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  • 1.  Ups and downs

    Posted 16-07-2020 12:17
    Hi everyone,
    I’ve been enjoying reading all your posts without having contributed much myself. It is comforting to know that there are so many of you understand through personal experiences the challenges we all face living with type 1.
    I have also had periods of low or high Bgls that are difficult to explain. For example over 2days having eaten the same evening meal and doing similar amount of activity one day my BGL was 7.3 before bed and the next evening it was 15. This is so frustrating!
    My HbA1c’s are always in the low 7s. My specialist is happy with this. He has said that as I get older (I’m 65) it’s important to avoid hypos because of the effect they have on brain function. I have had diabetes for 38 years and have no diabetes complications as yet. My optometrist says that looking at my retina he would not pick that I had diabetes. I am not too concerned if my BGLs are not always in the normal range as long as when they are high they don’t stay there too long. Seems to be working so far.
    I still use a pen for injections but after reading previous posts on this forum have talked to my doctor about getting a CGM. I’m in the process of applying for one and am sure it will help me to keep track of my BGLs particularly when I’m at work as a relief teacher. It is difficult to do finger pricks sometimes.
    I will continue to read posts to this forum.
    All the best everyone,

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  • 2.  RE: Ups and downs

    Posted 16-07-2020 21:46
    Hi Anne-Maree
    I am a little older than you and also am focusing on avoiding hypos/lows. I find trying to be "normal" , when I am not,  is just exhausting, both physically and mentally. I think new things are worth trying and I am happy with the slight drop in my BGL average to what appears to be about mid 6s rather than just below 7 with slight changes. I don't eat a lot of carbs or use a lot of insulin so I am happy with where I am. I think this gives you a better outlook and mood and I think these have a big impact on BGLs too.
    Nice to hear from someone new.


  • 3.  RE: Ups and downs

    Posted 17-07-2020 18:14
    Hi Rochelle and Werna,
    Thankyou for your replies. 
    I guess we all constantly think of ways we can live better with diabetes. We have to be careful not to beat ourselves up to much of we don't always achieve our goals. 
    I need to aim towards a slightly lower Hba1c and to do more exercise. I probably eat too many carbs as well which leads to more insulin than what is ideal. Like you Werna I will do what I can do but make sure I live my life without letting diabetes stop me from getting on with things. Yes, I also like that people can look at me and they don't see a person who has diabetes. They just see me.
    Keep well everyone,

  • 4.  RE: Ups and downs

    Posted 17-07-2020 12:39
    Hi Anne Maree

    Nice to hear from you as a new member. Welcome.  As I see you don't have troubles with your eye's.  I don't have it either after 49 years as a  type 1 diabetic. So it is possible.  And you also have different readings 2 days, even you eat the same food. I have that many times. With using extra quick reacting insuline (humalog) it comes lower. Sometimes it is frustrating, sometimes not. 

    I try to live as good as I can.  I don't like to be constantly busy to look at things about diabetic,  then you are too concentrating on yourself too much. I'm trying to live as normal as I can.
    People can't see if I'm a diabetic,  I like that. Maybe you are a bit the same, I don't know.
    Good luck and take care.