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Old 08-11-2014, 17:55   #11
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I think if you have no insulin at all that you should go to doc or even emergency room before you end up in ketoacidosis!
Thank you. I was afraid of that as well. I took my Humalog every couple if hours to keep my levels down until I was able to get a Lantus refill.

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Hi Supernova, welcome to the forum. This is a good place to park it and rest a while. Lots of knowledge to be gained and lots of understanding to help cope with the stresses of life. Several here have "been there - done that" experience with many things that life throws at us and do know what you have been thru and can relate to how you feel and offer great advice to help get back on track. Just coming here and posting is a very positive first step at getting back on the wagon to good health. We know that we can live long healthy lives if we maintain control. It sounds like you have so much to look forward to, so relax, camp out with us, and again welcome.
Thank you very much!

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Things will get better for you as you start taking control of your blood sugars aggressively. This forum will help. Wish you all the best.

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Thank you for your response. I was almost afraid to log back in to see the replies here. I'm so used to judgmental attitudes about the diabetes that I expected it here too. I'm glad to see I was wrong!

My current Lantus dose is 40 units at night. I have never had good morning readings if I take it in the AM. Sometimes with this dosage I have a perfect fasting reading, and other times it's into the 300's. An educator I saw recently (suggested by dr, though educator was not able to tell me anything new) told me that my current 40 units is too high because Lantus should only be half of daily insulin. If I take the Lantus down, my readings are high 100% of the time. I take less Humalog (when medicating correctly) because I eat lower carb foods (again, when I'm doing it correctly). I don't see what my Humalog dosage (based on my food) has to do with how much Lantus is needed to keep my blood sugar down regardless of food. Aside from the obvious that a healthier lower carb diet seems to reduce my need for Lantus by a few units.
Delighted to know things are getting better ... and that you had enough Humalog on hand to keep yourself going!

Looks like your educator's advice was based on continuing to eat carbs, and "covering" them with insulin, which, in my humble experience, doesn't work. Personally, I try to keep the carbs low enough so that I don't need Humalog at all!

Unlike most diseases, diabetes requires a ton of self-management. At some point, it is best to learn how to figure out our own doses. Things can change too fast for us to shop around for docs and wait for appointments. (The book, Using Insulin, by John Walsh, is an excellent source.)

Your Lantus may still need to be increased. Also ... although it is billed as a "24-hour" insulin, most basals work best when the dose is split into morning and evening doses. A 50-50 split is a good place to start -- with time, you may find you need more in the morning or evening, and adjust accordingly.

Here are a couple of links on diabetes and food that may help you tweak your regimen:


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You might want to take a step back and take a good look at what you've accomplished.

You've taken on an abandoned child and given him hope for a better life.

You've gotten rid of an abusive husband ( something many women just can't bring themselves to do) and moved on with your life.

You've graduated collage with a 4.0 GPA.

It seems to me you have a great deal to be proud of and the intestinal fortitude to accomplish just about whatever you put your mind to.

I can't imagine why you would ever have any doubt that you can get your Diabetes under control!! This is a piece of cake compared to some of the other challenges you've taken on.

There are many Type 1 Diabetics here that have very successfully gotten their disease under control. Let them help you do the same with yours. I'm quite certain that with the determination you've already shown in life that in no time you'll be doing much better.

Welcome to the forum. I'll be looking forward to reading about your success in the near future.

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And I'm just flat out proud of you and know you're going to do well meeting this challenge too!

Great to know you! Welcome!




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You might want to take a step back and take a good look at what you've accomplished. You've taken on an abandoned child and given him hope for a better life. You've gotten rid of an abusive husband ( something many women just can't bring themselves to do) and moved on with your life. You've graduated collage with a 4.0 GPA. It seems to me you have a great deal to be proud of and the intestinal fortitude to accomplish just about whatever you put your mind to. I can't imagine why you would ever have any doubt that you can get your Diabetes under control!! This is a piece of cake compared to some of the other challenges you've taken on. There are many Type 1 Diabetics here that have very successfully gotten their disease under control. Let them help you do the same with yours. I'm quite certain that with the determination you've already shown in life that in no time you'll be doing much better. Welcome to the forum. I'll be looking forward to reading about your success in the near future.
Thank you for such an encouraging response. I went grocery shopping today and spent my evening relearning carb counts for produce. I put a new battery in my food scale and measured exact carb counts per container. I have enough meals and snacks (low carb) to last me through the next few days pretty effortlessly.

I don't think I would have been so determined without the responses here. Thank you to everyone!

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Your my hero!! You've already started getting things under control.

So many people come here looking for a miracle cure that requires no effort on their part and allows them to still eat chocolate cake and ice cream as a snack each night. When they find out we can only give them some good advice on dealing with carbs and it will require some sacrifice on their part they run back to the ADA site. The 200 grams of carbs a day they recommend is a lot easier to live with than the 20 g most of us try to achieve.

It's kind of depressing because I know that at least some of them will suffer serious consequences down the road needlessly. They just don't have what it takes to give up all those luscious carbs and in the end they leave here thinking we're a bunch of misguided arseholes for even suggesting that they should.

When someone comes here and immediately takes action to fight this disease like you just have, it's like a spring day!!!!

You're going to make it girl and the good people on this forum will be here to support you in any way they can. They did it for me and changed my life in ways I can never repay them for and I'm certain they'll do it for you too.

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Sorry I don't have any advise to add to the ones above but just wanted to stop by to say that u are one of the most awesome and courageous person I "know"! to adopt a child with disabilities at such a young age (wow!) and study and deal with a tough marriage, it could have taken a toll on anyone. You seem to be a person who will tread on the right path, no matter what and will do the right thing. I, of all the people, have a lot to learn from you.

Your numbers will correct and your BS will come back on track. Just stick around here. Its going to get better from now on.

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Welcome supernova! You are an amazing woman! If you can handle all that you already have, this is going to be a walk in the park!! You go girl!

I have nothing more to add to the great advice you have already been given, I just wanted to add my welcome!

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