Share your numbers with us daily. #6

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2012-10-20 09:25:37 -0500
Started 2010-03-11 19:10:25 -0600

# 5 was getting long so here's # 6

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Set apart
Set apart 2012-02-13 13:57:35 -0600 Report

James my fasting this morning was 74 at 4:30 am, then 5:50 am after just 15 grams of carbs up to 138, I easily spike these days really have to watch what I eat!!! Boy do I know about stupidity, yesterday Sunday morning I woke up at 245, the night before had some white flour with some specialty Chili rellenos, only had 2, not sure what happened, 245 fasting hasn't happened to me since initial diagnosis. Louise

jayabee52 2012-02-13 14:20:51 -0600 Report

Wow Louise, 245! I usually don't get a number like that unless I have something sweet on my finger and I test. If I get something that high, I go wash my finger and try again, and it usually goes down especially if I know that I haven't eaten anything with flour recently.

Good work in heading off that impending low! I don't consider 74 low, but you were heading there it seems. Were you having symptoms of a low which woke you?

Set apart
Set apart 2012-02-13 14:27:28 -0600 Report

James, I think I was - I have to remember that those nighttime headaches I get that just seem to linger are a warning telling me that I'm headed towards a low. It takes a while for me be conscious and to actually talk to myself subconsciously that I need to wake up cuz something's not right. That 245 don't know where it came from… I will try your trick though, cus I usually use just a alcohol wipe to clean my fingers. Louise

annesmith 2012-10-20 01:25:24 -0500 Report

If I eat white flour at night, I spike up extremely fast—it'll send me from say 160 straight up to the 300s, then my fasting will be in the 300s, but, I do not take insulin every day. In general though, any white flour, any chili anything, will send me way up. I have eaten Mexican food before and shot straight up to 500, 600. The low you had is pretty low in my opinion—a 74 for me is way way too low—I'm working on evening out my extreme highs and lows—-but, for me, anything below 150 right now is too low—below 150 and I do not feel right. Of course, my goal is to get that so my body will get used to consistently being 100——ANNE

jayabee52 2012-02-13 14:37:53 -0600 Report

Alcohol wipes dry out the skin on your fingertips and are no longer recommended for use.

I just wash with warm water and dry thoroughly with a towel and I am ready to poke my tips. Make sure you dry thoroughly, though since moisture can affect the reading also. Too often I just poke without washing and get a higher than expected reading since I know what I ate. That means I wasted a good strip and I have to retest. So I find in those situations that my feeling that the reading was too high is usually correct.

DeanaG 2012-03-08 14:23:55 -0600 Report

In my Diabetes Education class they told us to wash with soap and water before testing.
We were told the alcohol can affect your results and increase the sting when you poke, besides drying out your finger tips.

Young1s 2012-02-13 15:36:57 -0600 Report

I use alcohol wipes and they do dry out my tips but I had no idea about them no longer being recommended. Is it because of the drying or is it something else?

Jan8 2012-10-20 09:25:37 -0500 Report

It isnt necessary to use an alcohol wipe. They only do that in the hospital for precautionary measures. Soap and H2O are great before testing.

jayabee52 2012-02-13 19:18:56 -0600 Report

it is mainly because of the drying and then it was also found that plain ole soap (not the antibacterial kind) and water does just as well as alcohol. I went through a lot of alcohol wipes before I found that out.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-02-13 14:51:36 -0600 Report

Thanks again, James, I have learned so much from you. It's amazing because when I was initially diagnosed they pretty much said go buy enough alcohol wipes and I did. Will try your trick. One more question when I am on the road I will use antibacterial handcleaner, what will this do?

jayabee52 2012-02-13 15:00:24 -0600 Report

If it is alcohol based (most are) it is not a good idea. I have just kept a couple of washcloths in separate ziplock baggies and brought along a towel. That will do as well as the antibacterial hand cleaner.

In fact because of the development of antibiotic resistant germs due to over use of antibiotics I avoid antibacterials if I at all can.

DeanaG 2012-02-13 11:59:24 -0600 Report

This mornings fasting was 110. My endo wants my fasting at 90 and I just can't seem to get it down there. Just got to keep trying.

annesmith 2012-10-20 01:29:16 -0500 Report

There's a reason I never became a doctor or nurse, ha,ha. My strong opinion is that a fasting of 110 is very excellent—-heck, it's not even 126, which is the cutoff for diabetic numbers. 90 to me is asking too much, but, the doctor must have a good reason for telling you to shoot for 90. ANNE

Young1s 2012-02-13 11:15:30 -0600 Report

My fasting was 146. Still feeling the effects of Saturday nights stupidity. :(

Set apart
Set apart 2012-02-13 22:49:59 -0600 Report

We are only human I used to eat a chocolate linchpin once every 3 months or so I have been wanting one or at least a bite. I may have to just try meringues with sugar free gelatin. Louise

jayabee52 2012-02-13 11:24:14 -0600 Report

Thanks Patricia! What sat nite stupidity? All the way to Monday AM? I manage my BGs without diabetes meds by my meal planning. I usually run a bit high when I overindulge for about a half a day to one day. Never a day and a half or 2 days.

Young1s 2012-02-13 11:33:59 -0600 Report

Well James, in celebration of my husband having his misplaced wallet returned, we decided to treat the family to some take-out. I temporarily lost my mind and ate, wait for it…half of a large steak & cheese sub, 4 fried wing dings and a slice of extra cheese pepperoni pizza. My fasting was 222 yesterday morning and try as I might, I only managed to get it down as low as 170 by bedtime. Celebration or not, it so wasn't worth it.

jayabee52 2012-02-13 11:51:00 -0600 Report

I have done some things like that myself.

I celebrated my birthday last week with a night out to a Las Vegas Buffet, and as my control was pretty good, and since
I don't live for 6 decades just every day, I decided to throw all caution to the wind and thourougly enjoy the buffet without diabetes or my kidney problems getting in the way. Now I am having trouble getting back on the wagon.

chayogarza 2012-02-13 09:03:05 -0600 Report

my fasting am was 115

jayabee52 2012-02-13 09:10:44 -0600 Report

Howdy Rosario!
That is a wonderful fasting reading!

To answer your question posted on your wall this AM, generally "normal" fasting readings should be 80 to 120 for Persons with diabetes. "Normal" people (define normal?) usually have BGs around 80 to 100.

chayogarza 2012-02-13 09:24:10 -0600 Report

thanks for your help this site has helped me understand my diaabetes.i look forward daily to read.i am also trying to keep my carbs very low but at times i just cant fight the feeling of just wanting a sandwich like yesterday for dinner.but i try to limit my carbs. in the morning i have whole wheat toast with p-nutbutter and sugar free jelly.during the day alot of fresh veggies. also trying to loose some numbers have dropped alot my am readings were always in the 300's or hi 200's .now im gonna try some walking in the evening.

granniesophie 2011-07-09 13:08:35 -0500 Report

I wish I could play along, but bedtime for me is usually about 1 hour after dinner, so I normally don't check my BS. It's usually between 97 and 129 in the morning, tho-morning being between 3:30and 4AM!

BrownCigar65 2011-07-09 11:13:41 -0500 Report

Black Coffee! I drink way too much a day…ha My wife puts a little coffee in her creamers. I just like my coffee strong…

jayabee52 2011-07-09 23:01:23 -0500 Report

so are you one of those folks who coffee messes with their BG numbers? or are you one of those fortunate ones who caffein doesn't bother the BG?

the diabetic camper
the diabetic camper 2011-07-06 17:07:36 -0500 Report

Is the answer Jesus? Oh I mean my favorite number is eleventeen.

Gimpalong 2011-07-06 09:46:24 -0500 Report

I've been trying various times to take my Metformin to see if there is a difference in my readings. This morning it was down to 138. My morning bg's are usually higher. I've been able to keep the dailys down below 140 and that is what the doctor was shooting for a consistent 140 or below. Finally the shingles are on the way out, so I expect my bg's to improve immensely. Nancy

Kinn D.
Kinn D. 2011-07-06 09:30:56 -0500 Report

Well after a rough day yesterday with only half my dose of Lantis( bg ranging from 236 in the am to 450 in the pm.Yeah my stupid pharmacy wont let me fill my insulin untill I have only a few units in the bottle. They told me dont worry, we will have it filled by the end of today…we had to rush to my physician, get an Emergency prescription, and go to Walmart.)

my blood sugar this morning was 136.

edvel54 2011-07-06 12:36:21 -0500 Report

I went into my pharmacy to fill my insulin one day and they told me I couldn't get it for another week, I had to go to my doctor and the only insulin he happen to have a pen which hr gave me with a few needles. I use the vial and syringes usually

GabbyPA 2011-07-06 11:17:13 -0500 Report

I hope you went to your pharmacist and told them what you had to do. That is negligent on their part to make you get that low.

Kysiall 2011-07-06 00:15:29 -0500 Report

How do you people get your #'s so low? I've been fighting this b/s for 5 yrs and can't crack 100. Today fasting 167, before dinner 365 ! I run between 150-300+.
I'm type 2, taking 120 units Lantus a day, 4mg of glimepiride in the am and 205mg of glipizide XL before dinner. I've taken Metforman,Actos, and several other drugs with no effect. I'm lost as what to do, How can
i get these numbers down?

fraejo 2011-07-06 07:48:17 -0500 Report

Hi Kysiall,
I feel your pain. My numbers started creeping up and running like yours a year ago. My doctor took a wait and see attitude (partly because my insurance company was changing and we didn't know what meds would be approved and partly because my A1C levels were ok). I was taking the max doses of Januvia and Metformin at the time. Long story short, I got switched to Levemir a week ago. My numbers were running between 190 - 300+ until this morning: BG was 115. I'm pretty good about watching my carbs. My only real vice is 2 to 3 cups of coffee in the morning with nutisweet and halfnhalf (it always makes my BG go up, but I do so love coffee). Maybe you should talk with your doctor about your meds. If you're sticking pretty close to your diet then it seems the meds you are on are not working.

camerashy 2011-07-06 21:05:05 -0500 Report

It's not the coffee - it's the half'n half, but nothing is better, so what-the-hey?

fraejo 2011-07-09 11:11:47 -0500 Report

Yeah. I use to use the flavored coffee creamers BD (before diabetes). I really loved the Irish creme flavor, but they had too many carbs. I thought switching to half-n-half was a smart move - only one gram of sugar for every 2tbs plus I was getting calcium. I guess I look for a lite creamer. I can't drink my coffee black though. This is going to be a challenge.

jayabee52 2011-07-06 00:32:21 -0500 Report

I eat figured out that I could control my BGs without meds. I eat extremely low carb. and high in proteins and low glycemic veggies. I avoid all sweeteners, of any kind and drink water or almond milk only. I have my moments of weakness and my BG numbers reflect that in the next reading. (chili cheese fries anyone? = 214, yikes!) But i usually do quite well, and have lost 52 lbs since January.

It may not work for you, but it certainly has for me.

camerashy 2011-07-06 21:07:24 -0500 Report

It really doesn't matter what I put in my mouth, as long as it isn't broccoli (I love it) my readings skyrocket. But why are my clothes fitting the same if I'm getting lighter?

AuntieM234 2011-07-06 15:03:35 -0500 Report

Hey James! You rock! I'm proud of you that you've been able to accomplish so much. Great self-discipline! Rock on, Friend James! ;-) Mara

Gimpalong 2011-07-06 09:50:54 -0500 Report

Great job on the weight! Keep up the great work, both with weight-loss and with diet! Have a great week. Take care of you.

MewElla 2011-07-06 07:46:12 -0500 Report

Congratulations for the super weight loss. Lots of hard work, I know…proud of you my friend..

Hinboyz3 2011-06-04 06:54:19 -0500 Report

Good morning everyone my morning number was 119 before breakfast, everyone enjoy your wonderful day!!

nzingha 2011-06-03 07:32:38 -0500 Report

this morning 89! happy! but will be even more so when not taking any insulin..but i'm patient…

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