By RoselynP Latest Reply 2014-10-07 17:53:46 -0500
Started 2014-10-06 16:35:11 -0500

My A1c is 14.3. My doctor said if I don't get better control of my diabetes, I might easily slip into a coma. Anyone have any suggestions as to what I can start doing to bring this number down? My doctor has increase my insulin usage each day by two (15 to 17) and I have to keep increasing it until it falls within range. It's been out of control for so long and I actually know what I should be doing but I can't seem to make myself do it.

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wraithmb 2014-10-06 18:50:22 -0500 Report

Hi Roselyn, I was in the same position as you for a number of years. I managed to go from an a1c of 11.2 down to 7.2 in about 4 months.

What I did was took a couple days to just notice what I do regularly, things like eating and getting coffee at work, and even going to bed and driving to work. What I did then was to plan my blood test and insulin injections around that schedule. For example, I left every morning at 8:30 to take my son to school, so alarm, test and insulin were all at 8 and 8:15. After a day or two, I decided where to change times and add or remove blood tests, but I stuck with before and 2 hrs after every meal. I got a couple more days of testing, and finally started from scratch on doses (carb ratio as I am t1d) and corrections for my high blood sugars. I set reminders And bought myself a smart watch as well, so I would have a watch beep and visual indicator as well. I chose a cookoo watch for this, but a close second was the global assistive watch with 12 alarms as well as a timer if I remember correctly. Strangely enough this is what I believe was the key to remembering everything, as I set everything up on my iPhone calendar. I also use the iBGstar meter and software to record all of my data, which I can email to myself or my diabetic team as a csv file for use in excel.

Biggest of all though, I came here. The understanding, information, and abundance of support have helped me soooooo much, I can't even begin to explain!

To this day I still get "diabetic burnout", however I still keep up with my schedule. I've gotten used to all the poking and my days just don't seem right if I miss a blood test… I think it's been a success!

RoselynP 2014-10-07 08:33:41 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing. I am going to sit down with my husband and make a plan of action for myself. I have been thinking about my behavior, eating habits and all the other things that I have been doing. I know I need to think positive that my diabetes will get better. I have a really bad habit of just giving up when I don't see some kind of success quickly. My mindset has to be changed. I am going to continue on this life changing journey and with God's help and my husband's and with friends like all of you, I know I will succeed!

Glucerna 2014-10-07 17:53:46 -0500 Report

Excellent suggestions from wraithmb and I'm glad you're planning on talking with your husband to get his help. When you meet a specific goal, like testing your blood sugar regularly or paying attention to the grams of carbohydrate in meals, that's progress that you can be proud of. ~Lynn @Glucerna

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