Testing, 1, 2, 3 (Fandango’s Rriday Flashback)

Fandango posted about how he is getting ready to move house, so his WordPress activity will be hit and miss for the next few months. But he made it today and has posted his Friday Flashback.

I have always liked the idea of his Friday Flashback, so shall also post my own. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining too. Whether he gets to post or not, I’ll continue to post under the Fandango’s Friday Flashback tag, just to stay consistent with my previous posts on the theme.

I guess when I started the blog, I had a mission just to describe my life, and my Flashback post today talks about my regime toward testing my diabetes. It’s interesting to read the post, because my regime has now changed quite dramatically.

As I mentioned in the post, a few times I have measured my sugar frequently, over a 24h period, just to build up a picture of how it varies during the day, and I knew from these plots that my sugar followed a curve. It tends to be at its lowest when I wake, and its highest around suppertime.

I also noticed that a few times, I happened to measure my sugar levels at suppertime, and they were uncomfortably high. Despite the readings in the morning being good.

So, I decided that I had to start testing myself not just in the morning, but in the evening too. This also allows me to directly regulate each dose of insulin.

Of course, just testing myself more often didn’t change the numbers any. But it means I am now double-careful about what (in particular, how much) I eat for lunch. On days when I don’t have to go out, I’ve also found that splitting my morning insulin ito two has helped – just taking ½ of the dose with my breakfast, and the other ½ with my lunch. No more insulin than before, just more spread out.

Anyway, safe in the knowledge that everything has now changed, I hope you enjoy my flashback!

Mister Bump

I follow a couple of diabetes-related groups on the internet, and if you’re so minded, it’s possible to have heated debates with people on the subject of how often you should test yourself. I mean, test yourself as often as you want, but bear in mind that for each test, you have to prick your finger, so you really have to ask yourself whether pricking yourself too frequently does it any harm. For example people who have pricked their fingers for many years often complain of poor circulation in their fingers and toes, but the Catch 22 is that diabetes itself causes poor circulation!

Anyway, I thought I’d describe my routine. Bear in mind that as I’ve blogged many times, I take insulin. Twice a day.

My daily testing regime, on top of that, is just to satisfy myself that I’m taking the right amount of insulin. To achieve this…

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  1. i am type 2, not at the insulin level yet..it will be here eventually I am sure. Seems to me, you are doing a terrific job of monitoring yourself. keep up the good work!

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    • If I learned anything over the years, it’s that I had to become an expert in my own health. I mean, you have doctors and nurses who will give advice (of variable quality!) but ultimately they will shrug their shoulders – we’ve got to look after ourselves.


    • I moved house and joined a new surgery. They did an introductory test. But other than watching it progress, and taking whatever meds were prescribed for me, I never used to be massively hands-on. It was only really after I had the stroke that I realised that I basically had to get on top of things myself because I couldn’t rely on my GP.

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