Thursday, August 6, 2009

Summer Vacay

I’m not officially taking a summer vacation; I usually don’t. Perhaps that’s why I’ve somehow, without my approval, decided to take a break in other areas of my life.

I’ve been good about keeping up with my exercise, the laundry, my Tivo, returning the library books. What I haven’t been good about is keeping up with my diabetes. I just realized when I finished my last test strip in the bottle yesterday that it had been a very long time since I’d opened that bottle.

I should be testing six or seven times a day, but I think I’m somewhere around two or three. I usually test first thing in the morning; it’s become as routine to me as hitting the bathroom right after rolling out of bed. This morning, I let the dogs out, fed them, did my weight-lifting exercises, turned on my computer, got everything out of the fridge to make breakfast and lunch and realized I hadn’t yet tested.

I’ve also been bad about the insulin. There’s been times in the last couple of weeks where I’ve finished my meal and realized I never shot myself. I try to do the after thing, but it doesn’t work as well. And there have been times where I just didn’t shoot at all. Then I didn’t test, so I don’t know what the numbers even were.

I’m not purposely doing it, at least not consciously. The whole diabetes things just sort of slips my mind. I know it can be a pain, but I’m only in my sixth year and I have a lot of years ahead of me of doing the testing and shooting routine. I’m hoping this is just a temporary break, and that I can get back on the bandwagon. I’d hate to have to plan a real vacation just to put myself back on track. Wouldn’t I?

As always, more to come…


CALpumper said...

Ahhh. You're human.

It happens. It is possible your insulin went kaput -- saw your tweet.

I forget too. Or just don't want to. You are doing the best you can and that is all any of us can do.

Jonah said...

So what does that do to your numbers? If I forgot the insulin for a meal (and it's happened only once that I've forgotten but a half dozen times that I accidentally gave an air shot or had a bad site) then I go up in to the 400-600 range and feel pretty sick.
If you don't go high without insulin, then you're not going to be as motivated- and if you do, then remind yourself: insulin will make me feel better.
Since you only just recently started on Novolog, I assume that you only need Novolog to a much lesser extent, and as you need it more and more, it will be easier to remember. But building good habits now won't hurt.

P.S. If your numbers are sucky, try and find a time to test when your numbers will be nicer as well as the times when they're bad, as a sort of motivational tool and to put things in perspective- that you can get better numbers sometimes, or that they aren't all bad, or whatever.