How do you keep on top of your BG?

daydreamer630
By daydreamer630 Latest Reply 2011-12-07 14:43:45 -0600
Started 2011-11-30 09:52:38 -0600

I was wondering how you keep up with all your BG testing. I've had D for 18yrs and I still have trouble remembering to test every so often. How do you handle it?


15 replies

LindseyLou993
LindseyLou993 2011-12-05 11:35:51 -0600 Report

I ask my friends to remind me to do it. Also, I am a student so I know after two of my classes I should check my sugars. Or when i stop to my dorm for a break I know I should check it. I've gotten really good at doing it when I'm walking and driving :) Never let it hold you back!

roshy
roshy 2011-12-07 14:43:45 -0600 Report

women are great multi taskers!!! but just becareful!!! testing your sugars while driving isnt the safest idea!!!
do you test every two hours?? im a student iswell and i test once in the morning, once at lunch time, once before dinner and once at night!! then id test if i felt iffy!!! but testing every two hours seems hard core!!
I find in college im very liberal with it!!! ive even changed a cartridge infront of my classmates and they dont seemed to be bothered about it!! it makes things a lot easier!!

roshy
roshy 2011-12-01 17:40:27 -0600 Report

heya dude!!! the alarm idea is fantastic!!some meters come with the added bonus of having an alarm which is extremely handy!! ive gotten into the routine of being extremely liberal with testing my sugars in public!!! so i do it wherever whenever i like!!! i can understand why some people feel uncomfortable doing infront of other people but hey!! its important that these things are done in order that you stay on top of things!!! i hate the idea of having to find a toilet or doing it in the car!!! thats a pain in the arse!!! and would turn you off the task altogether!!

Sure practice makes perfect and soon youll find that its just one of those things you do naturally!!

best of luck!!

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2011-12-01 17:45:54 -0600 Report

I test where ever and when ever I need to do so. If I'm in public, I may do the lancet and meter on my lap below table level. If anyone asks, I explain. No one has ever reacted beyond the offer of a tissue when they saw the blood.

I think that when we act calm and like whatever we are doing is ordinary, others may not understand it, but will be curious rather than critical or upset. I don't mind people knowing, because I see it as a great time to do a little diabetes education with them.

meowbat
meowbat 2011-12-01 17:58:14 -0600 Report

So far I only test 1x daily. quay is the self appointed schedule keeper. If we happen to be out we i need to do my thing, I just do it. Anybody asks, truth works wonders, I'm a Diabetic. This is what we have to do.

roshy
roshy 2011-12-01 17:57:07 -0600 Report

when i think about my dads generation of type ones, they really did keep it a secret in fear of the societys reactions!! i think it brilliant now people can have the freedom to do it in public!!! what a total revolution all the same!!! if my child had type one itd encourage him/her to do the same!!! and your right, the more objective information people have the better it is for everyone understanding of the condition!!

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2011-12-01 18:55:14 -0600 Report

I had a funny/sad experience when first diagnosed. My supervisor, because of the HIPPA laws regarding confidentiality about medical issues in the workplace, went into total "not going to talk about it" mode. She was amazed when she discovered I was chatting about iit in the workplace. I also later discovered it was also prompted by her fear that she had caused the problem (?!) which is the closest I ever game to an admission that I was overworked. Eventually, she told me her father was diabetic and becoming one was her absolutely greatest fear.

I was in an administrative position at the time, so had a rather broad sphere of influence, and was just amazed at how many people told me they were diabetic. It was kind of like having a supervisor who was willing to be open, opened it up for all the others who were clandestine diabetics. We even had an informal support group and refered newly diagnosed folks to someone more experienced who could mentor.

Going back to the early to mid 1900's, diabetes was considered a death sentence because we didn't have effective means of dealing with it. That and lack of protection in the workplace was a big part of where the fear of disclosure came from.

Young1s
Young1s 2011-11-30 12:07:55 -0600 Report

I have both my meter and my cell phone alarms set as my reminders. My cell phone is almost always with me so, even if I can't drop everything and test right away, I just keep hitting the snooze alarm and I'm reminded every five mins until I do. Another thing is, I never leave the house without my meter kit. I have actually stuck my hand in my purse as I was walking down the street and tested that way. I hope it just looked like I was rumaging through it but don't reeaally care if it didn't.

daydreamer630
daydreamer630 2011-11-30 12:14:50 -0600 Report

I always have issues testing on the go. I guess I'm just not coordinated enough to hold the meter and poke my finger at the same time. I'll have to try the purse approach! Oh, and the alarms are a great idea. I'm trying that tactic now. Crossing my fingers I stick with it!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-11-30 11:44:14 -0600 Report

For me, Dreamer, it is ingrained in me. When I get up in the AM I go to test my BG levels. When I eat, I test 2 hrs after the meal I've chosen for the day and I test before I retire for the night.

Do I forget? Sometimes. But I get back on the horse and ride it. After 16 years, it is pretty well established in me.

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