Hi. At 56, I’ve been T2 for almost exactly 9 years - was a decently-controlled pre-diabetic that accidentally/mistakenly had steroids included with my chemo infusions for a week or so. Almost overnight, my BG went from 125 to 396. Unlike with prednisone, when I got off the steroid, my BG never came back down to a pre-diabetic level. I’ve been insulin-dependent ever since. Because I have an ileostomy due to the cancer, I’m unable to tolerate high fiber foods, making it more difficult to eat the way the CDEs & RDs would prefer (and I’ve tried several dietitians/nutritionists who said they understood the juxtaposition, but usually just told me to count carbs & calories, without suggestions for what to replace them with).
Sometimes I’ve been a “good” diabetic and gotten my A1C down in the mid 6s (usually with an Atkins-like diet) and other times, I’ve been frustrated, said screw it and let it get in the 12s. I could blame it on hating fingerpricks or a bad memory, but really I just preferred to enjoy food because life’s too short already.
I started using the 10-day Freestyle Libre almost a year ago and find it a godsend and, particularly, after the change to 14-day with a 1-hour startup. I’m starting with Omnipod soon, so I’m thinking of moving to the Dexcom 6 just for better interoperability with my iPhone and Apple Watch. Though I have to say that some of the stories here about frequent failures concerns me.
As we used to say in my cancer support group, glad to be part of a group that I wish I didn’t have to belong to.