need help of how to remember to check my Blood Glucose reading / my blood sugar?

ma mo
By ma mo Latest Reply 2013-03-02 20:51:18 -0600
Started 2013-01-17 20:39:19 -0600

I have been diagnosed of type 2 diabetic since July of 2001 . I visited my primary Doctor last week and she told me my sugar was high and had my A. 1.c blood work done before I saw her and that was lot higher then the last one trying to reach out to my professionals for help. I need some help of how to let myself remember to check it ?

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SnufflesMichelle 2013-03-02 20:51:18 -0600 Report

I have been Type One diabetic for 11 years now, I was diagnosed when I was six. I am 18 and facing many health problems because I have depended on other people to remind me all my life and I just can't seem to remember either. I am still struggling on remembering to check my blood sugar, but I just had a talk with one of my sisters and she helped me realize my priorities aren't right. First, do you want to change and remember to check your blood sugar? If so, why? And, is it your first priority? Yes, you may be in denial, Lord knows I am, but you should quit depending on other people (doctors, family, friends, etc..) to remind you to check it, and quit leaning on the fact that you're in denial and depressed when you see high blood sugars. When you see high blood sugars tell yourself, ok time to get it down, try as hard as you can and if you can't succeed then ask for help. It's ok to ask for help but it's not ok to ask for dependance on someone else for your diabetes when it is your responsibility. Yes, I know it's frustrating to hear this, I've been hearing it for 11 years, but quit looking to other people for answers on how to remember and decide what works best for you. And this does sound extremely simple, and that's because it is. Don't over complicate this, diabetes is a big deal but the management isn't.

Maggs777 2013-01-20 11:08:27 -0600 Report

Being a newbie I might not be too much help here but I'll try to give you some advice. You have known about your diabetes for a long time yet you have struggled to take your readings or even get food out of your house that you know is not good for you. I have probably had diabetes for a long time but never knew about it till recently. I am now facing serious complications to my kidneys, my vision is very blurry at times and a host of other issues. When I found out I was Type 1 my husband and I went through every food product we had in our house that contained high sugar content and threw it out. We then went grocery shopping and bought all healthy food that I can eat. I have been doing my meter readings up to 5 times a day right now and nobody has to tell me to do them.
My point is I am scared and I dont' want to be sick anymore. I want to live a long and healthy life to be here for my husband and my son as well as my grandchildren one day. I also have parents who I'm certain do not want to bury their daughter as well as siblings. Think about the other people in your life and how they feel. Taking your meter readings and managing your diabetes is a choice. How would your family feel if you just "CHOSE" to not take care of yourself. Are you scared of the complications that could arise from not doing the things you know you have to as a diabetic? Other than that all I can say is put a big message on your bathroom mirror that says something like "Take your meter readings".

ma mo
ma mo 2013-01-20 15:49:00 -0600 Report

I am been remembering to check my blood sugar for the past three days once / twice daily each day. Plus I am not scared just get depressed when I see the numbers that are high.

Maggs777 2013-01-20 16:24:56 -0600 Report

I'm really glad to hear you are checking your meter reads. Believe me I get frustrated when I know I am doing everything right and still continue to see extremely high numbers. You should feel scared because that is what will make you eat right. You admitted yourself that your doctor wants you to stop eating junkfood. Why do you think your reads are so high? Believe me before all of this I definately loved junk food too but since my diagnosis I haven't put 1 chip in my mouth. I haven't had one burger or frech fry. I haven't even thouched my skittles and I am addicted to skittles. Again it is all about choice and the reason I have had so much restraint is because I am scared. Take joy in the little accomplishments. Last night I had a meter read of 16mmol which is the lowest I have been since being diagnosed. Then today I'm back up to 24mmol. Frustrated yes but determined not depressed. Every time I get a high reading I go back over what I ate. Maybe start tracking your food so you can determine if you ate something you shouldn't have? Hope that's some help.

manapua72 2013-01-17 22:10:59 -0600 Report

How to remind oneself to check blood sugar ??? Simple just do it … Either u want to take of yourself or u don't … When I didn't care or as some say in denial , I didn't bother to check … At this stage of my life & journey with this illness I'm doing all I can to take care of myself and fight this so now I check all the time … So simple the truth is … So ? is do u want to take care of yourself yes then u will take your readings it will become second nature if u don't want to take care of yourself u won't ever remember to take your readings … So u been diabetic @ least 10 years and its not second nature to take your readings ??? That SCREAMS a lot to me … I was in the same boat for years … All I can say is I ENCOURAGE u to change !!!!!!!!!! I did … Recently … Take care of yourself , u more then any doctor or anyone else is in control of your diabetes …

ma mo
ma mo 2013-01-18 14:53:11 -0600 Report

I do have a very good Diabetic support team just I reach out to them for help by starting with my Care Manger and my Sweetser Case Manger and I called my diabetic Educator and my Dietition for help too. Plus I like my Dr. she is very good and she cares about my health and like me to stop eating junk food and she wants me to walk more and exercise more too. She is very very concern about my diabetic health. Just I just put off checking my Blood sugar for months.

ma mo
ma mo 2013-01-18 14:30:15 -0600 Report

I know what A1.c is and have my blood work testing done every three months and I've started checking my Blood Glucose level this morning before breakfast. Plus I started throwing out all the junk food away . I did thought my A1c was lot higher then I thought it was but it was 8.4 . When I check my sugar this morning it was 195 which is high but it is better then 200 or 300 but my goal is to get it control down between 80 and 120 mg/dl . I am going to eat better and exercise by walking more and more .

jayabee52 2013-01-17 21:39:01 -0600 Report

MA MO I am wondering if you are getting the tests confused. Usually the A1c is usually done every 3 months or so. A good Dr who is up to speed on the care of Persons With Diabetes (PWDs) will usually remind YOU when it is time. If they are not recommending you do your labwork (including A1c) then I would ask Dr why it is not being recommended or suggested. If you don't get an answer you like, then you may not be with the right Dr, and it would be time to find a new diabetes management team.

We PWDs do a blood glucose (BG) test with a home glucometer (blood testing meter) at least once a day. If it is this about which you are asking, I am wondering if you have a meter. You've had Diabetes Mellitus (DM) for nearly 13 yrs now.

I check my BG levels AT LEAST once a day, usually upon waking up. It is the first thing I do after voiding urine ('cause that is usually what wakes me). I want to know what my BG has done overnight. Then I decide what to eat for breakfast. If my BG is a bit high overnight, I eat something which is mainly protein. If I am close to "normalized" (80 to 120 mg/dl) then I may add some carbohydrates to the breakfast.

I usually check my BG at least 2 other times during my waking period. I seclect a meal to get a "postprandial" BG reading (postprandial is 2 hrs after eating) I rotate the days on which I follow what meal to be my postprandial measure. I do that to determine what certain meals do to my metabolism.

My third and final check for the night is just before going to bed for the night. If my BG is less than 130 mg/dl I will eat a small snack of a slow digesting carb, like an apple or graham cracker and pair that with a protein, like peanut butter or other nuts.

Some people's Drs have them monitoring their blood much more often or much less according to how serious the Dr thinks their DM is, and how agressive Dr wants you to be to contol it.

If it were me, I would have found a more agressive Dr a long time ago


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