Memory problems / somewhat venting I suppose :)

By Bittershweet Latest Reply 2014-07-05 00:55:49 -0500
Started 2014-06-25 15:02:51 -0500

One of my main problems is remembering to check my sugar and take my meds or I fight myself about it like I will tell myself it's time to check and it's like internally I say no or I will get around to it. I am struggling to get pass this. As a result my doctor put me on daily injections until I can check more regularly and made my insulin pump a reward if I accomplish this. I see where she is coming from but I feel that it is more of a punishment than a reward because my bs were better with it than the injections. Does anyone else have this memory problem or battle with themselves to check their sugar?

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hantuni 2014-07-05 00:55:49 -0500 Report

Well I have to admit that when the every two hours thing doesn't work, I get my partner to treat me like a child again, … Incredibly embarrassing and I should have more will power but … He removes all treats from the house and I have a 'sticker chart' if you will if I can test at the set 8 times I am ment to then I earn the reward of a treat or a meal out,

I guess it makes it more in to a game which works better for me, as I hate chores and love to play

At times we've even mad the rules harder as I've got better and brought in a sliding scale depending on what my levels are, 10.5 and above and I'm only getting crisps or a kiddy size chocolate bar for my treat :( … 10.4 and below and we can go out for dinner or have a treat of my choosing :D …

For me it's all about getting that treat haha and on the plus side my sugars end up looking good too!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-07-01 00:41:04 -0500 Report

I had a serious memory problem for a while. I found out that mine was due to the statin my doctor put me on for cholesterol. He had to change it several times until he found the only one that I could take (Lipitor). Now my memory is a lot better and I am able to test right and function better on a daily basis. I now keep a tester at home and I carry one in my purse. I test first thing when I get up, after lunch and before bed ( I am only allowed 3 times on my insurance). So once I started testing on this schedule I am doing a lot better. I am also recording everything I eat, and have noticed how different foods, effect my sugar. I hope you are able to start a schedule and stick to it.
Best Wishes

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-06-27 22:16:44 -0500 Report

Hi Bittershweet,

Welcome to Diabetic Connect! Glad you are here.

Diabetes can feel like a full time job, and it's only human to not want to deal with the daily chores of checking your blood and doing your injections. You are not alone. But look at it this way, the better you take care of yourself and manage your diabetes, the better you will feel, not and going forward. Taking the best possible care of yourself is worth the effort!

I hope you will stay in touch with us!


Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-06-26 15:40:04 -0500 Report

I never tested for years, didn't want t, didn't remember, too expensive, I just didn't. After I decided to get a pump, and HAD to in order for the insurance to approve it, I switched my thinking. I started looking at testing for what it is, information, it is just data. Why not have the most accurate, timely data to plug into my pump? I have thousands of dollars wrapped up into it, so I figure I'm putting all the info into the thing that I can and getting every pennies worth out of it.
I do agree with you though, a pump is not a reward, after finally getting one, I feel lost without it.

Bittershweet 2014-06-27 03:23:30 -0500 Report

I hate that my doctor has put me on probation from my pump >.< !!! As much as I have struggled with not wanting to test or trying to remember to test I'm just like cut me some slack ya know? At least now I know for sure I want and miss my pump (a love/hate relationship but one I'm most happy to be a part of) . I will find out in a week or so if I have earned it back or not.

neverlowbg 2014-06-26 13:03:49 -0500 Report

The way I got over it I had three meters on I car one in kitchen at table one in living room and for a month every time I saw or walked by one just tested after about a month just became second nature to test now I test six to eight times a day and most times I don't even know I'm doing it now pills are were next to fridge so when I got my water in am just took pills when I got water took awhile but finally got into a routine

4mouseketeers 2014-06-25 19:53:06 -0500 Report

Sometimes when there is just so much going on in my mind I do forget. Not so much with the testing but with my pills. I don't always do that & usually remember before too many hours go by. Setting an alarm is a good idea (if I would remember to set it!!) With me, I don't think it is a subconscience thing but just sometimes overwhelmed by too much. I am bad about setting alarms for something I am cooking & then ignoring the alarm til I smell something.

Bittershweet 2014-06-25 21:08:03 -0500 Report

I get overwhelmed a lot and it does get me all scrambled if I have or haven't checked my bs or if I have or haven't taken my pills. I'm very disorganized with my personal stuff but at work it's like everything has it's place and I know exactly what needs to be done and of i have done it or not. I just don't want to think of this as a job I know that will burn me out and then I will be back to square one if not worse lol so I am slowly figuring out what works for me.

Bittershweet 2014-06-25 17:40:55 -0500 Report

Type1Lou I agree with that completely. My goal is to start checking more cause I feel that the more it is involved the more I will notice and remember to check. The main problem I see is making it a habit that I will stick to. I will definitely try though cause I need to lower my A1C. I am so excited I found this app just the few things I have read and how everyone on here is very helpful and positive has definitely helped a lot! Thank you very much for the welcoming also :)

Type1Lou 2014-06-25 16:05:42 -0500 Report

I remember hearing a motivational speaker mention that we each have a "choice" to act or not to act…I'll extrapolate and say as diabetics, we each have a choice to test or not to test. That choice is entirely ours and we own it…and its consequences. I have been testing 8 times a day and find it gives me the information I need to take control of my diabetes. The greater control I achieve is the reward I get for testing as often as I do. I have only been pumping since 2011 but have had diabetes since 1976…probably before you were born. You have within you the strength to make the right choices to control your diabetes…no one else can do that for you. Wishing you well, Emerald and welcome to DC. It's a great site with wonderfully supportive people. You are not alone!

Bittershweet 2014-06-25 15:53:54 -0500 Report

See I do the same panic thing and it's like I will do good for a week or so and then I fall right back into the same rut. I have even tried just leaving the alarms at two hours but I honestly just turn them off when they go off and I'm ok time to check but then I get side tracked and think I have checked it when I really haven't. It's a real bummer. I would be grateful for any helpful ideas or anything. Thank you!!

hantuni 2014-06-25 15:46:36 -0500 Report

I have the exact same problem and normally get to the point where I start to panic that I don't know what's going on with my sugars and begin to fear the worst! … At this point I start the 2 hour alarms for about a week (over the top I know) but it does clear all the worry and panic and gets me back on track with my routines and levels at every point of the day. After the week I'm quite happy to take my sugars before and 2 hours after meals as it seems like nothing after testing every 2 hours :) … And I'm in better control as I know when to watch for lows and spikes :)

IronOre 2014-06-25 15:40:08 -0500 Report

I have never been on the pump, but I know where you are coming from.
After 39 yrs of T1 there are times when I can't remember if I took my shot or not; It has become so second nature to me that I don't think about it when I do it and therefore at times don't remember if I took it or not. Heck, after taking over 50,000 shots in my lifetime I should be able to forget a few of them.
As far as testing goes . . . I really don't have a set schedule when I check, but I check when I need to,, typically 4 times a day. So in this case I guess I can't relate to what you are experienceing.

dianalee 2014-06-25 15:26:39 -0500 Report

I think it's more a subconscious choice than anything. I set an alarm on my phone for checking sugars and taking medication. Before I did that I'd forget all the time, now I usually do both before the alarm goes off so I can just cancel it. My husband is always telling me "medicine time" or "blood time" when he hears the alarms, which also helps keep me on track.

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