It is never enough

I have been using my CGM, testing more, remembering to bolus, and downloading to the software… But I just can’t get into the habit of writing it all down. Can’t that be enough… Geez!

Any Ideas?

Why can’t ths be enough? Does it really matter exacty what I ate… I mean, I know it does, but I have a full time job already. Really.

I ***LOATHE*** writing anything down, and only did it once, when I did it for a month. My initial reaction was "I'll just fake it..." but, when I sat down to fake it, it was easier to test and start writing? I cut the corner but working to get my carb counts pretty accurate and to use the CareLink software to keep an eye on numbers. I also am too lazy to not eat for a day to do "basal testing" so I use the before meal numbers to monitor basal and post-parandial to monitor bolus ratios and it seems to work out ok. At first, it's sort of odd but if you look at the charts and a pie chart has way more lows or highs than the other (low-carb...) pies, you can try adjusting just that number according to that plan, I don't usually adjust more than +/-10% or a couple of clicks, and see what happens. It works pretty often?

I write everything down -- what I ate, carb totals, blood sugars, exercise and insulin doses. My endo told me that he's never seen such meticulous record keeping. I also record my weight and A1Cs and upcoming appointments. It's like a complete journal for me. Without seeing those numbers in print, I lose control. I need to see the numbers to recognize patterns that I might miss otherwise.

If my insurance company would pay for you, you'd be *hired*! I sort of like to "lose control in control", overbolus and "catch up" with debauchery...

Sometimes you can make a game of it, if that helps any. For example, have your co-workers gamble on the number of carbs in your meal or what your next blood sugar reading will be. Even if they're betting nickels, it could be fun. You'll have a reference for them to rely on, sort of akin to a racing form at the racetrack :)

Another option, if you have a good memory, is do all of the writing at the end of each day. It might take 10 minutes right before bedtime.

Oh man. I've always despised writing down blood sugars. It does seem like such a simple task but for some reason it has always been annoying..

I am quite lucky in the regard, I use the accu chek combo system, my carb total, bolus and basal data, BG values are all logged automatically. Every 90 days I just download the data, look at the reports and email over to my endo.

I am just glad the technologies out there do the writing down for me..on the omnipod pump the carbs and correction bolus are logged.

I'm with AR, but loathing is a little meek. I haven't even kept a check register since 1990. I'm stingy with the carbs and rarely eat more than a bite or two of anything that might spike me. Besides having a life long aversion to detailed records, my PN and vision problems make writing in a log book torture and impossible to read. My wife did it for a while, but I keep poking the wrong buttons and turning off the date/time stamp.

I've not written anything down in years. Bounced between different technology solutions. Up to recent, I used an iPhone app called WaveSense. Right now, using an Omnipod pump and their PDM device does 99% of what I need. And it's so easy because it takes and records my BG, plus I'm required to put in the carbs I eat to bolus. So there's virtualy no additional work. Then, I upload it to an on-line program for keeping and reporting. Now, if I can just get my Doc to use that on-line database instead of me faxing these reports to him.... That ticks me off more than anything else about tracking.

Scott
did you send them the invitation thro co pilot for them to easily signup?

I haven’t used a logbook in many decades. Recently my pump died, it’s out of warranty. While waiting on my new pump I switched back to shots. So I needed to track these. I tried Glucoo; (Android) and that worked fairly well, with a built-in dose calculator. But I had to keep looking at the journal to guesstimate my insuin on board.

Then Wil Dubois (Beyond Fingersticks) mentioned RapidCalc (iPhone) and I switched to that last week. It’s not perfect, but it does a great job of presenting me with IOB information as soon as I look at it. My control is definitely better than before I started using it. So I’ll continue with it for now.