I am a do it yourself kind of person. I am probably a doctors worse nightmare. I like to try new things and I want things to be explained to me so that I know how to do it myself if needed. I often believe I know more than my doctors and sometimes I do. Do I really need a doctor to tell me what my pump was doing the last 3 months? Don't I have that software at home? Can't you tell me how to read it and adjust it?
The Internet is an amazing place. How do I determine my basal rate? Ask Google. How do I change my sensitivity settings? Ask Google. Part of this compulsive need to it myself is necessity. A doctor really can't do it for you. He is looking at things from behind. Every 3 months I go to the doctor and we have a conversation, "Why do you think your numbers are so high?" I answer, “Oh because that week I was at camp and we ate camp food all week, and that week I was Aunt Jean’s and she makes Christmas cookies, but now, I am back home and things are good. Oh, But next week I a start training for a marathon." Unless the Doctor wants to see me at the start of every week I don't find them very helpful so I try and be my own best doctor.
I Googled my way to China to work, a got a husband from EHarmony, a masters degree from Phoenix online and teach in an online school. So I figure I should be able handle my diabetes online as well.
One thing that complicates my diabetes is that I am very active. I find the doctor in my very small town does not have the expertise to handle this. He has a lot of non-compliant diabetics. I am non-compliant in a different way. I am currently running 30 miles week training for a half marathon. I go to a Crossfit gym every day. My doctor told me to stop. Running was not good for my feet all that pounding. Crossfit was not good all that lifting. I smiled and went home and asked Google.
I am finding it a little difficult to find good information on how to adjust for exercise. I would really like to find a good source for diabetes and exercise. More than just check before and check after. I am doing that and it is not working as well as I would like. Some times I can run with my pump on and feel good the whole time. The next day I drop low. Next day I suspend my pump. Same route I drop low. Three days three different results.
I am especially confused by these really high blood sugars one hour to 2 hrs after Cossfit. I have read about the liver dumping glucose but is there a way to plan for that?
I love reading these athletes stories and they are very inspiring. But I want to ask but what are your pump settings? What are you eating?
For me living with diabetes is always a game of learning what to do in new situations. My life is not static so my learning and pump can’t be.