Hi. This is Chadha, 22. This is my first post here. I was diagnosed in June 2000 as T1 IDDM. Had been on MDIs until November 2013. I have always been rotten kid. I smoked in my adulthood, had booze also, sometimes so much. I never cared about diab unless I used to see glucometer screening above 350 mg/dl. I quit smoking more than a year, but still my glucose control wasn't good. The average I used to be around 250, and go as high as 300-400s n few times even close 500. Hb1AC n all other things never settled down, how would they be. I didn't have diabetes education nor I ever cared about it.
Anyways, last year in May, I was hit by neuropathy, the pain and tingling was so intolerable that I wanted to cut it apart. Then once I did deducate myself about diabetes, I was able to lower my HB1AC to 6.4 in September from 9.5 I guess. After the recent transition from pump in November last year, my HB1AC climbed to 7.5 on 1St Jan. I haven't been able to see good readings. I have always been a night owl, lately my schedule was changed I started sleeping on time and waking up so, my levels seem to be settling down on their later i figured out because of the increase in activity my insulin needs started going lower. Prior to my changed schedule I was despaired to see high readings daily, every time I used to give correction bolus. I didn't have enough money to buy pump, but still my family got me one after breaking all the funds, mostly all and got myself one, nevertheless I wasn't able to get the control. I bought pump to lower down my HB1AC to 6.0 at least but rather it turned out to be counterproductive. I developed this guilt also. And started going in kinda depression, some folks told me I sounded depressed, though I have always known that the high numbers make me angry and despaired, I just don't like them high, in 200s. Before I changed my scheduled I ran a basal test and my readings were -
1:15 AM - 126
3:15 AM - 105
4:15 AM - 107 [ fell asleep here]
6:40 AM - 97 [ woke up]
7:52 AM - 89
9:10 AM - 117.
And now that my schedule is changed again, I have started going in hypos, twice at least. And the basal testing is so demanding that I burn out. It seems every time there is change in schedule, I will have to do basal testing [a challenging n very time consuming job].
I wanted to mention - I have been on the couple of forums before coming here, but the support the info available here is really very wide that it made me one of its member from just a guest. THer support here is immense and I know IMA get lots of help from wonderful folks of TUDIABETES.