Hi! My names dedhead and I'm a diabetic…!
I have been attempting for the past several years to finally get control of my Type I (as opposed to the previous 20 when I just hoped it would all go away!!). Now, I have moved around often, so no history with any 1 doc (went 10 years without insurance and any doc; that was fun!). Over the past 6 months I have genuinely been trying to change my life pattern of obesity/morbid obesity. Man, do I wish for the good old days when your doc would give you drugs to help!!! Speed may kill, but it sure as hell also helps diet! I have for the first time in my life of 52 started exercising. Now of course my diet couldn't change overnight because of the amount of insulin I was on. It took 2 months to get to where I could start to count calories (my daily goal in 1200, which I usually don't meet). I've been brittle for years, so going low or high are not new experiences. Anyway, I know I'm obsessive, but I would feel more comfortable if I was ALLOWED 7 tests/day if needed. My doc thought she was being generous with a script for 4/d and I finally convinced her into 5, but she won't budge on any more. (Bummer, man, cause I was hoping to score some extra cash selling the extras to my friends…!) The closer I get to target calories with daily exercise, the more likely I am to go low. I've been working on not overcorrecting, cause that was a bad pattern too. By the time I got up this morning at 7:45, I was using my third strip. The only Endo that takes my insurances, while good, when presented with 5 months of carefully maintained records of dates, times, glucose, insulin, food, carbs, cals, exercise, and cals burned, with comments, on a self-created database, looked at the most recent month, said I did not need to lower my Lantus (that was 5 units ago), and wanted me to change my SS ratios fro 1:15 carbs to 1:10. Mo!!!rf!!!!ngA!shole!. Just to show I was willing to listen, I did try that ratio change for the next 2 days, went low constantly, and then went back to my own calculations. Am I just a nutty neurotic, or does someone have advise on what I can say to my PCP to get more test strips each day? (Luckily, a do have a great diabetic educator who has shown me how to calculate and does listen to me, but insurance mandates that I can't use any more 1:1 sessions with her, and I'm not a group personality!) O, and I already have severed neuropathy to the point I'm a fall risk.
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