Type 2 Out of control readings

By karen7t2 Latest Reply 2014-12-29 05:47:25 -0600
Started 2014-12-19 08:13:06 -0600

I have normally had an easy or fairly easy time with my blood sugars but for the last eight weeks, my readings have been over 7, sometimes up to 13. I tend to forget my afternoon meds but have been focusing more on remembering. I have an alarm set on my phone but tend to delay getting up to take my metformin. Any delay =FORGETTING. Lately I have been forgetting my morning meds too. sometimes only until lunch time. sometimes completely if it is a day whereas I don't work. Anyway, today my morning reading was ten. Not good. As soon as daughter got on bus, I returned to bed because i could hardly keep my eyes open. when I got up again at 8:30 I had a bowl of shreddies with some 2% milk. Tested sugar at 10 and sugar is now 15, an all time high. I thought shreddies were a good choice. :(
I haven't been to my Dr. in a long while. I had my D. blood work done in July and have not gone in for the results yet and I am past due for my next blood work. I know what you all are thinking…I am my own worst enemy. I really think that I have undiagnosed ADD and loose my focus extremely easily. I also drag my heels on making any appointments for any reason. Sorry for the long post. I am super frustrated in myself.

18 replies

sandyfrazzini 2014-12-26 07:37:27 -0600 Report

I understand what you are going through, I have gone days without taking my meds and I also have the container of weekly pills, sometimes I am just to tired or lazy to refill the pill boxes. I have started a habit by repeating the same thing at the same times each day and now it is just second nature. I keep my meds and glucometer next to the bed, first thing in the morning I turn on the lamp and test, then I get a drink and tane my pills all before my morning shower. When I get home from work I take my pm meds, it took me a while to form this habit but now I don't forget.

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Sally1965 2014-12-20 10:46:42 -0600 Report

Hi Karen, I got to a point where I was forgetting my evening meds a lot. Where do you keep your medicine? I bought a 3.00 seven day pill box that had morning and evening slots. I fill that on Saturday nights for the next week and then keep it laying on the bar in plain sight. I have not missed a dose since. I also have a large dry erase board hanging in my kitchen to list grocery items and other notes. In big red letters I wrote TAKE MEDICINE!! I hope this helps some and good luck,

sweetslover 2014-12-29 05:42:35 -0600 Report

I do exactly the same thing—fill my weekly pill container on Saturday night to prepare for the next week. I hate leaving it sitting out on the table, but I have found if I put it up in the cabinet, I occasionally forget to take my medicine. I now leave it where I eat my meals—right in plain site. If company is coming over, I can put it up if I want to.

karen7t2 2014-12-20 11:02:24 -0600 Report

Hi Sally.
I like the whiteboard idea. Maybe I can get one with a hammer built in it too . Lol
I have a seven day pill container and leave in out in plain sight but find that after awhile it is just "another piece of furniture."
The supper pill is my worst, mainly because I dislike cooking and kitchens in general and don't always eat at regular times. My phone reminder beeps. And I'm doing laundry or on the phone and though I do take note of the reminder, it ends there. Pathetic, I know.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2014-12-19 13:29:37 -0600 Report

Hi Karen!!!…Forgetting to take meds is not good…this is all fairly new to me as I was just diagnosed a couple mos ago..and I too in the beginning would forget my meds..was very frustrated by it…but I got one of those 7 day pill boxes ( for free from my local pharmacy but they also sell them)..and left it in the middle of my dinning room table…so now when I eat dinner they are right there in front of me…placing meds in places to make them impossible to miss helps…also the shreddies…I am assuming you mean shredded wheat cereal…is not the best thing to eat when you are already running high…for a couple of reasons…unless you are measuring very carefully..a lot of times people give themselves way over a serving of cereal..sometimes 2X as much as they are suppose to eat…and even the "healthiest" of cereals is very high in carbs…I am not telling you to stop eating them…but if you test in the morning and you are very high…a better choice for breakfast might be an egg with some cheese and nuts…good luck..I hope your levels improve..

jayabee52 2014-12-19 10:21:30 -0600 Report

Howdy Karen
Sorry to learn you're having such a difficult time with your BG (blood glucose) numbers.

Since you post your numbers in the mmol/l format it doesn't mean as much to us here in the USA so I've found a converter tool to make your readings understandable to us ~ http://diabeticgourmet.com/Tools_and_Calculat...

Your 15 mmol/l converts to 270 mg/dl for us.

By "shreddies" I would guess you mean what we'd call here "Shredded Wheat". I have had trouble with grain products and on my meal plan have discontinued eating all grain products (different reasons for different grains).

I also have ADHD/ADD. I was officially Dx'd in 2009. but it is clear I have had it all of my life by some of the teachers' comments from grade school: "work carelessly done" and "gives up too easily"..

If you are interested there is a sister site to DC called Attention Deficit connect ~ http://www.attentiondeficitconnect.com/ You only have to log in to it with your password from DC to get on. You might read something there which may help you manage or better cope with your ADD. That you have this issue does not mean you are stupid. In fact I have come to believe that in most cases people with ADHD/ADD are quite intelligent. (I have an earned Masters' degree) It does make me absent minded about certain things, Ir also allows me to hyperfocus on things that interest me greatly.

Likewise am resistant to going to the Dr.

Back to Diabetes, since you are T 2 you may get benefit from a meal plan I have developed for myself over 3 yrs ago.
I manage my diabetes by following my meal plan without the use of diabetes meds. I have maintained my BG readings in the range of 80 to 130 mg/dl (4 to 7 mmol/l) and achieved an a1c of 5.5% for a while. I offer my meal plan free to anyone who requests it.

I pray this has helped you

BeckieJ 2014-12-26 13:24:52 -0600 Report

Hi James I am new to this site and when I read your response to Karen I felt encouraged for the first time in months. I have Type II Diabetes and ADD I come from a family of 8 children all of who have Type II Diabetes. I am not the youngest of my siblings but I was the last to be diagnosed. I am want to prove my Diabetes can be managed through diet and exercise but haven't done a great job of it. I have honestly done a lousy job lately with both my diet and exercise. I am sitting waiting to see my doctor as I type this message because my last A1C showed 9.5. I was to say the least mortified. I would really appreciate it if you wouldn't mind sharing your diet plan with me.
Thanks for being the bright light in my day.

karen7t2 2014-12-19 11:34:13 -0600 Report

Thank you James for your reply. It is good to hear from someone who understands why I am so slack even though I struggle to get things done and be healthy. I would most definitely love to have your meal plan. I am obviously all over the place without one. I will check out the sit for ADD too. Being Diabetic and having ADD symptoms is a bad combination and I am most comforted by your sharing similarities.
God Bless you for your kindness.

karen7t2 2014-12-19 11:36:22 -0600 Report

Oh, James, I am having the same problem reading the BG readings from the United States, so I will check out the converter.
—another thanks

GabbyPA 2014-12-19 08:30:35 -0600 Report

Actually a loss of memory and thought function can be linked to higher numbers. I know when my numbers are high, my typing gets very dyslexic and it stares at me, even without testing I know. So some may be connected to that.

I also know the "put off the results" game that I play. Sometimes if I know I am going to have poor A1c I want to avoid finding out. However, that doesn't help me in the long run. It's going to tell me what I already know....so I need to get on top of it for my own sake.

You are recognizing the problems, so that is half the battle. Sometimes we just have to suck it up, do what we don't want to do, take our lumps and move on. In the end, it will be worth it.

karen7t2 2014-12-19 11:46:55 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby.
I didn't realize high numbers would cause this. (memory problems)
I really can't figure myself out with the put off the results game because I am usually anxious to know. I've always had trouble making appointments , opening mail, planning ahead for anything.etc. If I could just walk into the hospital anytime to get my BG done and just drop into the Dr's when convenient, I would be ok. I know that the world doesn't revolve around me though and I fear I am getting worse to make matters worse. If I phoned my Dr right now, I wouldn't even be able to get in until after the New Year. Dr.'s are quite scarce here in Canada unfortunately.
Thanks again for your reply. I am taking any advice seriously because the BG reading this morning totally scared me.

GabbyPA 2014-12-19 14:18:48 -0600 Report

I have that problems with scheduling as well. If I miss an appointment it takes 3-4 months to get back in. Once when I went to the ER and had to do a follow up, it was a joke. Almost a month later (and that was getting me in for an emergency) I got to see him. So I feel your frustration there for sure. It does make it unappealing to deal with all that crummy stuff.

If you don't have the fear of finding out your numbers, then that is great and maybe you can arrange to have someone take you or remind you personally so that you can make those appointments.

sweetslover 2014-12-29 05:47:25 -0600 Report

My doctor has me make my next appointment before I leave his office. It is just to easy to put off calling to make an appointment.

Glucerna 2014-12-19 13:12:39 -0600 Report

James and Gabby have given you excellent suggestions Karen. If by calling your doctor right now you can't get in to see him until after the new year, at least you'll have an appointment. if you wait to call for an appointment, you're pushing everything back further. I'm a big fan of written lists to help me remember what I have to do, and often I use post-it notes to jot down a reminder before I forget about it completely. I'm glad you're reaching out to us to develop a plan to take care of yourself. ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-12-19 14:19:53 -0600 Report

I love my sticky notes and to do list that I keep in front of my keyboard at my computer. I see it every moment of the day and I love crossing off things I have done.