About a month ago, my logbook filled up. I have been busier than normal so I have not yet bothered to go to Staples to seek out a new one. After a few days, I decided it could be an experiment to see how much of a difference lack of my logbook would make. Well, the answer is ...operating without a logbook is a huge NEGATIVE in my diabetes care.
Since the secret to my success has been multiple small shots in conjunction with multiple blood sugar tests and my 44 year old brain can’t remember when and how much that many times a day I knew and have confirmed that a log book is as much a part of tight control as the shots and the blood sugar tests.
It is especially important to write things down when I’m busy which I have been – death in family, wedding in family, refinishing furniture, renovations as a wedding gift, shopping for the renovations, driving all over the place, etc. have left my brain in overdrive. Sometimes I cannot remember a few minutes later whether I took one unit or two units or somewhere in between. I certainly cannot remember the exact time I took a shot (except the 3x a day Levemir) which is crucial to timing multiple shots without lows or highs.
Quantitatively my daily, per time-period, and weekly averages are not where I want them to be or normally are but I honestly did not need my meter to tell me that. Call it gut; call it experience; call it being realistic; I already knew my consistency was not what it should be. The number of times I test (according to the Ultra Smart memory) has not changed; however, it is obvious the effectiveness with which I deal with the data has faltered.
The end result of my test - it was a success. Well, the test was not a success for the last 30 days for my body. However, the test was successful in proving my point and in verifying the keys to my blood sugar control.
1) Laziness (which I feel my not bothering to go to Staples was) is not good for tight control
2) Memories of prior actions are shaky at best, do not lead to repeatable actions and thus, do lead to straying blood sugar.
3) There is a quantitative blood sugar measure that should be sufficient to convince quantitatively motivated diabetics that a notebook works and is good for tight blood sugar control.
As for me, the log less vacation is over. I will be stopping at Staples today to pick up another colorful notebook to hold the approximately next 90 days of my life. Let’s not forget. I keep other important notes in my logbook since it is attached to my hip and a handy reference for all sorts of things I do not want to forget. With my logbook in tow, I am not likely to be rifling through my pocketbook for small pieces of paper I am only going to lose anyway!