Ups And Downs, Fighting To Get Control

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2017-01-04 16:13:35 -0600
Started 2017-01-03 18:31:55 -0600

There are days when I get really good readings. I'm very careful with my diet. Yet, my numbers will either shoot up scary high or drop down to a surprising low. And lately my husband has been very, very nasty to me by repeatedly telling me: "you're going to end up in a coma." And he's also diabetic! I'll be seeing my specialist soon. I'm debating whether or not to mention this. I've reached the point where I'm now afraid to go to sleep at night and as careful as i am with my diet, I'm afraid to eat much of anything at all.

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Anonymous 2017-01-04 16:08:58 -0600 Report

I have been keeping a log which i fax to my specialist & also our family dr. My log has date tested (daily), Units of insulin taken, readings before each meal, carbs of each meal & readings before bedtime. I have days/times when my tests are really good & then go up or go way down. My husband has even made notes on the back of my log sheet, but we still can't figure out what's going on. I'm wondering if maybe I need a stronger mealtime insulin. Even a plain green salad with oil & vinegar has sent my numbers shooting way up. . I appreciate everyone's input.

GabbyPA 2017-01-04 12:06:48 -0600 Report

Kind of like quick sand, the harder you struggle, the worse the mess. Maybe take a step back and evaluate and I agree with onafixedincome, logging your meals, emotions, sleep, meds and exercise can really help see what might be slipping through the cracks. I was talking to my doctor the other day about keeping a log and I expressed that I feel I should be "grown up" enough to stop, but when I don't log, I get very messy with everything. He said he and his wife still log do it if it works.

Fear is coming from uncertainty, and if you can find a pattern in your logs, then you may find solutions for your lows at night or highs in the day. It takes a lot of work for some of us, others just seem to make it look so easy. You can do it.

onafixedincome 2017-01-04 10:44:27 -0600 Report

First, hubby is probably worried, so give him a little slack. Ok, slack used, tell him to stuff a sock in it and either be constructive or quiet. :)

As for the issues…log, log, log! Time, glucose, food eaten, glucose 2 hours later. You cannot record too much information in your search for a solution! If you need to use something other than the standard log that came with your meter, do it. Record your exercise, and test an hour later, two hours later, just to see what your sugar does.

Call that specialist and see if you can push up that appointment. You need some help, and that's what they're there for. If you can't get that, hit them up for a recommendation to a diabetes education program you can start immediately.

Steve (haoleboy) says 'eat like your life depends on it', and he's right—mostly. NOT eating isn't helping unless it's on purpose to control glucose and break down fat, soo…eat just enough before bed to bump your sugar just a little, enough to get through the night, then eat after you test in the morning.

You know the routine, I'm sure…go back to basics and let hubby know that if he's not going to help, you won't allow him to hurt. :) This is up to YOU, and his help can be valuable, but it's not something you should be dependent on with that attitude unless he's actually really worried and not just being nasty. COMMUNICATE. Makes a difference.

Best of luck and keep us posted!

Type1Lou 2017-01-04 07:54:26 -0600 Report

Stress will cause your BG's to increase and it sounds to me like your home situation is stressful, for both of you. I began using an insulin pump in 2011 because I had been experiencing increasingly more frequent low BG episodes. My non-diabetic husband was always anxious and watchful to be certain he didn't need to administer glucagon. After a 2010 episode admitted me to a hospital while on vacation, I changed doctors and ultimately agreed to use an insulin pump (2011) after years of MDI. Since beginning to use a pump, I have not had any really serious hypo episodes, my control is better, with greater flexibility and less overall insulin. I'm not sure whether you are on MDI or a pump, but pumping insulin gave me and my husband peace of mind. Hoping 2017 brings a solution for you!

WASHED OUT 2017-01-04 07:34:08 -0600 Report

Not enough information included to give you a educated guess of why you are having such roller coaster numbers. We don't know your diet or your diabetes type and nothing about your medications or body weight. So many factors that have to be read into the reasons why. I just am guessing that maybe you are a type 1 or type 1.5 where your body doesn't make body insulin, and that should be balanced with injectable insulin in order to use the glucose you body makes at meals. You may be taking to much during high activity days causing your lows and not enough on days that it goes high. Your diet may not be regulated. Just not enough information included in your statement. Sorry you are having such trouble, I wish I knew how to answer better.

Anonymous 2017-01-04 16:13:35 -0600 Report

I'm Type 1. I stay away from sugar and monitor my carbs carefully. When I was first diagnosed 2 years ago, I lost 74 lbs. and am pleased to say that I'm maintaining my weight & both doctors are pleased with that.