Forgetting to Test Blood Sugar

Chris Clement
By Chris Clement Latest Reply 2014-06-16 15:28:29 -0500
Started 2014-06-11 12:56:25 -0500

For many years now I have struggled to test my BG as often as I should. I am supposed to test 4x/day. Many days I would end up with 1 or 2 tests. I have only recently been testing 3 to 4 times per day. With all that time behind me I can't seem to identify what the hold up was. So I ask you…

What keeps you from testing? What helps you remember? How do you keep BG testing in your daily routine?

8 replies

Stuart1966 2014-06-16 15:28:29 -0500 Report

This one is easy, in my humble opinion.

No matter how noble, or "correct" the act itself is self-injury in any other context in the known universe. Get one of the "old lancets" (ie bullets) versus the microfine stuff, and it makes a larger hole. Maybe necessary, maybe not given your skin thickness. But either way its a hole that was not there before hand.

If it cost me YOUR blood, or his, or hers, anybody else but ME, I'd be happy to test 10, 20, 384 times a day and would have no problems doing so, nor remembering to do so. However, because it is MY blood, personally I'm kinda fond of keeping the stuff IN my own freakin body… Im silly that way?

Readings are often not the specific number one requires/desires. If its not meeting ones needs, why on earth would you get happy about doing them?

As for pure memory, sure there are techniques, things one can do to make the act habit, but in the generic, the fact you are doing 2 is an incredible act of self discipline, and worthy of meaningful acknowledgement if not outright congradulations for them alone!

You want to do three, as a habit? Lets find some things out what YOU think is creating problems, preventing more testing, and see if we can short circuit them for you?

What do you believe are some of the issues???

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-12 11:25:25 -0500 Report

Now that I only test when I feel like it, I don't keep to a schedule. I tried all kinds of memory tricks because I didn't have a cell phone. If you have a smart phone with a clock, you might be able to use the Timer feature. I just used it for taking medication every 4 hours. I would take the medicine then set the timer for 4 hours later. You could do that for testing.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-12 00:36:27 -0500 Report

I am only required to test 3 times a day. So I test first thing in the am, then 2 hrs. after lunch, then before bed. This has worked for me because I had a bad low happen to me while I was asleep twice. Thankfully my dog woke me up both times and I was able to take care of the problem. There's nothing like a big scare to help you remember.

kimfing 2014-06-11 19:36:52 -0500 Report

I set alarms on my phone or tablet.

wraithmb 2014-06-12 08:49:56 -0500 Report

I also have a cookoo watch that pairs with my phone… Having my phone going off at work is a safety hazard as I work around heavy equipment. I also keep all my results and dosages and correction dosages on my iphone. I use the ibgstar meter as well so it syncs with my phone too. I'm such a nerd…

What keeps me from testing? Forgetting and frustration. When life gets hectic, I forget tests, insulin, pretty much everything. Frustration comes in when nothing seems to go right…in the past I have just given up…

neverlowbg 2014-06-11 14:34:47 -0500 Report

When I was thinking of going on the pump my endo told me I needed to test at least six times a day I was testing maybe two so what i did was put a tester in kitchen one in the car one in my office remember testers are free just ask dr for one and test strips were covered by ins yes I has to have my dr send a letter to ins company for more strips a month wich they approved now every time I saw the tester I tested next thing I knew I was testing 10-12 times a day after a month it was programmed into my brain to test and now I test without thinking about it it's kinda just natural now and I test 6-8 times a day my pump works great no lows no highs anymore cause I test and get the correct insulin I need day to day another benefit to my multi meter bg testing marathon was I and my endo saw trends and places I could improve on where I was too much or not enough insulin my last week of my month marathon testing I got a cgm from my endo she has loaners it checked my bg while sleeping and the testing kept it calibrated and she was able to see a whole week 24 hrs a day of bg tests done every ten minutes that was cool then they compare that to my bg tests and wala my bg is very much better managed went from 12.4 to 6.5 in three months after that and I feel great

Type1Lou 2014-06-11 13:49:18 -0500 Report

I now test an average of 8 times per day. I have been on a pump since August 2011 even though I've been using insulin since 1976. I find that I'm testing more often on the pump to see what I need to bolus for meals and to check if the bolus I took is working and whether I need to add more insulin. I also test to verify if I'm feeling low. I just tested and found out I was at 54, so I just ate a fast-acting carb to get it back up and stop me from going lower. It helps that I have insurance covering 80% of the test strip cost. I seem to have some Dawn Phenomenon fastings too, so I test around 3 am to try and get a handle on that. My last A1c was 6.8 and I'm expecting the next one in July to be lower.

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