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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: May 30, 2009 11:07
  • My Porky Pig fingers are tired

    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.

    Porky Pig

    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. 

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Jun, 09, 2009 12:36 PM

    Posted 12:36 P.M.

    I started this reply this morning - then wireless mouse decided to go search for some cheese (aka it stopped working).  Got as cheap as possible- a mouse with a USB connection along with wire connection. I'm back in the drivers seat again and able to reply.  I've got to learn how to use the keyboard when/if this happens again - I was cut off from the world - acccchhhhh!!! LOL

    Believe it or not - the person with the carb ratio of 1:5 is young - only 17 - and she does NOT have a weight problem.  I'm thinking hormones are acting up here - but hard to say. All I know - it's freaking her out.

    The other thing that can cause greater use of insulin in diabetics - is other health factors that may be occurring. 

    Interesting info about blood testing on the forearm Doris - will be blogging about it in a minute - just waiting to get out of hypo mode here - due to OVERDOSING of insulin based and my IDIOT BRAIN - not doing things right after reading your bit about the difference between the two readings of my finger tips and forearm.  Duhhhh!!!!!

    By: dorisjdickson: Jun, 08, 2009 17:22 PM

    Hi Anna,

    Please just remember that using any place other than your fingers is less than accurate due to proximity to the heart.  Actually, I think you can use your ear lobes - they taught us that at the Joslin.  It doesn't hurt and you can reuse the hole.  It's just a bit tough if like me you wear hoop earnings.  But it's very comfortable and you get a good size drop of blood.

    My finger tips have plenty of tough skin too.  But as I say about most things, they will do what I tell them to do!

    My ratios are still 1:15 and 1:70/75.  I don't believe the majority of people need to have ratios of 1:5.  In my experience, there is usually something else wrong if they are that insulin insensitive (at least type 1s). 

    I have found they can often be ODing on both long acting and rapid acting and never see a low.  The liver just spits out glucose in buckets.  They tend to have higher and higher blood sugar and plenty of weight gain too.  You'd be amazed what happens if they first start dropping the long-acting and then adjust the rapid acting.  Blood sugar gets a whole lot better.  It's the reverse of you what you might initially think but consider this - we know that overinsulinemia causes insulin resistance - doesn't matter where the insulin comes from.  So we can cause ourselves to be insulin resistant very easily.  Not good for the heart either.  Studies are popping up all over the place about this topic.


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