May DSMA Blog Carnival

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I am participating in this month’s DSMA Blog Carnival and the prompt for May is:

What do you consider to be your Diabetes Strengths?  What do you think are your Diabetes Weaknesses?

I’ll start with my weaknesses so I can end on a good note :).  I’m HORRIBLE at counting out chips.  I love chips (way more than sweets) and I could eat a whole bag if given the chance.  Whenever chips come in my presence, I know that my blood sugar is going to be high.  It’s inevitable no matter how hard I try.  My husband always tells me to put the chips in a cup so I don’t eat more than I think but that isn’t nearly as appetizing to me.

I’m bad at changing my lancet.  I’m pretty sure I have gone at least 6 months with one lancet before.  I don’t have any evidence that’s the case but I so infrequently change them that at some point I must have gone that long without changing a lancet.  While we are talking about finger pricks, I am also bad about using alcohol pads every time to clean my finger.  I know this is bad and I’m not sure why I get lazy with this either since who knows what is all over my finger (esp after using my iPhone).

I also suck at changing my infusion set every three days as recommended.  For a while there I was changing my CGM sensor every three days and that helped me to change my infusion set every three days but then I learned you could “trick” the sensor into getting another three days out of it and then my infusion set site changes suffered.  I think I average about every 4 days if I’m lucky.  Some weeks it might end up being every five days and then I get a lovely red mark on my belly.

I’m bad at using or trusting my bolus wizard on my insulin pump.  For a long time my basal rates were too high and as a result I would get low a lot if I used my bolus wizard.  I hate being low so I would just not use the bolus wizard and I would just SWAG (a new term I learned from DBlog Week meaning Scientific Wild Assed Guess, which when I was double checking to see if it was Ass or Assed I found this awesome post).  After a few months of basal testing, I do have much better rates (reduced my rates by half!) so now I am trusting my bolus wizard a little more.  Which also brings me to another weakness-pre-bolusing before a meal.  I am horrible at this.  The main reason I never did this was because my basal rates were never good so I never trusted my bolusing for meals so never thought the pre-bolus was that important.  I also worried that I wouldn’t eat all of my meal and I would be left with extra insulin.  Well now that I have semi-good basal rates and have the realization that I’ve never not eaten what I thought I was going to eat, I need to start doing this more.

I’m pretty sure I could keep listing a ton of weaknesses I have when it comes to my Diabetes.  But I think the biggest weakness I have is my fear of being low.  When I was growing up, doctors told my parents it was better for me to be a little high than to risk a low.  This created a horrible habit for me because I got way more used to being high than low.  If my blood sugar gets below 100, I usually feel low.  I am very happy in the 150-200 range.  I don’t even feel high in the 200’s.  It has to take me to be around 275 before I start to feel slightly bad from a high.  My husband and I are trying to start a family in the next year, so I’ve been trying for about 6 months to a year to really get my blood sugars low but it’s so hard.  It’s such a hard habit to break.  My A1C’s have been in the 7’s and I don’t think my blood sugars are too out of control since I don’t get wild highs usually but staying around 200 is not good to baby to be.  I have to start feeling more comfortable around 80-120.

I’m not sure I have as many Diabetes Strengths as I do Weaknesses.  Brainstorming the weaknesses ideas flowed easily and resulted in a very long list.  Strengths were a little tougher.  I’m great at stockpiling supplies.  Although this might not technically be a strength, I’m set if something were to happen to my insurance for a little bit (working for a small business you never know what could happen).  I have recently started exercising regularly which has helped my overall health.  I like to think I eat pretty healthy (with the exception of a chip pigout) so I don’t get crazy highs.  I test my blood sugar a LOT, like literally a minimum of 10 times per day, quite different from my college days.  I’m organized and can stick to a routine well which is so necessary for good control.  And I suppose the greatest strength I have is that I am good with numbers, I am an accountant after all :-P.  Being good with numbers is a blessing for diabetes control since bolusing and changing basal rates and all requires a ton of math.  I have many strengths and weaknesses when it comes to my diabetes, just like I have good days and bad.  I’m still trying everyday to have control over my diabetes and not let it control me. 🙂

“This post is my May entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival.  If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2013/may-dsma-blog-carnival-3/

Diabetes supplies stockpile

Diabetes supplies stockpile


7 thoughts on “May DSMA Blog Carnival

  1. Your second to last paragraph is me 100%. Huge fear of going low, but I’ve really made some good strides on this over the last 12 months. My current goal is pre-bolusing at least 15 minutes before every meal (unless I’m below 100…which, is never the case). Hoping to start trying for baby in the next year. =)

    • That’s awesome! I started pre-bolusing yesterday so I’m one day strong 😛 Good luck with baby goals-I’m hoping for next year as well (would be sooner but stupid A1C is getting in the way)

  2. I agree with the targets comment as well. I’m not comfortable in the low-end-of-normal range either (goes back to a time when I aimed for a low-end-of-normal BG and ended up in big trouble more than once). But I don’t raise my high-end target either, which gives me a very narrow window to shoot for. It’s tough.

  3. I can relate for sure! change a lancet? That happens when I can’t get blood from a finger anymore. How awful is that! I was in the same boat about being high safer than low. That was when I had a bad endo who told me that. Now I’m kinda on the low end a lot which I know is so not good. Good luck on things and getting baby ready, that’s where my hubby and I are at too.

  4. Oh those chips – they are a weakness for me too. The cup thing doesn’t work for me because I end up going back and refilling it!! But anyway, you have such a great list of strengths too, so give yourself a big pat on the back for those!! 🙂

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