Testing ---- What keeps you testing and not just giving up??

By willow55 Latest Reply 2015-02-22 17:36:46 -0600
Started 2011-02-09 20:58:29 -0600

I have trouble staying on track with testing. I know it's important but I just can't seem to keep up with it. I think I would do better with a coach but I have no one close that is willing to do that for me. Does anyone have any suggestions or tips on what I can do to make sure that I am testing like I should be?

11 replies

WendyFR 2011-02-17 20:54:11 -0600 Report

I test before I eat and two hours after I eat, I also test when I feel sick, stressed or when I'm in pain. I keep a meter at home and one at work where I can see it (because if I put it away I'll forget or don't think about testing) I also keep one with me.

willow55 2011-02-12 18:42:02 -0600 Report

Thank you everyone - I have received all very good tips and suggestions. I am going to try them all and will keep you updated as to how I am doing. Thank you again!!!! :) gotta go test

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-02-11 22:21:40 -0600 Report

My motvation to test is because Diabetes is sneaky. It can have my BG high or low and I can be clueless. After being caught unawares a few too many times. I try to keep my meter close at hand. Also, like Vicki, notes work wonders. I write down the time I ate and the time I should test and stick it somewhere that I can not miss seeing it.

MewElla 2011-02-11 12:31:01 -0600 Report

Testing is very important and was stressed by my dr after he gave me the diagnosis. Guess I was so scared when he told me this, I set all my supplies in the bathroom where I saw them first thing in the morning, so I never had the chance to forget to test. Now one year later, it is a habit, one that I always do. Good Luck to you..

vgarrison 2011-02-11 10:44:43 -0600 Report

When I first was diagnosed I was obessed!! After the "newness" wore off then I too found myself forgetting to test. What worked the best for me was a couple of things…1st thing was I set alarms on my meter to go off at meal times…I also bought out the store of sticky notes. I had them everywhere…on the fridge, microwave and the cupboard door over my microwave. I also had them on my bedroom lamp, bathroom mirror, and the best one was on my front door so I had to see it every time I left.

They say it takes doing something for 21 days in a row to form a habit in your mind…try the notes…after a month you will see that you don't really need them anymore… GOOD LUCK!!!

Blessed Be

roshy 2011-02-10 19:17:06 -0600 Report

try setting an alarm to go off on your phone for the time you need to test!! works a gem!

realsis77 2011-02-10 10:53:16 -0600 Report

Hi. What helps me is leaving my testing kit out and opened in the living room where I spend a lot of time. Also know when you eat to test after about an hour after. Testing is a very important part of managing our disease! I always have my meter where I can see it that helps a lot! I know its no fun but think of the alternative? Loss of limbs, loss of vision ect. I think that's what keeps me testing! Also I'm on insulin so testing is extra important. Remember you want to stay healthy and the only way to do that is to test :)

122charlie 2011-02-09 23:30:35 -0600 Report

I test two or three times a day. It keeps me in control of my life, rather than the illness controling it. It also tells me what foods or drinks affect me negatively, and what ones don't. It takes time to figure it all out, and after 10 years, it's still a battle to keep everything going in the right direction. My current A1C is 6.2, and has been around this level now for about 2 years. Let's face it, this life is not easy, but the alternatives of this disease are alot worse. When I was first diagnosed, I was a police officer. Trying to test at set times was pretty tuff, but you can do it, No you have to do it for you and your loved ones. Remember, it's not just about us, it affects our whole family, pets included. Good luck, and be healthy. 122 charlie

willow55 2011-02-09 22:35:32 -0600 Report

Thanks Harlen - I guess I need to develope a habit of testing - this is harder than when I quit smoking. I'm the one rushing out the door @ 3am to go to work then it's rushing home at 2pm to make the other half his lunch then there is the household chores to do and then supper and off to bed. I have got to find a way to make myself do this thing. Thanks again. Take care.

Harlen 2011-02-09 21:22:30 -0600 Report

I can tell you why I test
I drive= what if I pass out ???? low or high
what if I have a stroke ????
People depenned on me I ned to be there for them Its my job
I even test just before I drive
My eyes are still good I wish to keep them that way all my other organs work I would realy like to keep it that way.
I guss doing the same thing every day helps too
Get uo sit in bathroom and test set up brakfest cover for the carbs then eat .
get kid off to school set up for wife to come home from work it has ben two hr I test again and ajust insulin as needed.feed wife get ready to run any trips I need to take get in car wip out meter test ajust as needed get ready for lunch set it up, know what carbs I am taking in, cover for them ,eat
get ready to get the little one get in car test ajust as needed.
and so on and so forth
God I am so borring lol
Best wishes

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