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Old 03-28-2013, 01:57   #1
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My name is Autumn. I am a 24 year old female diabetic. I have been Type 1 since I was 15 but I just had a reality check. I have been in denial for the past 9 years. I have been a terrible diabetic. My A1c is 9 (which is good compared to the 11 it was). I don't have health insurance so I wasn't checking my blook sugar often but after having my boyfriend almost see me die I need to get my **** together. So I figured why not talk to other people who are going through the same things as me?

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Hi, Autumn, good to meet you even under these circumstances. I'd first recommend you go check out Blood Sugar 101 for the basics. Even tho' she's a type 2 the information she has is valid. What do you eat? How's your drug therapy and how much insulin do you take and when? We'll want more info from you...especially from other type 1's.

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Old 03-28-2013, 04:58   #3
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I am currently taking humalog and lantus. Humalog is a sliding scale and I am on about 25 units of lantus for now. I was taking about 45 units a day but the doc wanted me to try 25 units for a week since my last episode. I just started keeping track of my carb choices though. I am taking 1 unit of humalog per carb choice (15 grams). thanks everyone.

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Old 03-28-2013, 05:00   #4
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I take insulin at least 5 times a day. 3-5 humalog with meals and lantus once a day. I also take a correction bolus on top of humalog with meals.

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Do read blood sugar 101 and see if you can get off or much lower as you lower your carbs. If you do, your 'episodes' will lessen. It does matter.




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Old 03-28-2013, 07:02   #6
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I am type 1; my body doesn't make insulin.

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Old 03-28-2013, 17:18   #7
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I am currently taking humalog and lantus. Humalog is a sliding scale and I am on about 25 units of lantus for now. I was taking about 45 units a day but the doc wanted me to try 25 units for a week since my last episode. I just started keeping track of my carb choices though. I am taking 1 unit of humalog per carb choice (15 grams). thanks everyone.
A sliding scale for rapid insulin didn't work that well for me. I actually had to tune it to where I knew how much rapid insulin I needed per GRAM of carb, not per carb serving. Perhaps you can look into this? It might help you in reaching your goals.

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I am type 1; my body doesn't make insulin.
That's okay -- you can still benefit from lowering your carbs and thus exogenous insulin dosage. Fewer U insulin = fewer hypos.

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Hi Autumn - I'm glad you've joined us.

Sometimes it's good to take baby steps. If you're new to getting better control of your blood sugar, don't worry about doing a sliding scale. It will work just fine until you're more confident with your food selections. Most of us were started on the sliding scale path and graduated to carb counting as we gained confidence with insulin.

I don't know if you're a reader-type, but if you are here are a couple of great books about how to make the most of insulin: Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner and Using Insulin by John Walsh. When I joined the T1 club in 2007 I felt like I was in completely uncharted territory. Reading these books helped me immensely - it was great to find that someone else had already invented the wheel and I just needed to take advantage of their experience and generosity.

Best of luck. Let us know how we can help you on the way.

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