Well, I have finally had to start using my forearms full time for testing my BG's this week. I find now since I've started taking my diabetes abit more seriously after having it for so long - that I've become slightly addictive to blood testing. Okay, not to the point like one of my fellow bloggers here does (Doris Dickson) - but let's just say a wee bit more then I used to do when I was multiple injecting.
I average about 8 times a day for testing - and lately have been finding that my sausage fingers (aka Porky Pig fingers) - are getting abit thick skinned. I actually had to adjust my vampire blood letting contraption to a deeper depth. Sometimes that didn't get enough blood out of my finger tip for my blood meter that uses the teeniest tiniest droplet of blood. I think pricking my finger is worse then needles - as I'm sure some of you can vouch for!
A few nights ago I was up every hour - testing my basal settings on my pump as I was experiencing unusual high BG's when I woke up (15 mmol/l - 270 mg/dl). Anyway, discovered where the adjusting of my basal settings needed to be changed on my pump - and so far - I'm back to having BG's in the morning that allow me to at least have a breakfast. I tend to not eat when my BG's are high in the morning as I don't usually feel like eating when I'm that high. To have to bolus/inject with not just insulin to cover my elevated BG but also my meal I'm consuming freaks me out - as I average about 2-3 units per meal when my BG's are normal (4.5 mmol/l - 81 mg/dl). To bolus/inject anymore freaks me out when I'm high. To think that much insulin is pooling up under my skin - shudder. So far, I'm very lucky that my carb ratio to insulin is still relatively good (I average 1 unit of insulin to 13 grams of carb) - but have friends that that are 1:5. Ouch, I can't imagine the amount of insulin that I'd be taking to cover both a carb and BG correction!
I don't think it helps that I'm doing alot of gardening - and loath wearing gardening gloves. Therefore, the earth really dries out my skin on my finger tips (clay based soil where I live - mini-hand facial ). So, I'll continue testing on my forearms until my finger tips become abit more soft and pliable.