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Shots and Fingersticks

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Today I'm feeling like a human pin cushion. As a type 2 diabetic to keep my sugar in check, I check my sugar before each meal so I know how much insulin to take. That's 3 shots, 3 fingers sticks. Add to that if I have to check my sugar for feeling high or low and in trying to adjust my medicine. I need to test in pairs, meaning before I eat and two hours after. If it sounds like I'm whining I know that I am. In the big picture I'm glad that I at least have options. There are just times when I feel like all I do is take shots. There at times that I think I'm going to spurt water out all of the needle pricks in my body. What happens I get so tired of my shots, that I don't take them and think okay I can do this just through diet and exercise. I know some people can do that, but I'm not there yet. I'm hoping that once I drop enough weight maybe I will be able to come off my meds. I've read so many stories where people have.

For those of you out there that have to managed this careful dance how do you do it. I swear that all the insulin I'm taking is making me gain weight.
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    How long have you been working @ this? Initially I started out with blood sugars in the 300's . . . A1C of 12. HORRIBLE! My Dr. was going to put me on insulin in addition to an oral med and I said just give me a month and see what happens with modifying nutrition and hiking up exercise (who am I kidding . . . getting ANY exercise consistently!)

    I did. And my A1C dropped dramatically on month #2 check up, as did my A1C.

    It IS within the realm of possibility to get things going with nutrition and exercise to at least only require oral meds, I would hope. So, don't give up! DEFINITELY keep testing.

    Have you had diabetic counseling with an educator? If not, give it a whirl. Helps a lot.

    Insulin CAN cause weight gain, although I am not exactly sure of the mechanism. Just hang in there!
    3229 days ago
    Great job at keeping your blood sugars in balance! That can be VERY DIFFICULT. Although I don't think the insulin is making you gain weight, it is within the realm of possibility. The damage you are saving yourself with close maintenance of your glucose is undeniable. Even those with moderately high blood sugars, harm so many organ systems in their bodies. It's not limited to those that are totally non-compliant.

    So -- congratulate yourself for a job well done. The future you will appreciate having functional kidneys, good circulation, eyesight, etc.
    3229 days ago
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