When do you quit analizing and just go with the flow?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2009-02-15 10:16:03 -0600
Started 2009-02-12 18:27:29 -0600

I sometimes think that I am becoming a number junkie and test and test just to see and try to figure out things that I just can't find an answer to.
Do any of you make charts of your numbers so you can find patterns? Or do you just let your doctor figure things out and tell you what to do.
I am just going nuts lately trying to find reasons my sugar won't go down…

19 replies

Anonymous 2009-02-14 13:45:38 -0600 Report

Every Friday morning I send my numbers and any notes I made to my Doctor. He graphs them and charts them and if he sees problems he will call me. If not we will go over them at my next visit( I go monthly) By now I know what works and what does not but sometime I slip and cheat and then I find out what happens and I document that so I will know. I am making red velvet cake for my hubby for Valentines and I know I will have a piece, so I will document that. LOL

Sheryl 2009-02-14 12:05:11 -0600 Report

I test twice a day, morning is fasting and my second test is two hours after I start my dinner.
I keep a spread sheet of all my numbers, broken down by am and pm, what foods I ate however not specific to portions.
Prior to a Dr appointment I take the dates from my last Dr visit through the day before my appointment and do a summary. To make this less complicated I write down in a note book my readings and foods then when I feel like it I update my spreadsheet…probably every couple of weeks.
I then do weekly averages and monthly averages both my am and pm and I present that spread sheet to my Dr.
I do not stress it any more because I find I can eat the same exact thing on a different day and come out with a huge variance in reading. No exact science here and it can make you nuts trying to figure it out..!
My Dr seems to like that format and it helps me as well.
Wish there was some 'magic' to this maddness…lol.
Hang in there kid!

GabbyPA 2009-02-14 18:20:37 -0600 Report

Thanks, I used to do my averages and I got away from doing that. That does give me a better view...thanks for the reminder

roger 2009-02-13 18:12:21 -0600 Report

i have one better. i have a pump with a CGMS that trackes it for me i can print it off my cp or let dr do it .but your not on the pump or it daes not offer this or i cant afford that i found out that you can some times barrow tihi system alone from some endo or md's for 48 hr or so for free ?

rbergman 2009-02-14 09:51:13 -0600 Report

I looked up some of the CGMS's and OMG, the cheapest I found was $1000 and the other ones wouldn't even put their prices on the websites, you have to fill out a form or call or have your insurance call which told me they weren't in my price range either lol
I agree they are a good idea for those with levels bouncing all over the radar but cost stands in the way for others like me I'm sure.

roger 2009-02-14 11:40:26 -0600 Report

check with endo to see if they have the systum to barrow my hosp has flyers in wateing rooms about using one for 48 hr or so

roger 2009-02-15 10:16:03 -0600 Report

no . had to look to see it. never tryed !what does it do ? i will have to look it up and try if it fits

rbergman 2009-02-13 17:39:37 -0600 Report

We don't do charts, of course we log all BG tests and then I figure a weeks average, sometimes you can have a high but the weekly average isn't so bad, after all an A1C is nothing but an average itself, if its good enough for the doctors to rely on then an average is good enough for me.

Of course if there are several highs in a row, and diet and exercise plans were followed and there was no cheating, then I test more often, myself and my daughter, sometimes it was just a bad reading due to not cleaning the test site well enough and others its just that high, I was told by Laura's Ped Endo, if she get a high, retest, if its still high wait 2 hrs and retest, if it is high again, do it a 3rd time, still too high call her anytime day or night because something is wrong.

GabbyPA 2009-02-13 10:31:56 -0600 Report

It is just so funny how when I have a string of good numbers I get all excited and feel great, but that bad string will send me to the pits sometimes and just make me feel like "forget it!" because I work so hard and still don't get anywhere. I am eager for summer. I know I do better in summer, less temptation to eat comfort foods. I see my doc for the first time on Tuesday, so I hope that he is helpful for me, and not just a text book reciter.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-02-13 10:38:18 -0600 Report

Yes, there is an important point I think every diabetic has to reach. That's the day when you stop feeling like the number on the meter is somehow a measure of what kind of a person you are.

The meter measures what happened in the past. No matter how much you don't like seeing the number on there, you can't go back and change what happened. The only thing you can do is learn from what happened and do better in the future. If you never knew about any of your mistakes, you could never improve. The meter is simply a tool to help you improve—even when the number it's showing you is not what you'd like.

GabbyPA 2009-02-13 10:44:20 -0600 Report

Yes, that is a very profound statement. I have heard it on one of the videos here too. Sometimes I remember it...sometimes I don't. I usually do try to learn from what I am doing or not doing. But sometimes it is just maddening. Like I have to strike beets off my food choices. I keep hoping a little here and a bit there, but they just spike me so badly. It is a bummer.
I have learned a lot, and I do want to do a comparriason chart so I can see my patterns and see if I can help make them better. I love my mid day readings because they are always my lowest. I just can't figure out how to have those readings earlier in the day, and then get them lower in my natural cycle of living. I am hoping the doctor will be able to give me some insight on what to do.

2009-02-14 05:21:43 -0600 Report

The added stress can definitely affect your numbers, and I think by constantly keeping these thoughts and how to deal with them are very stressful.
Try taking a day for yourself; clear your mind of as much worry as you can, eat a healthy diet, and test at usual times. See if there is any change.
Hopefully Helpful

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-02-13 10:26:54 -0600 Report

Gabby, I understand right where you are. We obsessed over numbers in the beginning. We second guessed and third guessed every time there was a high or a low.

We are definitely much more "go with the flow" now. I think you'll eventually relax about a few things. But as long as you feel like the testing and analysis isn't taking over your life (or your budget for that matter), then I say keep it up. Having a better understanding of what's going on, how your body is reacting, and how certain foods and activities affect you, these are all good things.

DonnaAnn 2009-02-13 07:28:26 -0600 Report

By this point in my life, I no longer obsess with numbers. I know what I can and can not eat and how much of it I can eat. And that is what i do and do not do.
I think the medical profession has a lot to do with the obsession of running the numbers game. they tell you to read and add and measure. I have not done that much math since the eight grade!
Read your ingredients, read your carbs. Know your carbs per meal and snack, and stay with in those numbers. Done!

2009-02-12 22:48:12 -0600 Report

I used to be that way when I was first diagnosed. Eventually, you'll get to know what works for you and what doesn't and you'll mellow out some. I still make spreadsheets of my numbers for the doctor but I don't stress over them anymore. They are what they are. I prefer to live as normal of a life as I can with this disease so I eat real food, correct portions, (not always, I'm human too) exercise, and limit junk foods and so far it's working. Yes I take meds but I didn't for 6 years and I'm proud that I made it that long on diet and exercise alone. If I've learned one thing about diabetes, it's that it's unpredictable and sometimes there is no rhyme or reason for what happens. A person can drive themselves batty trying to figure out this stuff and it's good to have the knowledge but not so good to cause added stress when there needn't be any. Yes it's important to keep track, but going with the flow is a good thing too sometimes..

2009-02-12 21:07:47 -0600 Report

I was ill awhile back, and was testing every 2 hours. When I told my doctor, he told me that wasnt necessary. To me, it was, my sugar was all over the place!

Going with the flow seems to make doctors think you don't care any longer, which is not the case.

highlandcitygirl 2009-02-12 18:41:04 -0600 Report

i have put myself under to much stress trying to figure it all out. i didn't need anymore on top of what i was dealing with. i am going with the flow for now. i will let my doctor deal with it, until i can get a grip on a few things. not for everyone, but right now it is for me.