First of all, your BG (blood glucose = blood sugar - I don’t like using the initials BS, for obvious reasons! LOL) should NEVER be 450, EVER! After meals, it technically should be 140 or under. Without insulin, that isn’t always easy to achieve.Believe me, I know! Unless you eat absolutely NO carbs! It seems most docs say 180 or under after meals (though I don’t agree with that number, as at a BG of 140 is when damage begins to be done to your body).I do realize, however, that you are just beginning all this, and your BG isn’t quite normalized yet, and that it can take a couple/few weeks for your BG to become more normalized (IF on the right regime [meds, diet, exercize, etc]).
As for testing, right now, in the beginning, it is very wise to check just before your meals, and 2 hours after the first bite of your meals, so that you learn how different foods affect your BG. It is just as important to check before a meal, as you need to know where you’re starting at, to know how far you’ve gone. I also know just how expensive test strips are! I don’t have insurance, and haven’t had it for over 10 years! Since I was diagnosed in Aug 2005, I’ve paid for every bit of my meds and Diabetes supplies! It ain’t cheap, not at all!! I spend about $5000 a year on everything (including labs and doc visits)!
Example: say your BG is 200 just before you eat your meal, and then two hours later, after your meal, your BG is 230. Well, technically you’re BG is too high, was to begin with, BUT, that meal only raised your BG 30 points. That’s actually good! Now, say your BG is 100 before your meal, and 230 after. That is NOT good! That’s a 130 point rise, and a meal that you should NOT eat!! I look at it like clocking your miles from one place to another in the car. You need to know your starting mileage to know how many miles you traveled. See what I’m saying?
Did the doc talk to you about counting carbs? If not, he should have! But then, it seems most docs really haven’t a clue about Diabetes!! For a female, the average intake of carbs per meal (at 3 meals a day) is 45 grams, and 20 per snack (2 - 3 snacks a day). I would strongly suggest you start counting your carbs, it will probably help a lot! Were you told of what foods to limit? Breads (anything with flour in it), of course cookies, cakes and candies (anything with sugar in it), be watchful of fruits! Bananas, apples and oranges, (the most commonly eaten fruits) tend to raise the BG for a lot of us. Regular sodas, sweet tea (lots of sugar in those). Meats are good, they usually don’t have any carbs in them (some sausages and hot dogs do, though). Cheese, ya gotta check, some has more carbs than others. Some have none, or very little. Most veggies are alright, besides corn, potatoes, carrots, and I think some squashes are kind of higher in carbs. A place you can check for calorie and carb amountsin just about any food you can imagine (especially helpful for fresh foods!!!), as well as restaurant foods, is Calorie King. It’ll give you the serving size as well!
Once you’ve got a “handle” on your foods (what you can safely eat, with out a huge rise in your BG), then you can cut back on the testing, unless you are sick, or have eaten something new, or just aren’t feeling right.
Test as much as you feel you really need to, and once you get insurance, and if you don’t feel the doc is prescribing you enough test strips, call him and tell him you need more (as long as your insurance will pay for it! Some insurances limit the amount of test strips they’ll pay for, but sometimes, if a doc pushes the issue, the insurance company will go along with it), and tell him why! That your health is important to you, and you want to get, and keep, your Diabetes in control!!