My promised posting #6 regarding my 50-years plus with diabetes.

Johnben or JB.
By Johnben or JB. Latest Reply 2011-02-16 13:33:00 -0600
Started 2011-01-21 13:46:42 -0600

POSTING #6 and almost the last one.

Like everything else, also this has to come to an end. Rather than history telling about my diabetes in the past, I like to tell you about what I take and have to do to stay on my feet. So, this will be the almost the last one in this series, going into the 6th decade with diabetes for me.
With good control I believe that diabetes doesn't have to be a great problem or shorten your life.

It becomes a great problem when you allow diabetes to get away from you. As soon as my sugars are going overboard I step on them, I never delay. I will take intermediate shots when I see things go out of hand, sometimes ending up with as many as eight shots for the day. I know that this is a lot to take. If I could have gone on the pump this would have been easier to do, however my skin doesn't allow sticky tape and goes right away into a rash and ulcers. Also I like the single shots and get it over with when the shot is takes without something hanging on to my body all the time. Also the $8000. scares me a lot. What if it doesn't work out? Cannot return the pump for a refund.

Well, I could go on and on but I will now show you my daily line up of needle taking and taking meds and all the other necessary things. It sure keeps me busy every day of my life. Well, only nineteen more years, when the blessed 100 is reached… I should tell you about my record keeping first. I use a notebook I believe 11 by 9 in size with a spring on the and to keep it open easily. For each month I use double pages for my record keeping, open the book and start on the two pages. Lining them up in colums for the daily activities. About five of them for taking testings and four insulin shots when and were I did inject. Like on the left side today and right side tomorrow. like L and R. On the left page I keep the extra testings with the time when taken.
Also my 3 AM test which is a real must for me. Well folks I can see that my daily recordings explanation would make this way too long so I have to go to posting #7 for that.
Hoping that you will stick with me. That will be my own personal record.

Thank you all for reading. If you did I would appreciate if you just say so.


7 replies

Yasmina 2011-02-16 13:33:00 -0600 Report

Bless you JB! So many people including myself are lacking the gumption to keep good records of their diabetes. You are a testimony to the fact that good tracking means that you can follow up with good care. If there is something that doesn't quite add up, you can go back into your records and find out what was different than it should be. Good job well done!! If this isn't something to inspire…I don't know what is.

CaliKo 2011-01-24 16:04:12 -0600 Report

Hi JB, I use a small spiral notebook. I don't have the medications to record, but every day I record my weight, whatever testing I do, and the type of exercise I do that day. Thanks for sharing.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-01-23 01:06:32 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing your record keeping. I like tht you use a notebook. That is my favorite method also. It is much easier than booting up the old cumputor.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-01-22 21:06:39 -0600 Report


I really appreciate having this window into your life. You are a perfect example of an empowered patient, staying on top of your dabetes, taking care of yourself every day, taking careful records, doing everything you can to stay healthy. Very inspiring. Thanks a lot!

MewElla 2011-01-21 13:59:11 -0600 Report

I have the outlook like you, I see, of don't let diabetes to get away from you and cause complications. You and me, "we just step on it!!" Again, thoroughly enjoyed your comments…

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