Wednesday, May 16, 2012

D Blog Week: One Thing To Improve

Day three of Diabetes Blog Week! Today's topic plays off of yesterday's topic.

Yesterday we gave ourselves and our loved ones a big pat on the back for one thing we are great at. Today let’s look at the flip-side. We probably all have one thing we could try to do better. Why not make today the day we start working on it. No judgments, no scolding, just sharing one small thing we can improve so the DOC can cheer us on!

Oh the area I need to work on. There are several, I won't lie. But what I'm currently working on is testing and being more careful about my "guessing" carb amounts and depending on my CGMS instead of actually checking my blood sugars to confirm the results.

I've written about my decision to take a break from my CGMS, in order to force myself to test my blood sugar more often. I'm still on my break. And it's still not easy. But I'm doing it.

The decision was not an easy one to come to, especially since I live alone. I'm already improving. I am testing way more often, because I have to. And I'm not snacking nearly as much. When I do snack, I'm testing and bolusing for everything.

The most annoying thing? Waking up to test in the middle of the night. Still. I HATE it. I like my sleep. I don't like having to set an alarm to wake me up at 2:30.

The good news? I'm planning on starting back on my CGMS later this week. It's for a couple of reasons. One is because I think I'm actually getting back to where I need to be. Another reason is because I'm getting ready to take a trip and I know how my blood sugar gets when I'm traveling. Having CGMS on is an extra safety net, when travel can cause some crazy blood sugar swings.

The true test (pun intended), will be when I get back from my trip. If I can continue to test my blood sugar like I should, and not rely solely on my CGMS. But if I start to slack again, I know that I can trust that my D-OC friends will light a fire under me. And I know that I can always force myself to test, but taking another mini-vacation from CGMS.

As always, see more Diabetes Blog Week posts on this topic by clicking HERE.


Tricia said...

We all have areas we can improve upon and it's always good to know our own shortcomings. I give you props for recognizing and being able to talk about yours! I'm happy to hear you're getting back to where you want to be and will be on your CGM again soon! I wish we lived closer, I think if you hung around me, you may be more inclined to test a little;) I somehow got David to test more often, not sure how, but I did! I think it's a "chain reaction" sort of thing. Anytime you need support or a (gentle) kick in the but, I am here for ya!:)

Anonymous said...

Congrats - it sounds like you are accomplishing exactly what you set out to do. I want to know more about this testing at night thing. I thought only us nervous nilly 'rents did that regularly. Do you usually do that when not on CGM, or just while you're trying to get settings down? (I've been trying to get settings "down" for over five years and thus still checking at 2:30am). :)