I’m a type 1 diabetic, 23 years old, diagnosed 3 years ago. That was my first encounter with the disease and the nurses pretty much told me everything I needed to know before sending me home. Since I’ve been diagnosed I educated myself on the topic and learned a lot out of experience but during this three years I guess I have never really met, or spoken to another diabetic. Although I have regular appointments with my doctors and everything seems to be going fine (A1C 6.4), I’ve been thinking that I need a new approach.
Because I often wonder how my diabetes maintenance compares to others, I’d like to give you a idea of how I cope with my diabetes, wondering if some things appear strange or just completely wrong to other diabetics.
Up till now I’ve always maintained a pretty intensive control, meaning, although I don’t eat regular meals neither at regular times, I do check my BG up to 12 times a day ( is this a lot ?). I have done a trail with the “guardian cgms” but I rapidly turned it down (just couldn’t live with the idea of….). I’m still on shots and since I eat irregular that may go up to 8 times. I have no idea what “counting carbs” is all about but I make estimations according to the type of food and the weight, which most of the time are sufficiently accurate according to me. Hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic episodes are daily issues for me. I can easily have up to 2 lows in a day ( is that normal ? ).
Although I always accepted these lows as part of keeping a tight control, over time this has often caused a feeling of uncertainty (which might also have something to do with the fact that I don’t always feel comfortable doing my thing in public). Since I have daily duties which demand my full concentration or a confident approach, I’ve recently decided to abandon the tight 70-150 mg/dl criteria and allow myself to go up to 200 in order to feel more certain and be able to concentrate fully on something else than my BG-level (This way I often attend my exams (law student) with a 200+ BG, which has a lot of downsides as well). I guess I have to go this high because stress and physical activity can easily disturb my balance. Does quality of life come first or am I going the wrong way here ?
Yeah… !? so… ? this is what we all go trough every day, these are the choices we all have to make as a diabetic!??? Let me know, I would just like to hear it from another diabetic.