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Trying to avoid eating is hard!


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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: Feb 12, 2010 10:57
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  • Trying to avoid eating is hard!

    Of all days, I am hankering to eat breakfast. I rarely eat breakfast during the work week as it's never been a big thing for me.  I'm happy with my usual Americano which gets me by until noon. C'est tout!

    Today though I woke up thinking ... it's time to do my a.m. basal test to see how my basal settings are doing on my insulin pump. I've only ever done the overnight basal test so far. My blood sugar (BG) was good, so I switched off the espresso machine that I'd had warming up for my Americano, and I went downstairs to my office to start working.

    I am now soooo hungry right now as I type away to you.  Why of all days does this happen to me ? I know I can resist the urge, I can do it.  To make myself stick to the "plan" I'm tweeting every hour my #bgnow results so I do what I set out to do in the first place.  My first test was 5.9 mmol/l (106 mg/dl) and the latest test was 7.1 mmol/l (128 mg/dl) - so it's looking like I'll be adjusting my basal settings on my pump program.

    How often do you do test out your basal setting?  Whether you use injections of Lantus/NPH/Levemir or a pump, do you ever question how your slow acting insulin is doing its' job?  Trying to replicate what a functioning pancreas does is a tricky thing, but it can be done as long as you follow the guidelines (I'm using the Pumping Insulin  book by John Walsh/Ruth Roberts to lead me thru' the steps).

    So, tap, tap, tap, it's almost 11h00, and I only have until 16h00 to do the basal test. I thought the night time was was difficult (you always have to perform the overnight one first before attempting the daytime basal tests) but this is hard.  I'm awake, my body wants food (which it usually doesn't demand ).

    The only good thing that's binging in my mind is that if my BG's keep on rising up, then I'll have to stop the test to correct with insulin.  At that point in time, test can't be continued, then I can eat.  Oh dear, is it horrible for me to be thinking this?  Okay, wiping out the pictures of a baguette smeared with butter and strawberry jam.  Back to work I go.

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Feb, 14, 2010 20:36 PM

    Hey Cherise,

    If you're BG's are doing okay - then you probably don't have to bother.  I decided to do it as I had already done an overnight basal rate (due to waking up low in the a.m. - not fun). I then noticed that my BG's were running high during the morning hours after I got up.  So, decided to give it a run, following the "bible" above (Pumping Insulin). It was tough, but like I said, between people urging me on in Twitter, with my posting my #bgnow made those 8 hours go fast (and it was fun)!  I managed to figure out where to tweak my basal rate.  I'll see how it goes this week.

    Alot of my PWD friends tho' wouldn't do what I do without their doctor supervising them.  Which is probably a good thing to do if you aren't sure of what you are doing.  Because I've been diabetic for so long and am self taught on this pump, I "sort of" know what I'm doing most of the time (close my eyes and aim for the bulls eye ).

    Sorry I couldn't join you in your adventure in the park (for those of you who don't know - I tried to invite myself along to the San Diego zoo with Cherise and her daughter on the w/e).   I'm a big kid at heart ;D


    By: Diabetic_Iz_Me: Feb, 14, 2010 20:25 PM

    Anna-

    I have to admit, I have never done a basal test.  I may try one day but I do not need to yet.  Good luck with tweeting your bg numbers every hour.  



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