogger, Movie Goer